Text
Faith Beyond Fundamentalism
& Anti-Fundamentalism:
where do we go from here?
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Four Stages in the Journey of Faith
3
Sea anemones at 88 feet, natural light
Same sea anemones at 88 feet, with full spectrum light
Your available light depends on
your depth or stage of ascent.
What you see depends on
your available light.
Four Stages on
the Journey
of Faith
Is this normal?
What should I expect next?
Are we there yet?
Will this be on the test?
Why do I need to learn this?
stages
levels
zones
turnings
William Blake - innocence, experiences, higher
experience
Soren Kierkegaard - aesthetic, ethical, religious
William Perry ...
Four Stages
of Faith
Development
Stage 1
Simplicity
Stage 1
Simplicity
You’re either for us or against
us. It’s all or nothing.
Stage 1
Simplicity
Focus: Right or wrong? Good or
bad?
Motive: Pleasing authority
figures, being an insider “us”
Perceptio...
Stage 1
Beliefs
-everything is known or
knowable; there are easy
answers to every question
-good authorities/us are the on...
Stage 1
Authorities
Godlike, God’s representatives,
they know and give answers
Stage 1
Simplicity
Life is a war.
Stage 1
Identity: In my leader or group.
Relationships: Dependent or co-
dependent
Stage 1
Simplicity
God is …
The Ultimate Authority Figure
or Ultimate Friend
Stage 1
Simplicity
STRENGTHS: highly committed,
willing to sacrifice and suffer.
WEAKNESSES: May be willing to
inflict suf...
Stage 1
Simplicity
Stage 2
Complexity
Stage 2
Complexity
There’s more than one way to do
things.
Stage 2
Complexity
Focus: Effective or ineffective?
Technique, winning, success
Motive: Reach goals, being
effective
Perce...
Stage 2
Beliefs:
-anything is doable
-there are many ways to reach
the goal
-authorities/us are the ones who
know how to d...
Stage 2
Authorities
Coaches. They help you grow
and succeed with know-how.
Stage 2
Complexity
Life is a game.
Learn the rules.
Play to win.
Stage 2
Complexity
Identity: My cause or
achievement.
Relationships: Increasingly
independent.
Stage 2
Complexity
God is …
The Ultimate Guide or Coach
Stage 2
Complexity
STRENGTHS: Enthusiasm,
idealism, action
WEAKNESSES: Superficial,
naïve, overly pragmatic
Stage 2
Complexity
Stage 3
Perplexity
Stage 3
Perplexity
Everyone has an opinion. Who
knows who is right?
Stage 3
Perplexity
Focus: Honest or dishonest?
Authentic or inauthentic?
Motive: Being honest or
authentic
Perception: Rel...
Stage 3
Beliefs
-little/nothing is known or
knowable; everybody has an
opinion
-good people are honest about
their questio...
Stage 3
Authorities are ...
Controllers
The Enemy
Trying to impose easy answers
on the naïve
Trying to use the naive
Stage 3
Perplexity
Life is …
a joke
mystery
or search
Stage 3
Identity: In solitude, or among a
small band of similarly alienated
friends
Relationships: Counter-
dependent
Stage 3
Perplexity
God is …
mythic authority I’ve outgrown
mysterious reality I’m seeking
or opiate of the pathetic masses
Stage 3
Perplexity
STRENGTHS: depth, honesty,
sensitivity to suffering, perhaps
ironic humor
WEAKNESSES: cynical,
uncommit...
Stage 3
Perplexity
Stage 4
Humility/Harmony
Stage 4
Humility/Harmony
Seek first God’s kingdom … love
God, love neighbors … in
essentials unity … focus on a
few grand ...
Stage 4
Humility/Harmony
Focus: Wise or unwise?
Fulfilling potential
Motive: Serve, contribute, make
a difference
Percepti...
Stage 4
Beliefs
-some things are known, many
are mysteries; life is a quest
-there is no “them”
Stage 4
Authorities
people like me
imperfect
sometimes doing their best,
sometimes dishonest,
sometimes sincerely misguided
Stage 4
Life is ...
What you make it (with God’s
help)
Stage 4
Identity: In mutual relationships
Relationships: Interdependent
Stage 4
God is ...
Knowable in part, yet
mysterious, present yet
transcendent, just yet merciful
(able to hold truths in t...
Stage 4
Humility/Harmony
STRENGTHS: May exhibit
strengths of previous stages,
plus stability, endurance,
wisdom
WEAKNESSES...
Stage 4
Humility/Harmony
Stage 1
Simplicity
Stage 2
Complexity
Stage 3
Perplexity
Stage 4
Humility/Harmony
Doubt
occurs at
margins.
An observation:
Cults and “bad faith” or “toxic”
religion can be seen as groups
which require people to revert to a
Stage ...
An observation:
Whole denominations or parachurch
organizations seem to specialize in
certain stages, and fail people in
o...
An observation:
Leaders seldom (never?) lead
people in a stage beyond their own.
1’s lead 1’s.
2’s lead 2’s and 1’s.
3’s l...
An observation:
Stage 3 is tough on everybody --
leaders and followers.
An observation:
Jesus models working with people
in each stage, and always brings
them farther on the journey.
A question:
How do we minister to people with
such contrary expectations, needs,
issues, and desires?
A direction:
Explore...
An important reminder
The goal isn’t to rush through the
stages to get to 4 as soon as
possible.
Each stage has lessons to...
disciple Dis*ci"ple, n. [OE. disciple, deciple,
OF. disciple, fr. L. discipulus, fr. discere to
learn (akin to docere to t...
We need churches and ministries
that help people at all levels ...
Stage 0
Egocentricity
It’s all about me.
Stage 0
Egocentricity
Focus: Like or dislike? Fun or not?
Motive: Pleasing & comforting
myself
Perception: Narcissistic
Stage 0
Beliefs
-I would be constantly happy if
everyone would cooperate
-authorities exist to make me feel
good
-bad peop...
Stage 0
Authorities
Exist for my benefit, serve my
entitlement, are genii-like.
Stage 0
Egocentricity
Life is play or party.
Stage 0
Identity: In my likes and dislikes.
Relationships: Presumptive
Stage 0
Egocentricity
God is …
The Candyman, the Genii, the
Magic Lamp
Stage 0
1 line of reasoning:
does it make me feel good or bad?
do i “like” it?
Stage 0
Egocentricity
STRENGTHS: emotionally
expressive, transparent, aware of
own needs and desires.
WEAKNESSES: Largely ...
Stage 0
Egocentricity
Connection through need.
Thoughts on
“speaking simplicity”
1. Be strong. If it’s “your turf,” own it hospitably. If it’s
neutral turf, stand as a p...
6. Take a bold stand - and justify it using justice,
compassion, purity, tradition, and loyalty. Challenge boldly
- “I wou...
6. Take a bold stand - and justify it using justice,
compassion, purity, tradition, and loyalty. Challenge boldly
- “I wou...
From selfish to true self
0. Egocentricity - One (me!)
1. Simplicity - Two (us/them)
2. Complexity - Three or more
3. Perp...
Four Stages
in the
journey of
faith
SIMPLICITY
COMPLEXITY
PERPLEXITY
HARMONY
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Four Stages on
the Journey
of Faith
Stage 1
Simplicity
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Stage 2
Complexity
sorry
help
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Space 3
Perplexity/Surviving
when?
no!
why?
Space 4
Harmony/Deepening
behold
yes
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  • 1. Text Faith Beyond Fundamentalism & Anti-Fundamentalism: where do we go from here?
  • 2. Text Four Stages in the Journey of Faith
  • 3. 3 Sea anemones at 88 feet, natural light
  • 4. Same sea anemones at 88 feet, with full spectrum light
  • 5. Your available light depends on your depth or stage of ascent. What you see depends on your available light.
  • 6. Four Stages on the Journey of Faith
  • 7. Is this normal? What should I expect next? Are we there yet? Will this be on the test? Why do I need to learn this?
  • 8. stages levels zones turnings
  • 9. William Blake - innocence, experiences, higher experience Soren Kierkegaard - aesthetic, ethical, religious William Perry - dualism (a,b), multiplicity (a,b), relativism (a,b), commitment (a,b,c) James Fowler - primal, mythical-literal, synthetic- conventional, individual-reflective, conjunctive, universalizing Graves/Beck/Wilber - archaic-instinctive, animist/tribal, ego-centric-exploitive, absolutist -authoritarian, scientific strategic, relativistic- personalistic - communitarian; systemic-integral, holistic
  • 10. Four Stages of Faith Development
  • 11. Stage 1 Simplicity
  • 12. Stage 1 Simplicity You’re either for us or against us. It’s all or nothing.
  • 13. Stage 1 Simplicity Focus: Right or wrong? Good or bad? Motive: Pleasing authority figures, being an insider “us” Perception: Dualistic
  • 14. Stage 1 Beliefs -everything is known or knowable; there are easy answers to every question -good authorities/us are the ones who know the right answers -the bad guys/them are wrong
  • 15. Stage 1 Authorities Godlike, God’s representatives, they know and give answers
  • 16. Stage 1 Simplicity Life is a war.
  • 17. Stage 1 Identity: In my leader or group. Relationships: Dependent or co- dependent
  • 18. Stage 1 Simplicity God is … The Ultimate Authority Figure or Ultimate Friend
  • 19. Stage 1 Simplicity STRENGTHS: highly committed, willing to sacrifice and suffer. WEAKNESSES: May be willing to inflict suffering or kill. Arrogant, simplistic, combative, judgmental, intolerant
  • 20. Stage 1 Simplicity
  • 21. Stage 2 Complexity
  • 22. Stage 2 Complexity There’s more than one way to do things.
  • 23. Stage 2 Complexity Focus: Effective or ineffective? Technique, winning, success Motive: Reach goals, being effective Perception: Pragmatic
  • 24. Stage 2 Beliefs: -anything is doable -there are many ways to reach the goal -authorities/us are the ones who know how to do it -the bad guys don’t do the right stuff
  • 25. Stage 2 Authorities Coaches. They help you grow and succeed with know-how.
  • 26. Stage 2 Complexity Life is a game. Learn the rules. Play to win.
  • 27. Stage 2 Complexity Identity: My cause or achievement. Relationships: Increasingly independent.
  • 28. Stage 2 Complexity God is … The Ultimate Guide or Coach
  • 29. Stage 2 Complexity STRENGTHS: Enthusiasm, idealism, action WEAKNESSES: Superficial, naïve, overly pragmatic
  • 30. Stage 2 Complexity
  • 31. Stage 3 Perplexity
  • 32. Stage 3 Perplexity Everyone has an opinion. Who knows who is right?
  • 33. Stage 3 Perplexity Focus: Honest or dishonest? Authentic or inauthentic? Motive: Being honest or authentic Perception: Relativistic, critical
  • 34. Stage 3 Beliefs -little/nothing is known or knowable; everybody has an opinion -good people are honest about their questions
  • 35. Stage 3 Authorities are ... Controllers The Enemy Trying to impose easy answers on the naïve Trying to use the naive
  • 36. Stage 3 Perplexity Life is … a joke mystery or search
  • 37. Stage 3 Identity: In solitude, or among a small band of similarly alienated friends Relationships: Counter- dependent
  • 38. Stage 3 Perplexity God is … mythic authority I’ve outgrown mysterious reality I’m seeking or opiate of the pathetic masses
  • 39. Stage 3 Perplexity STRENGTHS: depth, honesty, sensitivity to suffering, perhaps ironic humor WEAKNESSES: cynical, uncommitted, withdrawn, critical, depressed, elitist
  • 40. Stage 3 Perplexity
  • 41. Stage 4 Humility/Harmony
  • 42. Stage 4 Humility/Harmony Seek first God’s kingdom … love God, love neighbors … in essentials unity … focus on a few grand essentials
  • 43. Stage 4 Humility/Harmony Focus: Wise or unwise? Fulfilling potential Motive: Serve, contribute, make a difference Perception: Integrated, synthesizing, sympathetic
  • 44. Stage 4 Beliefs -some things are known, many are mysteries; life is a quest -there is no “them”
  • 45. Stage 4 Authorities people like me imperfect sometimes doing their best, sometimes dishonest, sometimes sincerely misguided
  • 46. Stage 4 Life is ... What you make it (with God’s help)
  • 47. Stage 4 Identity: In mutual relationships Relationships: Interdependent
  • 48. Stage 4 God is ... Knowable in part, yet mysterious, present yet transcendent, just yet merciful (able to hold truths in tension -- “paradoxy”)
  • 49. Stage 4 Humility/Harmony STRENGTHS: May exhibit strengths of previous stages, plus stability, endurance, wisdom WEAKNESSES: May display weaknesses of earlier stages
  • 50. Stage 4 Humility/Harmony
  • 51. Stage 1 Simplicity
  • 52. Stage 2 Complexity
  • 53. Stage 3 Perplexity
  • 54. Stage 4 Humility/Harmony
  • 55. Doubt occurs at margins.
  • 56. An observation: Cults and “bad faith” or “toxic” religion can be seen as groups which require people to revert to a Stage 1 status and stay there. Stage 1 is easier for the leaders and followers … in a way.
  • 57. An observation: Whole denominations or parachurch organizations seem to specialize in certain stages, and fail people in other stages.
  • 58. An observation: Leaders seldom (never?) lead people in a stage beyond their own. 1’s lead 1’s. 2’s lead 2’s and 1’s. 3’s lead 3’s and 2’s. 4’s lead 4’s and 3’s (plus?)
  • 59. An observation: Stage 3 is tough on everybody -- leaders and followers.
  • 60. An observation: Jesus models working with people in each stage, and always brings them farther on the journey.
  • 61. A question: How do we minister to people with such contrary expectations, needs, issues, and desires? A direction: Explore Jesus as teacher … not just in content, but also in method.
  • 62. An important reminder The goal isn’t to rush through the stages to get to 4 as soon as possible. Each stage has lessons to teach, and prepares for the next.
  • 63. disciple Dis*ci"ple, n. [OE. disciple, deciple, OF. disciple, fr. L. discipulus, fr. discere to learn (akin to docere to teach; see Docile) + prob. a root meaning to turn or drive, as in L. pellere to drive (see Pulse).] One who receives instruction from another; a scholar; a learner; especially, a follower who has learned to believe in the truth of the doctrine of his teacher; an adherent in doctrine; as, the disciples of Plato; the disciples of our Savior
  • 64. We need churches and ministries that help people at all levels ...
  • 65. Stage 0 Egocentricity It’s all about me.
  • 66. Stage 0 Egocentricity Focus: Like or dislike? Fun or not? Motive: Pleasing & comforting myself Perception: Narcissistic
  • 67. Stage 0 Beliefs -I would be constantly happy if everyone would cooperate -authorities exist to make me feel good -bad people make me feel bad
  • 68. Stage 0 Authorities Exist for my benefit, serve my entitlement, are genii-like.
  • 69. Stage 0 Egocentricity Life is play or party.
  • 70. Stage 0 Identity: In my likes and dislikes. Relationships: Presumptive
  • 71. Stage 0 Egocentricity God is … The Candyman, the Genii, the Magic Lamp
  • 72. Stage 0 1 line of reasoning: does it make me feel good or bad? do i “like” it?
  • 73. Stage 0 Egocentricity STRENGTHS: emotionally expressive, transparent, aware of own needs and desires. WEAKNESSES: Largely oblivious to the needs and desires of others
  • 74. Stage 0 Egocentricity Connection through need.
  • 75. Thoughts on “speaking simplicity” 1. Be strong. If it’s “your turf,” own it hospitably. If it’s neutral turf, stand as a peer. If it’s their turf, request respect. Affirm rules and boundaries. Be clear and simple. 2. Be spiritual. Demonstrate your spiritual aliveness. Pray. Quote a Bible verse. 3. Differ with courage and grace. “I see that differently ... We see that differently ... 4. Model stage 2 skill by setting up steps, ground rules, other “norming” patterns. (e.g. 4 lunches) 5. Build a relationship offline. Ask their stories. Share yours.
  • 76. 6. Take a bold stand - and justify it using justice, compassion, purity, tradition, and loyalty. Challenge boldly - “I would have a lot more respect for your stand if ...” 7. Own “problems.” I have a moral problem ... I have an ethical problem ... I have a responsibility ... 8. Lend books to discuss. 9. Remember - it’s about belonging, and money. 10.
  • 77. 6. Take a bold stand - and justify it using justice, compassion, purity, tradition, and loyalty. Challenge boldly - “I would have a lot more respect for your stand if ...” 7. Own “problems.” I have a moral problem ... I have an ethical problem ... I have a responsibility ... 8. Lend books to discuss. 9. Remember - it’s about belonging, and money. 10. Love them. Even if they “go Constantine” on you.
  • 78. From selfish to true self 0. Egocentricity - One (me!) 1. Simplicity - Two (us/them) 2. Complexity - Three or more 3. Perplexity - Fractions 4. Harmony - One (all)
  • 79. Four Stages in the journey of faith
  • 80. SIMPLICITY
  • 81. COMPLEXITY
  • 82. PERPLEXITY
  • 83. HARMONY
  • 84. A B E C D F G I H J M K L R Q P O N T S
  • 85. A B E C D F G I H J M K L R Q P O N T S W V U
  • 86. Four Stages on the Journey of Faith
  • 87. Stage 1 Simplicity
  • 88. here thanks o
  • 89. Stage 2 Complexity
  • 90. sorry help please
  • 91. Space 3 Perplexity/Surviving
  • 92. when? no! why?
  • 93. Space 4 Harmony/Deepening
  • 94. behold yes ...

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