Stages of Faith

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.

Author: James W. Fowler

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060628669

Category: Religion

Page: 356

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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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Dimensions of Human Behavior

After the responses were analyzed,interviewees were placed in one of six faith stages (see Exhibit 6.4). Fowler found a generally positive relationship between age and stage development; as age increased, so did the tendency for persons ...

Author: Elizabeth D. Hutchison

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412941259

Category: Psychology

Page: 657

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In this text, you will meet social workers and clients from a variety of work settings and situations who bring the passion and power of social work to life through engaging case studies found throughout the text. These case studies help apply the latest theory and research to real life practice situations. The Third Edition offers new case studies and is thoroughly updated and revised to reflect recent census data, developing trends, and cutting-edge research on human behavior.
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If I Really Believe Why Do I Have These Doubts

Maybe you, too, will personally identify with these specific seasons of growing faith and find them helpful. Numerous writers have helped me explore the stages of faith and their implications for our times of doubt.

Author: Dr. Lynn Anderson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451604777

Category: Religion

Page: 222

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For anyone who experiences a lapse of faith—here are the answers you seek. Faith is the most fundamentally important aspect of following Christ. Yet there are times in every believer's life when the inevitable question arises in the heart and works its way to the soul: If I really believe, why do I have these doubts? The question may have been planted by tragedy or trial. It may have been ignited by rejection or heartbreak. It may even be as simple as an intellectual burr that can't be shaken. If you or someone you know is asking this question, this book will bring help and hope to every heart in search of a deeper faith.
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Psychology for Christian Ministry

It is concerned with finding the simple essence of religious faith through all the complexities of tradition and belief. Jacobs' first three stages are seen as basically corresponding to the Freudian oral, anal and Oedipal stages ...

Author: Fraser N. Watts

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415240379

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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This work is a comprehensive introduction to psychology as it is relevant to those training for and working in the clergy. Proceeding from the understanding that psychology is the discipline that illuminates those processes of personal change and growth central to religion, the volume ranges over many aspects of the subject, covering social, developmental, educational, occupational and counselling psychology, as well as the psychology of religion. This professional handbook is tailored to meet the specific needs of the Christian ministry as they encounter psychology in their training and their everyday work.
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Journeys of Faith Religion Spirituality Humanistic Psychology

To address the first question, we could do no better than to turn to Stages of Faith, James Fowler's seminal work on the six stages of faith development published in 1981. Through a review of the stages, the spiritual journeys of Maslow ...

Author: Mike Brock PhD LPC

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781728368573

Category: Psychology

Page: 210

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Journeys of Faith: Religion, Spirituality, and Humanistic Psychology is about the intersection of a now hallowed approach to psychotherapy, today referred to as humanistic, or person-centered, counseling, and the broad religious/spiritual world that its first practitioners found themselves engaging, often much to their surprise. What is humanistic psychology? Where did it come from? How did it replace the two storied therapies—Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis and B. F. Skinner’s behaviorism—that had previously dominated counseling. And why and how did the practitioners of humanistic psychology find themselves engaging spiritual and religious questions, which hitherto had been understood by most psychologists as foreign to their field of interest? These are the questions Journeys of Faith: Religion, Spirituality, and Humanistic Psychology addresses. Rising to prominence in America during the post-World War II years, humanistic psychology reached its zenith in the 1950s and 1960s and continued to influence the national conversation—psychologically, spiritually, politically, and culturally—throughout the remaining decades of the 20th century. During those years, it attracted a wide and diverse following, becoming a cultural phenomenon that affected everything from counseling and education to parenting, religion, and business management. Its influence continues to be felt today, though often unrecognized and uncredited. The key players in the humanistic psychology movement—Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, Erich Fromm, and Rollo May—hailed from different sociocultural and religious backgrounds and followed dissimilar, though interconnecting, professional paths. While they were confronting the world’s problems through the lens of psychology and psychotherapy, other thinkers were approaching them from different perspectives, though equally humanistic. Among those others, the evolutionary biologist Julian Huxley receives special attention as one with particularly useful insights into the intersection of science and spirituality. “At a time when society is desperate for a sense of centeredness, Dr. Michael Brock produces for us a comprehensive address to just those factors which make life worth living. In Journeys of Faith: Religion, Spirituality, and Humanistic Psychology, he demonstrates humanity’s yearning for the experiential encounter with awe, wonder, and mystery and provides an assessment of the leading systems of psychological analysis in the modern world that offers scholars, practitioners, and students insight into the way forward in these times of anxiety and uncertainty. A more cogent integration of psychology and spirituality is not presently available.” –Dr. John Henry Morgan, Ph.D., Th.D., D.Sc. (London), Psy.D. (FH/Oxford), Research Professor of Clinical Psychopathology (Graduate Theological Foundation/Oklahoma), Harvard University Postdoctoral Visiting Scholar Mike Brock is a counselor in private practice in Dallas and Carl Ransom Rogers Professor of Counseling Psychology at the Graduate Theological Foundation. In addition, he teaches in the pastoral ministry program at the University of Dallas. His academic background includes degrees in philosophy, history, counseling, and psychology.
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Teaching for Spiritual Growth

But the point of developmental stages of faith is to help us understand better the ways people experience and exercise faith . If we can hear with greater sensitivity the structure of faith reported by people , we can understand better ...

Author: Perry G. Downs

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0310593700

Category: Religion

Page: 228

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Teaching for Spiritual Growth is a textbook that explains what it means to be spiritually mature and how churches can help people achieve spiritual growth.
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Introducing Christian Education

James W. Fowler, Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1981), pp. 4–15, 38–39. 3. James W. Fowler, “Stages in Faith Consciousness,” in Religious Development in ...

Author: Michael J. Anthony

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9780801022753

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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Learn how to successfully integrate biblical studies and theology with education, sociology, and psychology in this introductory textbook on Christian education.
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Guides for the Journey

Stages of Faith : The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning was one of the impressive results . " Other books followed , notably Becoming Adult , Becoming Christian : Adult Development and Christian Faith ( 1984 ) ...

Author: David G. Creamer

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761801820

Category: Philosophy

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Guides for the Journey is an introduction to the lives and thoughts of three significant thinkers: John Macmurray, Bernard Lonergan, and James Fowler. The book shows how their work is helpful in interpreting our lives and the world in which we live. Written for the introductory student or reader, this book makes Macmurray, Lonergan, and Fowler's work more accessible and is the first book to actually compare the thought of the three. Throughout the book, quotations from their writings help the reader to absorb and appreciate the texture and meaning of their work. Readers are not presumed to be familiar with philosophy or the meaning of technical terms used. An index and a glossary of names and key terms provide easy reference tools. Endnotes and a bibliography will stimulate further reading on the subject. Guides for the Journey is highly appropriate for university courses in religion as well as religious workshops and lectures. Contents: List of Tables; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Endnotes; John Macmurray (1891-1976); Endnotes; Macmurray's Characterization of the Personal Life; Endnotes; Bernard Lonergan; Endnotes; Lonergan's Understanding of Understanding; Endnotes; James Fowler (b.1940); Endnotes; Fowler's Faith Development Theory; Endnotes; A Summing Up; Endnotes; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.
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Faith from a Positive Psychology Perspective

He described a pre-stage followed by six stages along which meaning making progresses from simple and concrete to complex, abstract, and comprehensive. Advancing through the faith stages involves a multifaceted process of achieving ...

Author: Cindy Miller-Perrin

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789401794367

Category: Psychology

Page: 255

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This book highlights religious faith from a positive psychology perspective, examining the relationship between religious faith and optimal psychological functioning. It takes a perspective of religious diversity that incorporates international and cross-cultural work. The empirical literature on the role of faith and cognition, faith and emotion, and faith and behaviour is addressed including how these topics relate to individuals’ mental health, well-being, strength, and resilience. Information on how these faith concepts are relevant to the broader context of relational functioning in families, friendships, and communities is also incorporated. Psychologists have traditionally focused on the treatment of mental illness from a perspective of repairing damaged habits, damaged drives, damaged childhoods, and damaged brains. In recent years, however, many psychological researchers and practitioners have attempted to re-focus the field away from the study of human weakness and damage toward the promotion of a positive psychology of well-being among individuals, families, and communities. One domain within the field of positive psychology is the study of religious faith as a human strength that has the potential to enhance individuals’ optimal existence and well-being.
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