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Title: The influence of power and class on the Biblical interpretation of church members
Author: Sinclair, D. I.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1994
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The thesis examines the biblical interpretation of church members in the light of evidence from social science and from liberation theology which suggests that such interpretation will be crucially affected by social background and by power relations within a society. It does so in the central chapters by a series of six bible studies conducted with groups of members from three different congregations within the Church of Scotland. Chapter one provides an introduction to the theme which inform this examination. Chapter two describes the research project and its methodology before chapters three to eight report the discussions held in the groups. Chapter nine looks at the results of the discussions in terms of biblical interpretation and chapter ten returns to many of the themes outlined in chapter one to see how they have been developed by the work done in the groups. It is argued that original suspicions concerning the influence of power and class have been largely strengthened and that we can see at work a dominant theology which universalizes from the experience of a particular group. This leaves those from without that group with the choice of accepting a theology based on the experience of others, or developing their own, local theology. Chapter eleven concludes the thesis by looking at how such a development could be encouraged and enabled.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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