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James W. Fowler's stages of faith development theory

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli James W. Fowler's Stages of Faith Development Theory Stage 1: Intuitive-Projective Faith -typically ages 2-7
-stage in which fantasy and reality often get mixed together
-the child's imagination is formed in this stage
-adults preaching about negative aspects of religion can cause great harm to the child Stage 2: Mythic, Literal Stage -child starts to sort out the real from the make-believe.
-beliefs, moral rules, and attitudes are held literally. Thus, Heaven and Hell are viewed as actual places.
-begins to reflect on the real meanings. Stage 3: Synthetic, Conventional -a person will move into this stage around puberty.
-"Conventional" means that most people in this stage see themselves as believing what "everybody else" believes.
-Feel the need to be connected with the group. Stage 4: Individual-Reflective Faith -early to mid-twenties
-if this stage happens in the thirties or forties, it will be harder for the person to adapt.
-start to see outside the box and realize there are other perspectives.
-become disillusioned with their former faith. -(mid-life crisis)
-the point when people begin to realize the limits of logic and start to accept the paradoxes in life.
-begin to see life as a mystery.
-they still rely on their own views but become more open-minded to others' views. Stage 6:
Universalizing Faith Stage 5: Conjunctive Faith -this stage is reached only by few people (Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mother Teresa)
-are able to sacrifice their own well-being to that of their cause. (not like going to war)
-these people risk their own safety in order to help the helpless in unexpected ways. Deana Kortz Brett Pullen Kelsie VanAsten THE END
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