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Book of the Month: Religious Stories We Live By


Each month, we feature a book from the Lumina College Library handpicked by our librarian. This month's Book of the Month is:

Title: Religious Stories We Live By: Narrative Approaches in Theology and Religious Studies

Publisher: Brill

Editors: R. Ruard Ganzevoort, Maaike de Haardt, Michael Scherer-Rath.


Stories have always been important in religion, but systematic explorations of the narrative dimensions of religion are more recent and interdisciplinary explorations of narrative approaches in theology and religious studies are scarce. Religious Stories We Live By paves the ground for these much needed interdisciplinary conversations. It first offers philosophical, psychological, and epistemological reflections on the importance of narrative approaches in the study of religion. The subsequent sections contain case studies and disciplinary overviews of narrative perspectives in biblical, empirical, systematic, and historical approaches in theology and religious studies. Combined, the contributions showcase the potential of narrative perspectives in bridging theology and religious studies, as well as descriptive and normative approaches. Narrative perspectives offer a fruitful common ground for the study of religion.

About the editors

R. Ruard Ganzevoort, Ph.D (1994) teaches practical theology at VU University Amsterdam. He published extensively on pastoral and practical theology.

Maaike de Haardt, Ph.D (1993) teaches Religion and Gender (Raboud University) and Religion and Culture (Tilburg University). She published on religion and culture, the sacred/divinity in everyday life, and recently particularly on the city, city life and culture as 'places for the sacred'.

Michael Scherer-Rath, Ph.D (2001) teaches practical theology and empirical studies of religion at Radboud University Nijmegen. He published on religion, the narrative reconstruction of experiences of contingency and a narrative approach of religious counseling.­


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