The Storyteller’s Guide to the Galaxy
Moral meaning and the importance of storytelling as pedagogy
Humans are story-making creatures. We make sense of our lives by fitting them within the stories others tell us, or that we tell ourselves; and it’s increasingly recognised that a key component of well-being is the sense of being part of something bigger than we are. Within a culture of fragmented micro-stories, this becomes a problem.
Understanding the primacy of narrative to being human helps us to listen better, appreciate where others are coming from, and even gives us more chance of changing each other's minds. As an invitation to join up our individual stories with the master narrative of the universe, Christian faith taps into one of the great unmet needs of our time.
Speaker: Dr Natasha Moore
Natasha is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity. She has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and is the author of Victorian Poetry and Modern Life: The Unpoetical Age, as well as editor of 10 Tips for Atheists … and other conversations in faith and culture. She has worked for CPX since 2014 and written for the mainstream media on topics that include books, movies, politics, food, domestic violence, Scripture in schools, war, Thanksgiving, and freedom of speech.
Further Reading for Teacher Identified Professional Learning
Below you will find two readings that Dr Natasha Moore has identified as further reading. These readings will give you further insight into the content of the evening and will be valuable to inform your thinking.
1. Wright, N.T. (1991). How can the Bible be authoritative? (The Laing Lecture for 1989). Vox Evangelica, 21, 7-32.
2. Haidt, J. (2012). The Righteous Mind: Why good people are divided by politics and religion. London, England: Penguin Books. (Chapter 2: The Intuitive Dog and its Rational Tail)