Fowlers is. Dr. James W. Fowler, October 12, 1940 – October 16, 2015, respected American theologian who was Professor of Theology and Human Development and Director of the Emory University Center for Ethics from 1994 until his retirement in 2005.
“Fowler was a pioneering scholar in practical theology and ethics, building on cognitive development theory and extensive empirical research as he identified six stages of faith through which we move as we seek the meaning in our lives. His book Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning, was formative of a field in which research and scholarship continue to evolve internationally.
Fowler grew up in North Carolina, moving between towns with his United Methodist minister father before his family settled at Lake Junaluska, home of the Methodist conference center. He attended Duke University and Drew Seminary, then received his Ph.D. in Religion and Society from Harvard University and pursued post-doctoral studies at the Center for Moral Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Fowler taught at Harvard Divinity School and Boston College, before joining the faculty of Emory 's Candler School of Theology in 1977. He was named the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Theology and Human Development in 1987. He was an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. At Emory, he directed the Center for Research on Faith …show more content…
This begins at infancy up to two years of age; Fowler’s calls a “pre-stage,” or the Undifferentiated Faith. The pre-stage classified under stage one, known as “Intuitive-Projective Faith,” which is typical of children, ages 2 through 7.
Stage two known as the "Mythic-Literal Stage." This is where the child or even an adult person stuck in this phase is more than likely to begin categorizing the real from the fantasy. When in this stage the individual is more likely to take the viewpoint of another person, but his view of reciprocity is also rather literal. "If I follow the rules, God will give me a good life." "If I pray, God will grant my wish." Individuals may begin to grow out of this stage when they face struggles and conflicts in the stories.
The Third Stage is the "Synthetic, Conventional Faith." The Third Stage typically takes place around puberty; Fowler also indicates that many adults may never move beyond the stage of development.
During this phase, the individual seeks authority placed outside the