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A comparison of personal devotional life, focussing on attitudes to the Bible, before and after embarking on academic biblical study

Cherryl Hunt, SWMTC

Initial Description

This project seeks to explore how the personal spiritual lives of students (ordinands, trainee Readers and independents) are affected by them participating in introductory study of both Testaments, within the framework of Common Awards. It will focus particularly on the students' employment of the Bible in their personal devotions.

The research will consist of student reflections on their personal spirituality both as they begin and as they end level 4 studies on the Bible. These will be collected via a qualitative research project consisting of surveys containing open-ended questions supplemented by interviews.

It is hoped that the findings will inform an approach towards delivering biblical studies which enables students to integrate their learning into their personal biblical engagement in such a way as to enrich spiritual formation and avoid any risk of undermining it.


Download the Hunt report .