Traversing the Back Door of the Mind: Directing Imaginative Stories To Generate Meaningful Dialogue About Biblical Truths In a Materialist World
School of Communication and the Arts
Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (MFA)
Materialism, Pre-evangelism, Imaginative storytelling, apologetics, Post-Chritisian era, Eternity
Art and Design | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Birkeland, Heather Jean, "Traversing the Back Door of the Mind: Directing Imaginative Stories To Generate Meaningful Dialogue About Biblical Truths In a Materialist World" (2021). Masters Theses. 802.
Ontological materialism hinders evangelistic efforts because it precludes any dialogue about spiritual matters, especially regarding the importance of cultivating an eternal value system. Furthermore, potential meaningful dialogue is inhibited by an audience that routinely rejects overtly Christian materials, which results in failure to develop the correct contextual understanding regarding biblical spiritual truths. The writer provides an overview of the philosophy of ontological materialism and its effects on people, the impact of imaginative storytelling, and the psychology of narrative persuasion. Firstly, the selected thesis topic will explore how non-Christians could potentially approach and engage in biblical truths without hostility through the back door of the mind via storytelling and imaginative engagements. Secondly, the writer will produce an animated short based on a biblical eternal value system as the visual solution to exemplify how imaginative storytelling can create an enticing environment that facilitates meaningful dialogue on spiritual truths.
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