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Does faith develop universally through stable and hierarchical stages?

Noble, Graham E.; (1996) Does faith develop universally through stable and hierarchical stages? Masters thesis (M.Phil), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Faith Development Theories are concerned with the way faith, as a way of knowing, develops universally through stable and hierarchical stages. This thesis questions the assumptions underlying these theories. The spiritual tradition of Western Christianity is examined for evidence of stable stages. Piaget's stage theory is reviewed critically. This is followed by a critical look at language development studies. The assumption of development as a naturally occurring phenomenon is questioned. Some thoughts are gathered about self and mind. Finally, these chapters are woven together to propose that faith may indeed change but that these changes are not universal, stable and hierarchical. A theory to explain faith change is developed throughout the thesis.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Qualification: M.Phil
Title: Does faith develop universally through stable and hierarchical stages?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10124690
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