Shocking results from Interview Questions

September 1, 2010

September 1, 2010

For the first time ever I've conducted an informal poll of students in the courses I'm teaching... and the unofficial results are in! The assignment required students to meet in pairs and ask each other a serious of 15 question. The questions ranged from "What are some common perceptions of Buddhists?" to "Is there a difference between religion and spirituality?" to "In your estimation must the President of the United States be a religious person?" While it is difficult to reflect the wide range of responses to these questions in this space, it is possible to see the results of several other questions below. Does anything here surprise you? Send us a comment below this post.

- What religion do you feel you know the most about?
93.5% of respondents named some form of Christianity (Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, and Episcopalian); 6.5% said Judaism

- What religion do you feel you know the least about? The most common responses were Islam, Shinto, Buddhism, and "Anything other than Christianity."

- Do you feel or claim any particular religious identity today?
No (48.3%) Yes (51.7%)

Have you ever practiced meditation? If so, what are your thoughts on this discipline?
No (67.7%) Yes (32.3%; those who said "yes" professed very limited experience and found it "difficult")

Have you ever practiced yoga? If so, what are your thoughts on this discipline?
No (41.9%) Yes (58.1%; those who said "yes" had typically tried yoga as a part of a PE course for health benefits, once or twice. Reactions ranged from "loved it" to "too hard.")

Have you ever fasted for any period of time? If so, what are you thoughts on this discipline?
No (67.7%) Yes (32.3%; those who said "yes" admitted that it usually took the form of a slightly moderated diet for Lent or Yom Kippur)

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