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Narrative, Postformal Cognition, and Religious Belief

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The study of narrative, and related advocacy of methods according importance to the place, function, and significance of story-telling in human behavior, increasingly shape one's understanding of human behavior. They have also affected one's view of religious "belief", practices, and contributions to human welfare. There are reasons to doubt, on narrative and associated constructionist grounds, in psychological science, whether religion and religious "truth" can yet be taken seriously. There are postformal stages in religious cognition, and these stages represent a distinctive and potentially valuable contribution to human development, both individual and social. This chapter argues that particular attention to studies of combining a narrative approach with postformal religious cognition may provide tools for understanding how higher development in this domain may offer both understanding, and the promotion of personal and social good.

Keywords: narrative; postformal religious cognition; psychological science; religious belief; religious truth

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