Module 5 Notes
Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4

Cognitive Change, Religion, and Spirituality

Section 4, Article 2 - This stage involves many advances in cognitive development, and such advances may cause them to ask questions about their religious or spiritual beliefs. Consistent with Piaget’s view of cognitive development, adolescents improve in their ability to think abstractly, idealistically, and logically. This allows them to think about various religious and spiritual concepts. Some adolescents may question how a God could possibly be considered loving if so many people all across the world experience so much pain and distress. Adolescents’ improved idealistic thinking abilities allow them to consider if religion is the best way to build a better, more ideal world. Likewise, their improved ability to reason logically allows them to form hypotheses and consider various answers to spiritual questions.

Moral Development
Religious and Spiritual Identity