Relating faith development and religious styles: reflections in light of apostasy from religious fundamentalism

Adam, Raoul J. (2008) Relating faith development and religious styles: reflections in light of apostasy from religious fundamentalism. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 30 (1). pp. 201-231.

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Abstract

This paper provides a relational analysis of James Fowler's (1981) Faith Development Theory (FDT) and Heinz Streib's (2001) Religious Styles Perspective (RSP) in light of a recent study of apostasy from religious fundamentalisms. Empirical support is provided for both theories. RSP is endorsed as a more encompassing theory of religious development which accounts for more contingencies than FDT. However, FDT is subsumed rather than superseded by RSP as a powerful lens through which to observe cognitive dimensions of religious development. The paper introduces an integrative paradigm, phenomenological empiricism, to conceptualise a complementary relationship between FDT and RSP as key theories in the future study of religious development.

Item ID: 5808
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: faith development theory; religious development; faith styles; deconversion; apostasy; fundamentalism; religious fundamentalism; religious styles perspective; phenomenological empiricism
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Title in German: Archiv für Religionspychologie

ISSN: 1573-6121
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2009 23:34
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170111 Psychology of Religion @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950405 Religious Structures and Ritual @ 100%
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