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The Enlightenment and Faith Development Theory

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The thesis of this essay is that the hard-won structures of rational autonomous consciousness, shaped in the Enlightenment, must be constructed by all persons in modern society. Structural and functional characteristics are described between the Enlightenment and the transition to the Individuative-Reflective Stage of faith development. The author concludes that faith development research itself is an outgrowth of Enlightenment impulses; that there are also parallels between the transition to the Conjunctive stage of faith and a culture-wide struggle toward post-Enlightenment modes of consiousness; and that faith development theory can provide an insight into contemporary regression to Pre-Enlightenment and pre-Individuative modes of faith and consciousness.

Affiliations: 1: Center for Faith Development Emory University Atlanta, Georgia 30322


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