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  • Mark Tindall
    Although dated this is worthy to remind ourselves of regarding Mooism. Mark ... abstract ... thinking ... time) ... of ... and ... 3
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 18, 2003
      Although dated this is worthy to remind ourselves of regarding Mooism.

      Mark

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      > > (Stages of Faith, by James W. Fowler is published in paperback by Harper
      > > Collins, 1995.)
      > >
      > > Stage 1--Magical World
      > >
      > > ages 2-6, perceives the world through lens of imagination and
      > intuition
      > > unrestrained by logic
      > >
      > > e.g., lives in a magical world in which anything is possible
      > >
      > > Stage 2--Concrete Family
      > >
      > > ages 6-12, sees the world as a story--concrete, literal, narrative
      > family
      > > of ritual and myth
      > >
      > > e.g., "In the beginning, God created the . . ."
      > > stage 2 collapses when teenagers use newfound power of
      abstract
      > > thought to deconstruct previous understanding of the world
      > > e.g., risk of rejecting religious beliefs of parents, and
      > identifying
      > > with surrounding secular culture
      > >
      > > Stage 3--Faith Community *
      > >
      > > teenager to early adulthood or beyond, sees the world through the
      > lens of
      > > the peer community
      > >
      > > e.g., unconsciously "catches" faith, values, and way of
      thinking
      > from
      > > peer group or subculture tends not to question the accepted ways of
      > > thinking
      > > e.g., "if the Bible says . . . it must be true" or "if some
      > group
      > > says . . . it's the Truth" difficult dealing calmly and rationally
      > > with issues that touches on one's identity
      > >
      > > Stage 4--Rational Constructs *
      > >
      > > adulthood (if) traditional answers stop making sense
      > >
      > > e.g., beliefs previously unquestioned are called into account
      > > develops the capacity to step back (usually for the first
      time)
      > and
      > > examine beliefs with reason universe is reconstructed with self-chosen
      > > concepts might experience deep disappointment/anger on finding some
      > > beliefs did not stand up to investigation
      > >
      > > Stage 5--Numinous (Supernatural/Mysterious) Universe
      > >
      > > mid-life or latter (if) it seems we have run up against the limits
      of
      > > rational thought
      > >
      > > e.g., the search for certainty can end in feelings of
      > failure/despair
      > > we come to live in a spiritual universe of mystery, wonder,
      and
      > > paradox
      > > e.g., we might return to sacred symbol, story, tradition,
      > liturgy,
      > > spiritual community, but no longer captured in a theological box
      > >
      > > Stage 6--Selfless Service **
      > >
      > > rare stage for many
      > >
      > > identifies deeply with all humanity, and spends themselves in
      > service
      > > of worldwide issues of love, and justice
      > > e.g., Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, etc.
      > >
      > > ________________
      > >
      > > (*) To those in stage 3 or higher, the next stage looks like a loss of
      > > faith, and the previous stage is repulsive. This can be seen when stage
      3
      > > engages in witch hunting, and stage 4 baits and taunts stage 3.
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