Ianushkiavichene Ol'ga

James Fowler about the psychology of faith development

Ianushkiavichene Ol'ga (2015) "James Fowler about the psychology of faith development ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia IV : Pedagogika. Psihologiia, 2015, vol. 36, pp. 95-101 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturIV201536.95-101


This paper deals with the experimental study of the faith by James Fowler. Fowler developed techniques and he collected a wealth of experimental data, which represent a significant potential for researchers to the development of the religious identity of the person. James Fowler's study are based on the works of E. Erickson, L. Kohlberg, J. Piaget. Based on 359 interviews, Fowler postulated sequence of six discrete stages of development of the faith, which are gradually being built at an earlier stage. For each of the stages Fowler developed multidimensional measurement, highlighting the seven constituent aspects. Stage of relative stability interspersed with periods of transition, during which one or more aspects of belief change in its form, until all aspects not move into a new, stable stage.


James Fowler, Stages of Faith Development, religious identity of the person, interviews, issues, transition periods


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