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Visual Narratives. Entrance to Everyday Religious Practices

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This chapter focuses on the 'religious' dimensions of everyday practices and their theological meaning and interpretation, especially with regard to theological reflection on 'God'. To give an example of one of the forms of how one can 'practice' a theology of everyday life, the chapter offers an analysis and interpretation of a highly acclaimed narrative: the film Babette's Feast, directed by Gabriel Axel (1987), based on a novella by Isak Dinesen. The story of Babette's Feast manifests that the idea of God is indeed, as Johan Baptist Metz once said, a practical idea without which there is no truth in the pure idea of God. In weaving these stories of women's (and men's) graceful ways of being into the traditionally told stories of the Christian tradition, these stories too can well up to give concreteness to the abstract idea of God.

Keywords: Babette's Feast; everyday religious practices; theological approaches; visual narrative



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