Storytelling and The Formation of Souls

Aaron Ames discusses the importance of storytelling as cultivating to the soul.

Alexander the Great considered it his most prized possession; Hitler entertained it as the means to persuasion and power; and Jesus deemed it worthy of the secrets of the Kingdom of God. One of the most universal threads running through the history of humanity is our obsession with story. But why are stories so captivating? Neuroscience tells us that our memories are made for them; biology, that our bodies are stimulated by them; psychology, that our brains crave them; and theology, that our identity is found in them. What narrative is most informing our lens of reality? If the way to the heart is through story, then we, as educators, must learn to o er our students recurring glimpses of the Gospel. If we are in the business of making souls, we must also be in the business of storytelling.

Aaron Ames

Aaron teaches rhetoric, logic and speech at Trinity Christian Academy in Lexington, Kentucky, and is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, where he earned a master’s degree in theological studies with an emphasis in philosophy, as well as a master’s degree in biblical studies, with emphases in New Testament and Greek. Aaron also has a degree in letters and classics from the University of Oklahoma. His work has been published by the CiRCE Institute and by e Imaginative Conservative.

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