Reflective Judgment: Seminarians' Epistemology in a World of Relativism

Volume
Volume 33
Issue
Spring 2005
Title
Reflective Judgment: Seminarians' Epistemology in a World of Relativism
Abstract

In a culture marked by pluralism and relativism are evangelical Christian leaders with their faith-based conclusions intellectually strong? How do their assumptions about revealed knowledge affect their ability to solve important ill-structured (ambiguous and controversial!) issues of life and ministry? The reflective judgment model and its semi-structured interview (RJI), based on 20 years of research, were used to assess the problem-solving ability of students preparing for ministry. The 38 male students were enrolled in an accredited seminary with an epistemology of revealed knowledge. Differences between entering and graduating students' RJI mean scores were not statistically significant, nor were their mean scores significant between religious and secular dilemmas. Further, students' scores did not decreased significantly as their references to faith increased. Recommendations for higher education are offered to help seminarians develop reflective judgement so they can adequately respond to ill-structured problems.

Author
Dr. J.L. Dale
Pages
56 - 64
Price
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