A Phenomenology of Practicing Dignified Dialogue on Denver Seminary Students’ Perceptions of Biblical Mutuality

Full Title
A Phenomenology of Practicing Dignified Dialogue on Denver Seminary Students’
A Phenomenology of Practicing Dignified Dialogue on Denver Seminary Students’ Perceptions of Biblical Mutuality
Abstract
This research investigated the problem of reluctance, inability, or challenges experienced by Christians to engage in Spirit-directed civil or dignified dialogue around theologically divisive topics, such as biblical mutuality. The goal was to explore the role, significance, and potential value of practicing dignified dialogue with other Christians as a way to negotiate divergent theological perspectives in order to determine, in part, how the exchange of ideas via dialogue might broaden understanding and even rightfully further consideration of the subject. A phenomenological research method was employed to discover the lived experiences of Denver Seminary students who practiced dignified dialogue in group studies around the topic of biblical mutuality for ten weeks. Participants’ collective experiences revealed that though participating in dignified dialogue was a difficult, thought-provoking, and tumultuous practice, it was a necessary skill to further develop as it is an essential component of shared humanity . The study affirmed the importance of dignified dialogue as a way to navigate conflict among Christians for the purpose of growing in Christlikeness, modeling unity among diversity, and sharing God’s reconciling love with a broken world.
Degree Granting Institution
Country
United States
Degree Granted
Doctor of Ministry
Major
Leadership in Ministry
Type of Work
D.Min. Project
Language
English
Date
2021
Number of Pages
217