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Sociology Experiment Regarding Various Faiths

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sebastiansdreams

With all this talking about the validity of a specified religion (in my case Christianity), I have decided that it would be very interesting to create a sociology experiment around religious influence and effect on people for an independent study coming this Fall semseter. So here's the gig: I want to sit down with a group of people, which have a large variation of beliefs, and come up with some things we can agree on that are gauges for how affective, or not affective certiain aspects of faith are in the important sugjects of life. Following me thus far? First of all, I want to make a set of questions to ask various religious leaders of various religions (i.e. What is it that your faith offers to life? What can it change versus what is its purpose? What are preposed notable differences between members of your faith versus those who are not part of your faith?) I would send this first questionaire to as many religious leaders of as many various religious groups as I possibly can. The idea is to get some sort of idea of what it is that faiths are attempting to add to life, versus what a life would be like without those things added to a life. In other words, I want to find out what various religious leaders feel are the important things in life.
After that information is in, I will, with the help of as many various perspectives as I can find, compile together a detailed list of questions that revolve around what religious leaders suggest that their faith or belief gives to a life. I will then begin to take my questionaire to as many college professors
(therefore it can be argued that these are at least somewhat logical minds) as I can. I will mail them to as many universities as the group feels necessary. We will ask as many various professers as we possibly can, and seek to find a true, unbiased gilimps of the actual affects that various religions have on acedemic minds.
But in order to make this as unbiased as I possibly can, I am seeking the guidance of a sociology professor at the college, and I am letting it be well known to all that I seek whatever help and aid I can in keeping this all legetimate and accurate.
So what I am asking of you, on the forum, is that you come up with some questions that I can add to both the questionaire that will go to the religious leaders regarding what their religion is all about and why it is relevant to our lives?
The second questionaire should be formed to try and A) find the belief or accepted athiesm of the professor, B) questions based around the worth of their life C) questions concerning the what they seek D) questions regarding the elements that each seperate faith offers that it makes a difference in the lives of those professors who claim to live by that faith.
Again, I want this to be as unbiased and accurate as posssible, so please help as much as you can, no matter what your belief.
 
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I'm not sure how applicable this would be to what you're looking for, but I've found this website at least a bit informative:
http://www.selectsmart.com/RELIGION/

It's a short quiz that you can weigh each question and at the end, tells you what world faith (if any) is closest to your belief system and ranks them with the top 27 world faiths (apparently). Here were my results:

My Results:
1. Secular Humanism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (89%)
3. Non-theist (74%)
4. Liberal Quakers (71%)
5. Theravada Buddhism (70%)
6. Neo-Pagan (58%)
7. Mainline - Liberal Christian Protestants (55%)
8. New Age (45%)
9. Reform Judaism (36%)
10. Mahayana Buddhism (35%)
11. Taoism (35%)
12. New Thought (33%)
13. Orthodox Quaker (29%)
14. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (25%)
15. Scientology (25%)
16. Sikhism (22%)
17. Jainism (15%)
18. Bahá'í Faith (14%)
19. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (14%)
20. Hinduism (14%)
21. Jehovah's Witness (14%)
22. Mainline - Conservative Christian Protestant (10%)
23. Seventh Day Adventist (9%)
24. Eastern Orthodox (7%)
25. Islam (7%)
26. Orthodox Judaism (7%)
27. Roman Catholic (7%)
 

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shuamort My Results: 1. Secular Humanism (100%) 2. Unitarian Universalism (89%) 3. Non-theist (74%) 4. Liberal Quakers (71%) 5. Theravada Buddhism (70%) 6. Neo-Pagan (58%) 7. Mainline - Liberal Christian Protestants (55%) 8. New Age (45%) 9. Reform Judaism (36%) 10. Mahayana Buddhism (35%) 11. Taoism (35%) 12. New Thought (33%) 13. Orthodox Quaker (29%) 14. Christian Science (Church of Christ said:
I hardly know half of these religions..
 

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My results - (kinda a pain to reformat it)

1. Mainline - Conservative Christian Protestant (100%)
2. Mainline - Liberal Christian Protestants (84%)
3. Eastern Orthodox (71%)
4. Roman Catholic (71%)
5. Seventh Day Adventist (68%)
6. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (68%)
7. Jehovah's Witness (66%)
8. Orthodox Judaism (65%)
9. Orthodox Quaker (65%)
10. Bahá'í Faith (62%)
11. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (59%)
12. Islam (58%)
13. Liberal Quakers (50%)
14. Mahayana Buddhism (45%)
15. Theravada Buddhism (45%)
16. Jainism (44%)
17. Unitarian Universalism (42%)
18. Hinduism (41%)
19. Reform Judaism (41%)
20. Sikhism (38%)
21. New Thought (35%)
22. Neo-Pagan (29%)
23. Non-theist (29%)
24. Scientology (29%)
25. New Age (23%)
26. Taoism (18%)
27. Secular Humanism (11%)

Gee - what a shocker!

LOL, good test. :)

 
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Okay, so the numbers are different, but we can at least assume that this is a pretty stable place to begin forming an idea of what religions we are going to include. Are there any of these groups that we can address as a combination, or simply exclude from or add to this list in seeking to find a fair analysis of most religions?
Further more, any references you might give, please be sure to do cument them, AND if you do know anyone who belongs to one of these relgions (especially some of the less practiced religions) please keep them in mind, it might do us well to use an international tool such as the internet to perhaps get a fair representation.
 

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Have you taken a gander at the link that Shuamort posted?

It's pretty interesting. Some of the questions could spur from them.
 

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Took shuamort's quiz, here's my results:

1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)

2. Liberal Quakers (99%)

3. Neo-Pagan (92%)

4. Mainline - Liberal Christian Protestants (89%)

5. Secular Humanism (86%)

6. New Age (82%)

7. Mahayana Buddhism (77%)

8. Reform Judaism (74%)

9. Theravada Buddhism (71%)

10. Taoism (65%)

11. Bahá'í Faith (62%)

12. Non-theist (60%)

13. Sikhism (57%)

14. New Thought (54%)

15. Jainism (50%)

16. Scientology (44%)

17. Orthodox Quaker (44%)

18. Hinduism (40%)

19. Orthodox Judaism (37%)

20. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (31%)

21. Islam (27%)

22. Mainline - Conservative Christian Protestant (23%)

23. Seventh Day Adventist (22%)

24. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (21%)

25. Eastern Orthodox (21%)

26. Roman Catholic (21%)

27. Jehovah's Witness (6%)

Pretty interesting.
 

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Cool. Here's what I came up with...

Your Results:

1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)

2. Neo-Pagan (91%)

3. New Age (86%)

4. Theravada Buddhism (84%)

5. Liberal Quakers (84%)

6. Secular Humanism (83%)

7. Mahayana Buddhism (74%)

8. Mainline - Liberal Christian Protestants (71%)

9. Reform Judaism (53%)

10. Taoism (53%)

11. Non-theist (51%)

12. Orthodox Quaker (46%)

13. New Thought (45%)

14. Sikhism (43%)

15. Jainism (41%)

16. Bahá'í Faith (38%)

17. Hinduism (34%)

18. Scientology (33%)

19. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (29%)

20. Orthodox Judaism (26%)

21. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (24%)

22. Seventh Day Adventist (18%)

23. Mainline - Conservative Christian Protestant (17%)

24. Jehovah's Witness (14%)

25. Eastern Orthodox (14%)

26. Islam (14%)

27. Roman Catholic (14%)

I'm surprised some of this stuff (Islam?) even showed up on the radar.
 

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Mine is similar to anomoly's.

1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Reform Judaism (99%)
3. Liberal Quakers (98%)
4. Bahá'í Faith (83%)
5. Neo-Pagan (77%)
6. Secular Humanism (76%)
7. Mainline - Liberal Christian Protestants (73%)
8. Orthodox Judaism (72%)
9. Sikhism (72%)
10. Islam (66%)
11. New Age (66%)
12. Mahayana Buddhism (61%)
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13. Jainism (61%)
14. Theravada Buddhism (59%)
15. Non-theist (53%)
16. Orthodox Quaker (50%)
17. New Thought (50%)
18. Taoism (48%)
19. Scientology (37%)
20. Hinduism (37%)
21. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (36%)
22. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (30%)
23. Mainline - Conservative Christian Protestant (30%)
24. Jehovah's Witness (24%)
25. Seventh Day Adventist (24%)
26. Eastern Orthodox (20%)
27. Roman Catholic (20%)

Wow...I agree with Buddhists more than Catholics. :shock:
 

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1. Orthodox Quaker (100%)
2. Mainline - Liberal Christian Protestants (97%)
3. Bahá'í Faith (93%)
4. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (89%)
5. Islam (88%)

Okay, so apparently I'm very confused. :lol:

Very interesting quiz. #2 best fits me.
 

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1. Orthodox Quaker (100%)
2. Mainline - Conservative Christian Protestant (92%)
3. Seventh Day Adventist (88%)
4. Eastern Orthodox (79%)
5. Roman Catholic (79%)
 
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# 1. Orthodox Quaker (100%)
# 2. Liberal Quakers (79%)
# 3. Bah�'� Faith (77%)
# 4. Mainline - Liberal Christian Protestants (75%)
# 5. Seventh Day Adventist (75%)
# 6. Islam (73%)
# 7. Orthodox Judaism (73%)
# 8. Mainline - Conservative Christian Protestant (71%)
# 9. Reform Judaism (67%)
# 10. Eastern Orthodox (64%
# 11. Roman Catholic (64%)
# 12. Sikhism (64%)
#13 Unitarian Universalism (62%)
# 14. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (61%)
# 15. Jainism (55%)
# 16. Jehovah's Witness (53%)
# 17. Hinduism (49%)
# 18. Theravada Buddhism (42%)
# 19. Mahayana Buddhism (41%)
# 20. Neo-Pagan (35%)
# 21. Taoism (34%)
# 22. New Age (33%)
# 23. Secular Humanism (33%)
# 24. Scientology (21%)
# 25. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (21%)
# 26. New Thought (19%)
# 27. Non-theist (19%)
 
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