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Grounding the Theoretical Account

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/9780199639342.003.0007

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Grounding the Theoretical Account

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This chapter presents the results of analysis of the data generated by the qualitative research, especially the long, semi-structured interviews. In the first section of the chapter, the approach to the data is governed by the conceptual categories derived from Tillich’s theoretical account of revelation. In the second section, the conceptual categories taken from the theoretical account are set aside and analysis concentrates on identifying unexpected themes and developing fresh categories out of the data. A new way of looking at the possibility of revelation through film emerges. Now the emphasis is on the community rather than the individual, and on sustained life-practice rather than momentary experience. This move results in the reinstatement of certain of the social and political aspects of Tillich’s thought.

Keywords: data; analysis; qualitative research; semi-structured interview; Tillich; revelation; community; individual; social; political

Chapter.  15275 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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