Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 95–105

Is the faith of faith development Christian faith?

  • Jack T. Hanford

DOI: 10.1007/BF01031102

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Hanford, J.T. Pastoral Psychol (1993) 42: 95. doi:10.1007/BF01031102


The major research with a theological and developmental psychological perspective on the meaning and development of faith has been produced by James Fowler of Emory University and the Candler School of Theology. In this paper, I will present challenges by important critics who pose a significant question. Is this faith of the faith development research Christian faith? To provide an initial answer to the question, I will offer brief summaries of some of Fowler's writings that he has listed as most important for responding to the question. I will also present evidence from his writings and from the writings of other authors that he is indeed interpreting Christian faith.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jack T. Hanford
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  1. 1.Ferris State UniversityBig Rapids