Title

Cognition and faith formation: a reflection on the interrelationship of schema, thema, and faith.

Publication Date

Fall 2007

Abstract

In the effort of suggesting a holistic paradigm of Christian nurture, this paper examines the relationship between cognition and faith. The author relies on and expresses the epistemic frameworks of Piaget (1969, 1970) and Vygotsky (1962) particularly as they relate to faith formation. The purpose of this paper is twofold: first, to explain the theoretical underpinning of the two perspectives of faith formation; and second, to set forth a broader framework within which to think about the interface between cognition and faith. The paper is not by any means an exhaustive or a definitive study of faith development. It offers a limited theoretical reflection on two distinct modes of cognition that contribute to the preliminary conception and validation of faith, hence the word formation rather than development will be used.

Keywords

Faith development; Schemas (Psychology)

Publication Title

Christian Education Journal

Volume

4

Issue

2

First Page

308

Last Page

321

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