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Title: Parables and principles of Christian communication : a study of the parable of the Good Samaritan from an interactive perspective and its relevance to Christian Media Practice, with particular reference to the South Indian context
Author: Joshva Raja, John
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2000
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The aim of this research is to develop a theological basis for an interactive approach to Christian communication from the analysis of Jesus' parables. The aim and method of this study are introduced in chapter 1. The need for this approach is identified in chapter 2 by reference to reports from WVV Assemblies and documents of Pontifical commissions. An interactive perspective is developed from Carey's cultural view while the theological basis is derived from Kierkegaard's concept of indirect communication. In this perspective communication is understood as a process in which the communicator and the audience share, participate and interact. The theological basis of this concept sees God as a participant in the human communication process regardless of its limitations and demands. This study emphasises the role of the audience in the construction of meanings even before they engage in receiving. Thus it identifies the need for the Christian communicators to participate in the communication process of the audience in order to share the gospel with them. The main task of this research is to identify such an interactive approach in the teachings of Jesus. In chapter 3 it is argued that Jesus interacted with his hearers through the parables. To participate in his hearers' communication process Jesus shared their beliefs and worldview and he also used their forms of communication. In order to establish this interactive approach in Jesus' teachings, this research analyses his method of parabolic communication with a particular reference to the parable of the Good Samaritan. The study of the parable of the Good Samaritan reveals that Jesus shared his hearers' religious expressions (such as 'eternal life', the law) and the beliefs associated with them. It also shows that he engaged in their communication process by using characters, plots and aesthetic elements that were familiar to them. His parables reflected and addressed the issues arising out of their context. The parable of the Good Samaritan portrays Jesus as one who shared, participated and interacted with his hearers.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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