Narrative Theology and Storytelling in Christian Education with Children

From: Volume XI, Issue 1: Autumn 1990 Pages 95-104

Abstract

Narrative theology affects people emotionally as well as intellectually. The story form is beneficial in ways such as uniting people with nature, carrying them back to childhood and helping to fathom paradox. Bruno Bettelheim suggests that fairy tales help children work through symbolized conflicts. James Fowler's Intuitive-Projective stage of ages 2-6 is one in which imagination and fantasy are prominent. John Westerhoff challenges the church to recognize the importance of transmitting its story to the young. All people should be taught stories of God, of tradition, and of God's people today. Some guidelines for storytelling help make it more effective.

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