Title

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

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Adam, RJ 2008, 'Relating faith development and religious styles: reflections in light of apostasy from religious fundamentalism', Archive for the Psychology of Religion, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 201-231.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/157361208X317204

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

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 However, FDT is subsumed rather than superseded by RSP as a powerful lens through which to observe cognitive dimensions of religious development.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.