Stories to live by

Robert Wuthnow

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“If we are concerned about transmitting ethical ideals to the future, for ourselves and for our children, we would be wise, then, to embed these ideals in stories. … [P]eople remember the caring they have experienced and recall these experiences by telling stories. But stories do more than keep memories alive. Sometimes these stories become so implanted in our minds that they act back upon us, directly and powerfully. We find ourselves acting them out. The characters in our stories show us how to behave.”.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-310
Number of pages15
JournalTheology Today
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies


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