Graham Stanton
Graham Stanton

Project Title: The role of the imagination in the dynamics of Bible engagement for the spiritual formation of teenagers

Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Neil Pembroke

Project Abstract: The Christian community has always believed that an encounter with the Bible and engagement with its principal teachings is crucial to the spiritual transformation of teenagers. But questions about the nature of that encounter and strategies for helping teenagers to engage with the text have seldom been asked or answered with clarity and conviction. It is often assumed that simply reading the Bible and having its meaning explained is sufficient. This thesis will seek to apply insights from aesthetic pedagogy to the uses (and misuses) of Scripture in contemporary Australian youth ministry and propose a practice framework for approaching Bible engagement for Christian discipleship among teenagers.

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