Searching for the Self: Classic Stories, Christian Scripture, and the Quest for Personal Identity

Searching for the Self: Classic Stories, Christian Scripture, and the Quest for Personal Identity

by Adrian T. Smith

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ISBN-13: 9781498298353
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/22/2018
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Adrian T. Smith has taught biblical studies for twenty years at numerous seminaries, including Westminster (Philadelphia and Dallas), Erskine (Due West, South Carolina), and Redeemer (Dallas). He is Visiting Professor of New Testament at Missional Training Center (Phoenix). Adrian is ordained as a Minister of the Gospel (Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church). He is the author of The Representation of Speech Events (2014). Adrian is married with two children and lives in Texas where he teaches humanities at Covenant Academy in Cypress.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Part 1 In the Beginning Was the Story

Spoiler Alert 1 (Overview of Part 1) 3

1 Spin the Bottle 5

2 A Graveyard Shift 11

3 Reinventing the Wheel 18

4 Cattle Prods 33

5 Identity Theft 51

6 Sleeping Beauty Awakes 68

Part 2 Stories Are … and Stories Do …

Spoiler Alert 2 (Overview of Part 2) 77

7 Somebody Wanted Because But So 78

8 The Seven Pillars of Wisdom 92

9 Alpha and Omega 104

10 Finding Neverland 114

11 The Purple Rose of Cairo 126

12 End-User Responsibility 145

Part 3 How Stories Change Lives

Spoiler Alert 3 (Overview of Part 3) 159

13 Don Quixote Rides Again 161

14 A Self-Image Problem 180

15 According to Script 193

16 A Better Life 206

17 American Graffiti 210

18 Selves under Construction (1): Losing the Plot 224

19 Selves under Construction (2): Healing Plots 233

20 Selves under Construction (3): A Work in Progress 240

21 Twelfth Night 254

Part 4 The World is a Dark Place-Stories Bring Light

Spoiler Alert 4: (Overview of Part 4) 271

22 A Clean Slate (John 13) 274

23 Redefining Your Personal Space (Hebrews) 279

24 The Men Who Would Be King (Mark's Gospel) 287

25 Out-of-Body Experiences (Ezekiel 1) 295

Part 5 Sequels and Backstory

Spoiler Alert 5 (Overview of Part 5) 305

26 Artists Don't Borrow-They Steal (a select annotated bibliography) 306

27 From Seed to Tree 314

Bibliography 325

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