If you aren’t familiar with James W. Fowler’s research on what he calls the “stages of faith” then you might be missing out on some good stuff.
There has been a lot written about Fowler’s research and I think it provides a helpful framework for understanding the dynamics of various individuals in a faith community. I think it is safe to say that most understand that different people are on different levels of spirituality and understanding, but I’m not sure we understand what the implications of being at those levels are.
Here is the full audio of a Seventh Day Adventist speaker named Jon Paulien talking about the stages of faith in great detail. I particularly enjoyed the last third of this recording and it got better and better until the end. I invite you to listen to the whole thing as it contains some truly inspired words and counsel.
Stages of Faith Audio
Have you ever observed someone that you thought was very spiritual but they often seem to be borderline “apostate” in some ways? Do you consider yourself knowledgeable in spiritual things and often feel like everyone else at church justRead Full Post