Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 143–152

Forms of logic in faith development theory

  • Romney M. Moseley

DOI: 10.1007/BF01040802

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Moseley, R.M. Pastoral Psychol (1991) 39: 143. doi:10.1007/BF01040802


A fundamental characteristic of structural-developmental psychology is that development is governed by a logico-mathematical, hence scientific, principle of equilibrium. In this article I examine James Fowler's proposal for a metaphorical interpretation of logic in his theory of faith development. I intend to argue that a metaphorical understanding of logic radically shifts the theory of faith development away from Piagetian structuralism and towards dialectical psychology. A metaphorical reading of stages and their transformation raises serious questions about the attempt to define faith in terms of stages of individual psychological development. A secondary proposal to be considered is the relevance of metaphorical theology to faith development theory.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Romney M. Moseley
    • 1
  1. 1.Trinity CollegeUniversity of Toronto CanadaCanada

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