Role and Effect of Doubt on Religious Development of Adults Term Paper by Kien

Role and Effect of Doubt on Religious Development of Adults
A discussion on the role and effects of doubt on the religious development of adults.
# 153546 | 1,116 words | 1 source | APA | 2013 | KE
Published on Jun 12, 2013 in Religion and Theology (General) , Psychology (General)

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The paper relates that young people are more likely to experience uncertainty with regard to religious faith, and then explores the effects of doubt on religious development. The paper explains that the effects include a diminished decision-making ability, a susceptibility to confusion and manipulation, the experience of an identity crisis and the diminishing of one's ability to critically analyze new information. The paper concludes that it is essential for doubt to be properly managed as it can have significant psychological implications on an individual's self-esteem and self-confidence.


From the Paper:

"Confusion is another effect that feelings of doubt may have on the individual. This effect is indicative of the psychological distress that the individual may be undergoing and may plat a role in influence their religious development. This may stem from unclear religious goals that may be peculiar to a given faith. For instance, among Christians it is commonly taught that the life of an individual on earth is meant to prepare them for a more better and fulfilling eternal life in heaven, a teaching which is supported by biblical texts. This is largely based on beliefs and accounts on visions by the authors of the biblical scriptures and not on factual provable evidence. Thus, such a teaching can be used to convince a psychologically distressed and confused individual that no such a life or a place exists. Similarly, the biblical texts may be interpreted differently giving them meanings that are ambiguous which may lead to confusion and doubt.
"Moreover, feelings of doubt expose an individual to manipulation. This is where the perception that a person have on reality is influenced with an aim of changing it. By instigating feelings of insecurity and ambiguity in a person, increases their self-doubt making the easy to influence. With regard to religious development of adults, individuals may be engaged in giving answers to ambiguous religious questions."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Krause, N. (1999). Aging, Religious Doubt, and Psychological Well-Being. The Gerontologist , 39 (5), 525-533.

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