Preface 1 In the Beginning Were Stories, Not Texts 2 Story Is the Matrix of Theology 3 Theology Rewrites Stories 4 Stories Rectify Theology 5 The Theological Power of Stories 6 In Search of Our Roots 7 Stories within a Story 8 Stories Are Culturally Distinctive 9 Stories Can Be Theologically Interactive 10 The Bible, Stories, and Theology Bibliography
C. S. Song is Chair Professor of Theology at Yu Shan Theological Seminary and Chang Jong Christian University in Taiwan.
"...In my view, In the Beginning Were Stories, Not Texts is a fascinating book which succeeds in inscribing religious elements and re-conceptualizing fundamental themes into a new, interdisciplinary approach which can encapsulate religious studies into many other theories, disciplines and emerging subfields like narrative studies. It is the kind of exceptional book that can contribute to renew the discipline of religious studies and bring new directions... [...] This is undoubtedly the most refreshing book in religious studies I have read in years..." Yves Laberge, Theological book review, Vol. 24, No 2, 2012. '...C. S. Song's work is a fascinating journey through the stories of many lands and cultures. Like a grand storyteller for the ages, the author weaves tale after tale to explain his story theology.[...] ...In short, In The Beginning Were Stories, Not texts is a must read, especially for those who are curious about doing theology through stories...' Ken A. Jung, Reviews in Religion & Theology, Volume 20, Issue 2, March 2013.