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Fortosis, Stephen. (2001). Theological Foundations for a Stage Model of Spiritual Formation. Religious Education. Vol. 96. No.1.(Winter): 49-63



Stages of Christian Formation (from Fortosis 1992) p.59

Stage Three: Self-Transcendent Wholeness

            Deep, consistent intimacy with God

            Internalized convictions

Secure theology fosters flexibility

No duplicity between public and private self

Unwavering faith even in unexplainable tragedy

Compassionate/redemptive with other’s failings/weaknesses

Universalized moral framework; confronter of public/private injustice

Thorough biblical knowledge/wisdom

Self-transcendence for the sake of others


Stage Two: Responsible Consistency

            Pragmatic relationship with God

            Solidifying convictions

            Theological balance: dogmatism vs. openness

            Purer motives/attitudes


            Less conditional love

            Discriminating moral outlook

Greater biblical knowledge/discernment

Others-centered reasoning


Stage One: Formative Integration

            Idealized relationship with God

            Fluid conviction

            Theological instability

            Juxtaposed motives/attitudes


            Conditional love

Dualistic moral outlook

Less biblical knowledge/discernment

Egocentric reasoning



|posted 11 April 2006|


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