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Reading the Bible outside the church : a case study

Author: David G Ford
Publisher: Eugene, Oregon : Pickwick Publications, 2018 ©2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In many places in the Western world, churchgoing is in decline and it cannot be assumed that people have a good grasp of the Bible's content. In this evolving situation, how would "the person on the street" read the Bible? Reading the Bible Outside the Church begins to answer this question. David Ford spent ten months at a chemical industrial plant providing non-churchgoing men with the opportunity to read and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David G Ford
ISBN: 9781532636813 1532636814 1532636830 9781532636837
OCLC Number: 1056157803
Description: viii, 243 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction : the relational nature of reading --
An unheard voice --
Research design : methodology, sample, and texts --
Data production : methods and fieldwork --
The transactional theory of reading --
Reader-shaped readings : experience --
Reader-shaped readings : identity --
Reader-shaped readings : attitude --
Reader-shaped readings : belief 1 --
Reader-shaped readings : belief 2 --
Text-shaped readings --
Conclusion : implications of relational Bible reading.
Responsibility: David G. Ford.

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In many places in the Western world, churchgoing is in decline and it cannot be assumed that people have a good grasp of the Bible's content. In this evolving situation, how would "the person on the street" read the Bible? Reading the Bible Outside the Church begins to answer this question. David Ford spent ten months at a chemical industrial plant providing non-churchgoing men with the opportunity to read and respond to five different biblical texts. Using an in-depth qualitative methodology, he charts how their prior experiences of religion, sense of (non)religious identity, attitudes towards the Bible, and beliefs about the Bible all shaped the readings that occurred. -- back cover.

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