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Introduction

Jonathan Brant

in Paul Tillich and the Possibility of Revelation through Film

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639342
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738098 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639342.003.0001

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Introduction

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The introduction offers an account of the purpose and genesis of the research project as well as an overview of the whole book. The intellectual puzzle that elicited the research is discussed as is the reason for locating the research project in Latin America. Particular attention is paid to introducing the unusual methodology that was used in the development of this thesis as it is noted that a project that develops over a number of years, spans two continents, utilises two languages and shows little respect for the (sometimes contested) boundaries between the academic disciplines of systematic theology, film studies, and social science, is necessarily complex. Of great import is the way in which theory and empirical research data are fruitfully brought together. The potential application of this methodology to other theological concepts and cultural media is discussed.

Keywords: intellectual puzzle; research questions; methodology; Latin America; systematic theology; film studies; social science; empirical research; media

Chapter.  5134 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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