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Age of Faith Crisis

Post by LookingHard » 08 Dec 2014, 15:14

For those that have felt like they have had a faith crisis, what general age did this occur. Nothing specific - more of "Early 20's" or "late 30's" ...

I am asking because I keep hearing that most FC's occur earlier than mine. Mine was in my very early 50's.

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Re: Age of Faith Crisis

Post by mom3 » 08 Dec 2014, 15:16

Mid-40's - and a massive blip one at 17.
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Re: Age of Faith Crisis

Post by Roy » 08 Dec 2014, 16:14

Mine was 30.

I understand this to be fairly tipical because the "Early 20's" through "late 30's" age is a time of transition. People are going from their parents households to living on their own, to being married to being parents etc. There is ample opportunity for things to not work out the way that they had expected them too and to be analyzed with a more critical eye.

In contrast, I think the generalization would be that persons in their 50's and beyond have weathered many of life's storms, have in some ways been inalterably shaped by them, and are often pretty set in their ways (of doing and seeing - i.e. worldview).

Of course everyone's experience is personal and individual.
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Re: Age of Faith Crisis

Post by DarkJedi » 08 Dec 2014, 16:34

My full blown crisis was early 40s. There was a minor one late 20s.
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Re: Age of Faith Crisis

Post by NewLight » 08 Dec 2014, 17:36

Early 50s

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Re: Age of Faith Crisis

Post by Ann » 08 Dec 2014, 18:36

Early 50's.
"Preachers err by trying to talk people into belief; better they reveal the radiance of their own discovery." - Joseph Campbell

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust

"Therefore they said unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said unto them, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes...." - John 9:10-11

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Re: Age of Faith Crisis

Post by Curt Sunshine » 08 Dec 2014, 18:57

I wouldn't call it a crisis, but I was 7 when I realized I saw things differently than everyone else and consciously had to start accepting my own perspective.
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Re: Age of Faith Crisis

Post by Daeruin » 09 Dec 2014, 00:01

Early 20s. Maybe 23?
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Re: Age of Faith Crisis

Post by SunbeltRed » 09 Dec 2014, 07:03

First major one - 18 (thought I didn't know what to call it at the time)

The transitioning one - Mid 30's

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Re: Age of Faith Crisis

Post by Gerald » 09 Dec 2014, 08:18

In my 40's
So through the dusk of dead, blank-legended And unremunerative years we search to get where life begins, and still we groan because we do not find the living spark where no spark ever was; and thus we die, still searching, like poor old astronomers who totter off to bed and go to sleep, to dream of untriangulated stars.
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