This book is a theoretical inquiry into the hermeneutics of James Fowler's theory of faith development; therefore, it starts with an investigation of Fowler's theory. For an account of the hermeneutics of metaphor, symbol, and narrative, it investigates the work of Paul Ricoeur. Thus it engages in a correlative discussion; it attempts to strengthen, within a theory of the structural-developmental family, the
hermeneutical perspective and presents the proposal of a
contextualist model for faith development theory. In investigating Fowler's theory, and in proposing the
contextualist model, the reflection focuses on: the conceptualization of
faith; the model of
development in faith; and the
research method in faith development.