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Apce seasons

  1. 1. Sea anemones at 88 feet, natural light 1
  2. 2. Same sea anemones at 88 feet, with full spectrum light
  3. 3. What you see depends on your available light. Your available light depends on your depth or stage of ascent.
  4. 4. Four Stages on the Journey of Faith
  5. 5. 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?
  6. 6. stages levels zones turnings
  7. 7. 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, syntheticconventional, individual-reflective, conjunctive, universalizing Graves/Beck/Wilber - archaic-instinctive, animist/tribal, ego-centric-exploitive, absolutist -authoritarian, scientific strategic, relativisticpersonalistic - communitarian; systemic-integral, holistic
  8. 8. Four Stages of Faith Development
  9. 9. Stage 1 Simplicity
  10. 10. Stage 1 Simplicity You’re either for us or against us. It’s all or nothing.
  11. 11. Stage 1 Simplicity Focus: Right or wrong? Good or bad? Motive: Pleasing authority figures, being an insider “us” Perception: Dualistic
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. Stage 1 Authorities Godlike, God’s representatives, they know and give answers
  14. 14. Stage 1 Simplicity Life is a war.
  15. 15. Stage 1 Identity: In my leader or group. Relationships: Dependent or codependent
  16. 16. Stage 1 Simplicity God is … The Ultimate Authority Figure or Ultimate Friend
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. Stage 1 Simplicity
  19. 19. Stage 2 Complexity
  20. 20. Stage 2 Complexity There’s more than one way to do things.
  21. 21. Stage 2 Complexity Focus: Effective or ineffective? Technique, winning, success Motive: Reach goals, being effective Perception: Pragmatic
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. Stage 2 Authorities Coaches. They help you grow and succeed with know-how.
  24. 24. Stage 2 Complexity Life is a game. Learn the rules. Play to win.
  25. 25. Stage 2 Complexity Identity: My cause or achievement. Relationships: Increasingly independent.
  26. 26. Stage 2 Complexity God is … The Ultimate Guide or Coach
  27. 27. Stage 2 Complexity STRENGTHS: Enthusiasm, idealism, action WEAKNESSES: Superficial, naïve, overly pragmatic
  28. 28. Stage 2 Complexity
  29. 29. Stage 3 Perplexity
  30. 30. Stage 3 Perplexity Everyone has an opinion. Who knows who is right?
  31. 31. Stage 3 Perplexity Focus: Honest or dishonest? Authentic or inauthentic? Motive: Being honest or authentic Perception: Relativistic, critical
  32. 32. Stage 3 Beliefs -little/nothing is known or knowable; everybody has an opinion -good people are honest about their questions
  33. 33. Stage 3 Authorities are ... Controllers The Enemy Trying to impose easy answers on the naïve Trying to use the naive
  34. 34. Stage 3 Perplexity Life is … a joke mystery or search
  35. 35. Stage 3 Identity: In solitude, or among a small band of similarly alienated friends Relationships: Counterdependent
  36. 36. Stage 3 Perplexity God is … mythic authority I’ve outgrown mysterious reality I’m seeking or opiate of the pathetic masses
  37. 37. Stage 3 Perplexity STRENGTHS: depth, honesty, sensitivity to suffering, perhaps ironic humor WEAKNESSES: cynical, uncommitted, withdrawn, critical, depressed, elitist
  38. 38. Stage 3 Perplexity
  39. 39. Stage 4 Humility/Harmony
  40. 40. Stage 4 Humility/Harmony Seek first God’s kingdom … love God, love neighbors … in essentials unity … focus on a few grand essentials
  41. 41. Stage 4 Humility/Harmony Focus: Wise or unwise? Fulfilling potential Motive: Serve, contribute, make a difference Perception: Integrated, synthesizing, sympathetic
  42. 42. Stage 4 Beliefs -some things are known, many are mysteries; life is a quest -there is no “them”
  43. 43. Stage 4 Authorities people like me imperfect sometimes doing their best, sometimes dishonest, sometimes sincerely misguided
  44. 44. Stage 4 Life is ... What you make it (with God’s help)
  45. 45. Stage 4 Identity: In mutual relationships Relationships: Interdependent
  46. 46. Stage 4 God is ... Knowable in part, yet mysterious, present yet transcendent, just yet merciful (able to hold truths in tension -“paradoxy”)
  47. 47. Stage 4 Humility/Harmony STRENGTHS: May exhibit strengths of previous stages, plus stability, endurance, wisdom WEAKNESSES: May display weaknesses of earlier stages
  48. 48. Stage 4 Humility/Harmony
  49. 49. Stage 1 Simplicity
  50. 50. Stage 2 Complexity
  51. 51. Stage 3 Perplexity
  52. 52. Stage 4 Humility/Harmony
  53. 53. Doubt occurs at margins.
  54. 54. 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.
  55. 55. An observation: Whole denominations or parachurch organizations seem to specialize in certain stages, and fail people in other stages.
  56. 56. 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?)
  57. 57. An observation: Stage 3 is tough on everybody -leaders and followers.
  58. 58. An observation: Jesus models working with people in each stage, and always brings them farther on the journey.
  59. 59. 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.
  60. 60. 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.
  61. 61. 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
  62. 62. We need churches and ministries that help people at all levels ...
  63. 63. Four Stages in the journey of faith
  64. 64. SIMPLICITY
  65. 65. COMPLEXITY
  66. 66. PERPLEXITY
  67. 67. HARMONY
  68. 68. Four Stages on the Journey of Faith
  69. 69. 76
  70. 70. 77
  71. 71. 3 4 2 1
  72. 72. Stage 1 Simplicity
  73. 73. here
  74. 74. thanks
  75. 75. O!
  76. 76. Stage 2 Complexity
  77. 77. sorry
  78. 78. help!
  79. 79. please!
  80. 80. Stage 3 Perplexity
  81. 81. when?
  82. 82. no!
  83. 83. why?
  84. 84. Stage 4 Humility/Harmony
  85. 85. behold
  86. 86. yes
  87. 87. [...]

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