On How Religion Creates New Life-stories
The book will be essential assigned reading in university courses in development studies, anthropology, and missiology.
Chapter 5. Life Stories on Restoring Human Dignity
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LIFE STORIES ON RESTORING HUMAN DIGNITY
In this chapter I will present some of the Bara people who have chosen to take part in the Lutheran church’s development work. They have chosen new solutions to the challenges they face in their everyday life and they have joined the church.
The life stories that I present here are based on qualitative interviews and conversations with three individuals, who might serve as examples of people who have experienced difficult and critical situations. Methodologically speaking the stories cannot be said to be representative of people in difficult situations in the Bara region. They stand out as examples and tell us something about the breadth and diversity in this special context. In many ways they share such things as the framework conditions that are in place, and which define the possibilities and the limitations which pressure these people.
At the same time the content of these stories is perhaps especially representative, in the sense that they tell us about the lives of people whose encounter with the development work of the Lutheran church has created new possibilities, and new hope, in an otherwise difficult situation in life.
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