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dc.contributor.authorFraser, Ryan Noelen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-22T18:48:00Z
dc.date.available2014-07-22T18:48:00Z
dc.date.created2010en_US
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifieretd-03212011-163416en_US
dc.identifierumi-10185en_US
dc.identifiercat-001666438en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.tcu.edu:443/handle/116099117/4227
dc.descriptionTitle from dissertation title page (viewed Mar. 28, 2011).en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes abstract.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.)--Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, 2010.en_US
dc.description"Dissertation presented to the Faculty of Brite Divinity School in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling."en_US
dc.descriptionDissertation advisor: Nancy J. Gorsuch.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionText (electronic thesis) in PDF.en_US
dc.description"In this dissertation, I present the research findings of my interviews conducted with twenty Christian adoptive couples. I explore the narratives of their adoptive parenting experiences, primarily focusing on the ways that adopting children affects the parents' spirituality and theological understandings. Furthermore, I investigate adoptive parenthood as a spiritually challenging and formative experience. In this study, the broader descriptive notion of "narrative" is utilized as a hermeneutical approach that crosses disciplines. The primary lenses through which I view the adoption stories include canonical narrative theology and adoption literature from the social sciences in addition to narrative psychology. I delineate and discuss four central categories that emerge from the raw narrative data by means of grounded theory, including the following: (1) systemic evil that militates against adoption, (2) divine initiative and love, (3) spiritual struggles, and (4) faithful human response. Finally, I suggest pastoral theological reconstructions of adoptive parenthood as well as implications for pastoral theology, pastoral care and counseling, and the practice of ministry"--Abstract.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherFort Worth, TX : [Texas Christian University],en_US
dc.relation.ispartofTexas Christian University dissertationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofUMI thesis.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofTexas Christian University dissertation.en_US
dc.relation.requiresMode of access: World Wide Web.en_US
dc.relation.requiresSystem requirements: Adobe Acrobat reader.en_US
dc.subject.lcshAdoptive parents.en_US
dc.subject.lcshAdoption Religious aspects Christianity.en_US
dc.subject.lcshNarrative theology.en_US
dc.subject.lcshPastoral counseling.en_US
dc.subject.lcshChurch work with adoptive parents.en_US
dc.titleThe spiritual narratives of adoptive parents [electronic resource] : constructions of Christian faith stories and pastoral theological implications /en_US
dc.typeTexten_US
etd.degree.departmentBrite Divinity School
etd.degree.levelDoctoral


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