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FREE PDF ✓ BOOK Stages of Faith ☆ JAMES W FOWLER ↠ ❰Download❯ ➺ Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning Author James W Fowler – Groundbreaking study shows how human life is progressively centered around a basic set of meanings and valueGroundbreaking study shows how human life is pro Stages of Faith The psychology of human development and the uest for meaning by James W Fowler Harper Collins 1981 348 ffEach person's faith is uniue yet faith is also universal It is fundamental mysterious and infinitely varied So says James W Fowler in the introduction to his most popular work `Stages of Faith' He is a minister in the United Methodist Church Professor of Theology and Human Development at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia USA and Director of the Center for Ethics there In this book he is suggesting that individuals develop their faith throughout life in a similar way that Jean Piaget proposed a theory of cognitive development and Lawrence Kohlberg suggested stages of moral developmentSome authors like Michael Barnes disagree fundamentally with Fowler's thesis Further to Fowler `faith is not always religious in its content or context' another concept that Barnes takes issue with Fowler points out that many animals `are endowed with far set and specific instinctive guidance systems than we are' But what Man seems to possess uniuely within the animal kingdom is conscious awareness we reuire meaning in our lives He recalls Wilfred Cantwell Smith's distinction between faith and belief faith is our relationship with the transcendent from which beliefs are fashioned This distinction is of prime importance in Smith's and thence Fowler's writing Faith develops from our relationship with the world and other people; yet it seems then that faith a opposed to belief should indeed apply only in a religious context for beliefs can be purely secularThe seven stages of faith are given on p52 of the book and are then elaborated on in the remaining chapters The `baseline' for development of these stages of faith is the state during the first two years of life before an infant is capable of defining any meaning for faith The first stage of faith proper is the trust that the infant has in those who nurture him or her again nothing to do with religion This Fowler describes as the intuitive projective faith of the 3 7 year old The mythic literal stage from 7 to 12 years of age in primary school is characterised by pictures of anthropomorphic deities From age 12 to adulthood our synthetic conventional faith is characterised by conformity with that of our friends andor family in our uest for personal identity In our late twenties and thirties we begin to uestion our beliefs as to whether or not they are genuine and meaningful We begin to take responsibility for our beliefs This doubt reaches a climax in that period often described as the `mid life crisis' in which we must resolve any inconsistencies in our belief system The final stage represents `enlightenment' when we believe we see clearly what our life path was all about and look back on achievements and try to make good any deficiencies in accordance with our faithThis is a challenging and thought provoking book whether or not you agree with the central thesis It isn't an easy read but I found it well worth the challengeDr Howard A Jones is the author of The Thoughtful Guide to God 2006 and The Tao of Holism 2008 both published by O Books of Winchester UK; and The World as Spirit published by Fairhill Publishing Whitland West Wales 2011 Understanding Religion and Science Introducing the Debate Michael Horace Barnes

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Gressively centered around a basic set of meanin Fowler 's scientific methodology is atrocious but his book is nevertheless fascinating and illuminating integrating science and religion in a constructive way Of great value to anyone interested in religion or psychology and no doubt of value pastorally as well

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