A friend of mine is doing some research that I've found interesting to participate in (outlined below, as quoted text). I've answered her questions and offered to spread the word further, as she's most likely to encounter right-wing Christians and Mormons in her neck of the woods (you can guess where!). She's very interested in atheist, agnostic and questioning viewpoints. If you're interested, post your responses as a comment, or email me (bilbulatsia[AT]gmail[DOT]com). You can even email me to ask me for her email address, if you prefer me not to see your replies. I'm going to post my responses as a comment, so you can answer the questions without reading my answers, if you wish. If this became a meme I don't think she'd complain, but let me know if you repost, so I can direct her to your blog/site.
I have recently taken on the task of doing a research project as an assignment for the writing group I belong to. The subject I've chosen is faith. It's something that has always interested me, and is a subject of great diversity and passion for many people. It's my hope to "interview" folks from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds in order to look not for differences, but for common threads. At this point I have no concrete ideas about how to correlate the information, but I've been personally very enriched by the few that I've already done.
I'm feeling my way here with the questions, trying to get an idea of what's important to me and what just muddies up the subject. If you're willing to be a guinea pig, I would ask for three pieces of information to accompany your answers: gender, age, and a name (doesn't have to be your real name) for purposes of tracking the questions only.
The questions are:
1. If you had to define faith, what would you say it is?
2. Do you consider yourself a person of faith -- one who practices a particular belief?
3. If so, how do you call that faith, and why is it so important to you? If not, why do you feel that way?
4. Where has your faith journey taken you so far? (Or lack of it?)
5. Do you think a person can be faithful, doubtful, even fearful in turns and still be a person of faith?
6. In your place of faith, how do you envision the end of this life?
Special thanks to Billie Jean for helping out by posting this to her blog. She's a sweetheart!