‘Fkd up by Faith’ : how does podcasting help create an intimate space for generating theological narrative? Re-storying spiritual and religious abuse

Mills, J. C. (2022) ‘Fkd up by Faith’ : how does podcasting help create an intimate space for generating theological narrative? Re-storying spiritual and religious abuse. Masters theses, University of Chichester.

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Podcasting has grown rapidly in popularity over the past twenty years, with millions of
podcast listeners globally. Whilst there is a wealth of scholarship in podcasting studies, and
equally in the emergent field of digital theology, there is a lack of literature at the
intersection of both. Theology (and theology adjacent) podcasts occupy a significant niche
in the genre. However, they are mostly used for discussing theology and for the purposes of
‘digitally mediated Christianity’ rather than creating theology or facilitating theological
research. A key feature identified by podcasting scholars, is the medium’s unique mode of
audio intimacy. Using recordings of interviews from the Podcast ‘Fkd Up by Faith’, this
study examines whether the narrative podcast might be an intimate medium in which
theology may be actively generated. Specifically, the ‘ordinary theology’ of those who were
invited to talk about their experiences of spiritual abuse, alienation, or rejection in their faith
communities. An ethnographic case-study using thematic analysis of audio recordings and
interview transcripts was carried out. Seven participants were selected from those who had
previously recorded interviews for the ‘Fkd Up By Faith’ podcast. The process of analysis
was influenced by grounded theory, and an emergent grounded theology. The findings
detail three key theological themes that emerged, namely: Sin; God and Salvation,
demonstrating that the participants were engaging in theological reflection. An additional
observation, worthy of further academic exploration, noted that the theme generated within
the intimate container created a space akin to the sacramental confessional. These findings
give credibility to the assertion that the podcast does seem to provide an intimate space for
generating theological narrative.

Publication Type: Theses (Masters)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BT Doctrinal Theology
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Student Research > Masters
Depositing User: Janet Carter
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2024 15:41
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2024 16:55
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/7316

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