The Peculiar Treasures of Spiritual Autobiography

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Evelyn Diephouse


"That's the trouble with post-modern culture," a theologian said to me recently, "the only thing that carries any meaning is story." His comment had a kind of sad resignation to it, as though a Camelot-like vision of human intellectual achievement were fading out of reach; it also implied his evaluation of story as a vehicle for truth. His despair over the lack of interest in creeds and doctrinal standards in the church today has some validity; it is extremely important for the evangelical church to give an intellectually vital witness to the faith. But his disparagement of story as a way of making meaning is unfounded, and reflects, I think, a blind spot in the Reformed tradition.

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Diephouse, E. (1997). The Peculiar Treasures of Spiritual Autobiography. Reformed Review, 51(1), 44-52. Retrieved from
Autobiography; Spiritual life -- Christianity; Spiritual formation; Narrative theology