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Theodramatic Rehearsal: Fighting Self-Deception through the Dramatic Imagination

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2825 Lexington Road, Louisville 40280, KY, USA
2939 Rio Rita Avenue, Louisville 40220, KY, USA
Religions 2014, 5(1), 304-320;
Received: 20 December 2013 / Revised: 31 January 2014 / Accepted: 17 February 2014 / Published: 3 March 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Christian Psychology: Past, Present, and Future)
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This paper seeks to appropriate the insights of dramatic theology for Christian psychology and soul care. According to Kevin Vanhoozer, Scripture is the ‘script’ for human beings’ fitting participation in the acts and deeds of God in the world (i.e., ‘theodrama’). Keeping with this dramatic paradigm, the author will explore what ‘rehearsal’ might entail by drawing from a branch of psychotherapy called ‘psychodrama.’ The main question to be addressed in this appropriation of dramatic theology is, “How might dramatic rehearsal combat self-deception?” The author will only begin to answer this question, but in the attempt it is hoped that further reflection and clarity will be induced. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-deception; psychodrama; theodrama self-deception; psychodrama; theodrama
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Vaden, B. Theodramatic Rehearsal: Fighting Self-Deception through the Dramatic Imagination. Religions 2014, 5, 304-320.

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