Patrick Fonseca
Someone from USA? American Culture

I'm taking a course at college and I am supposed to interview Americans about their religious belief. Would you be willing to answer some questions? I won't use your names in this interview. Please tell me if there are any questions you don't feel comfortable answering.

1) How important would you say religion is in your own life: very important, fairly important, or not very important?

2) What is your religion?

3) How often do you attend religious services?

4) Would you say that your religious beliefs are very conservative, somewhat conservative, moderate, somewhat liberal, or very liberal? Do you consider yourself to be evangelical or born again?

Thank you very much!

Mar 20, 2017 2:43 PM
Comments · 6
I would not feel comfortable answering any of these questions in a publicly accessible Internet forum. Indeed, I might not be comfortable sharing them privately with a researcher unless I had good assurances about privacy, security, and the bona fides of the study.
March 21, 2017

Just a thought

"Please tell me if there are any questions you don't feel comfortable answering."

I would feel uncomfortable about answering any of the questions mentioned in your section.  :-)

March 21, 2017

1) Not important. Other than political stuff, it's only a(n annoying) factor when people try to convert me or involve me in rituals designed to figure out which members of the pantheon are my spiritual family. Still not sure what that one was about.

2) I'm an atheist, so I don't have one. That should probably answer the question of born again or evangelical.

3) Only when there's a major event. For instance, I went for my great-grandmother's funeral (Catholic) and I'd probably go for a wedding, but I wouldn't go regularly or for holidays.

4) Definitely liberal, but not sure if I'm very or somewhat. I'm strongly for certain liberal social values. I also don't like conservative fiscal values, so I'm not libertarian (liberal on social values, conservative on fiscal values and guns; it's the third largest party in the US). If you're curious, though, most born-agains and evangelicals tend to be conservative, though there are certainly some exceptions.

March 20, 2017

1. I am from the state of Oregon. Religion to many here in the states is a word that means "go to church, but not really much more" For most people, religion isn't so much about what you believe, but a set of traditions that most people follow and do but never really think about why. So my religion isn't very important to me, but my beliefs are very important to me.


2. I am a Christian and became one when I was 17 years old.


3. I go to church every Sunday (unless I am in a different city). And we have dinner with our friends from church on Tuesday nights at our house.


4. Conservative and Liberal are two words almost always connected with politics. I guess I am more conservative. Yes I am born again.

March 20, 2017

If you do not want to share your opinions in public, you can send me in private so I can make some observations about the study we are doing. I say again that I will not reveal names of you to anyone, even because we do not want to inflict the laws of any country. Those are surveys of statistical data that will be collected by majority vote. I am a Christian, I have my religious life to the extreme, but here we are researchers. Our object of study is to be taken seriously. Anyway, thanks for your attention! Grateful! We love America!

March 21, 2017
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