For this project the key research question is ‘what are the clergy’s attitudes towards science?’. When explored further, this involves asking questions about the following:
- Definitions of science
- Theological approaches to science
- Interpretations of Christianity
- Scientific literacy
- The impact of the clergy’s views on others in the church
Work has already begun on testing survey questions in an open-ended format so that we are able to produce questions and answer categories which resonate with our target audience. A number of focus groups are being held with ordinands from Cranmer Hall which we also hope will help to shape the language used in the large-scale survey.
We will also conduct face-to-face interviews. These will be informed by some of the findings from the survey and also by preliminary research carried out by Dr Rebecca Bouveng.