two years, children hardly understand faith matters and only integrate the environment in terms of movement and language exhibited in their immediate in the environment. This relates to the intuitive-reflective faith stage were a child when children organize their thoughts using newly acquired speech skills and symbols ( Fowler & Dell, 2004). As they progress to the mythical stage of faith development they begin making sense of mythological stories regarding faith and the Supreme Being. This relates to the preoperational stage of cognitive development when children become more egocentric and strive to understand things from the perspective of others ( Salkind, 2004). The synthetic-conventional faith where a person builds self-identity in matters of faith relates to the formal operational stage where individuals apply abstract and theoretical thinking in interprating religious issues ( Fowler & Dell, 2004). Being able to use deductive thinking and logical reasoning enables a person to move form family circles and subscribe to independent religious beliefs that mark their identity. Such a person would be said to be experiencing conjunctive faith.
- Spring '19
- Thomas Meade
- Developmental Psychology, Faith