Many of you who have taken a look at and/or completed my Religious Labels Survey have asked, “What the deuce is this thing for?!”
Well, as you may or may not know, I am in the final stages of writing my Masters Thesis, the title of which is “Disarming the Quarrel between the Advocates of Hard and Soft Images of God.” I focus primarily on the various images and conceptions people have for whatever they mean by the word “God” and the quarrels that erupt between those with starkly different conceptions. A significant topic in this “deconstruction” is an examination of the religious labels people adopt and what they mean (or don’t mean) when using them. The survey is a mechanism to both gather data and to test some of my theories.
It is also my hope that the survey will itself inspire discussion and thoughtful reflection. Please forward it along to family/friends as appropriate!