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School of Divinity


Theology and Apologetics


Theological education, postsecondary education, story, stories, using story in education, formation, engagement


Due to the formative power of stories and their ability to captivate an audience, we should be supplementing contemporary postsecondary theological education (which typically relies upon the relaying of facts and fails to engage students on an emotional level) with story. This article takes a look at three studies that have tested similar concepts in other disciplines. Their findings suggest that stories do, in fact, increase and sustain student engagement, as well as increase the formative impact of the knowledge they impart. Based on their findings and my own analysis of their methods, I conclude that story would be an effective tool if implemented correctly into theological education, and further study into its supplemental use is recommended.