Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development
Dr. James Fowler has asked these questions, and others like them, of nearly six hundred people. He has talked with men, women, and children of all ages, from four to eighty-eight, including Jews, Catholics, Protestants, agnostics, and atheists. In many cases, the interviews became in-depth conversations that provided rare, intimate glimpses into the various ways our lives have meaning and purpose, windows into what this books calls faith.
Faith, as approached here, is not necessarily religious, nor is it to be equated with belief. Rather, faith is a person's way of leaning into and making sense of life. More verb that noun, faith is the dynamic system of images, values, and commitments that guide one's life. It is thus universal: everyone who chooses to go on living operated by some basic faith.
Building on the contributions of such key thinkers as Piaget, Erikson, and Kohlberg, Fowler draws on a wide range of scholarship, literature, and firsthand research to present expertly and engagingly the six stages that emerge in working out the meaning of our lives--from the intuitive, imitative faith of childhood through conventional and then more independent faith to the universalizing, self-transcending faith of full maturity. Stages of Faith helps us to understand our own pilgrimage of faith, the passages of our own quest for meaning and value.
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Review: Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human DevelopmentUser Review - Goodreads
Fascinating read. Technical in places (to be honest, I skipped over some areas), but don't let that dissuade you from reading it. If nothing else, the final chapter - Faith on Earth - makes the whole book worth reading.
Review: Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human DevelopmentUser Review - Sue Wickham - Goodreads
Read this YEARS ago and was pleased to find it still available. It looks seriously at human development and the way we grapple with questions of faith regardless of religious tradition. An excellent resource for any religious practitioner. Read full review
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