+1(518)512-9140


School of Mission and Theology


Fuller Theological Seminary


135 N. Oakland Ave, Pasadena CA 91182




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+1(518)512-9140


School of Mission and Theology


Fuller Theological Seminary


135 N. Oakland Ave, Pasadena CA 91182




About


Do you have insights into (or questions about) divisions facing contemporary US society? What do you think about social media debates, often described as “toxic”? These are among the questions addressed by this study on religiously supported political and ethical positions on social media.

I am a researcher seeking 25 to 40 people from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and worldviews, to be “cultural mentors” to me as I answer these questions. “Cultural mentors” are research participants in the study; compensation for about two hours of participation will be up to US$50—click here for details. Being a cultural mentor may also give you new approaches you can use in your social media participation. 

I will ask Cultural Mentors about:
·       the social media platforms where they interact 
·       the people they encounter there
·       the nature of interaction
·       what motivates them to continue interacting

To be a Cultural Mentor, 
·       you currently participate in social media discussions where some participants “theologize” about politics or social ethics 
·       your discussions include polarizing social or political issues 

Key terms (defined for the purposes of this particular research project):
·       theologizing about politics or ethics - using scriptural references and/or a theologically based rationale (explicit or implicit) in taking or challenging a public position in an area such as politics or social ethics 
o   includes posts by religious leaders, even when they do not use scriptural references or a theologically based rationale
 ·       social media – interaction online that can be seen (and joined) by others besides the original participants in the interaction, both in real-time and afterwards
o   is recordable
o   includes blogs and podcasts and comment threads on articles
o   a place where commenters can interact 

Purpose: to understand the ideological divisions in the seemingly heated discussions around faith-based public policy positions in the US

Timeline: July 2022 to July 2023
Participation includes
one-hour interview 
ranking of statements after all Cultural Mentors have been interviewed
final interview to respond to researcher’s findings.
 
Click here to participate or to learn more.

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 Thanks very much!

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