Yesterday I sent out the weekly word with a request for help with post-graduate research I am presently engaged in on evangelical attitudes towards the European Union, and the factors that have shaped them.
The email address I gave for those willing to help was incorrect.
(I am having complicated problems with my email account right now and am having technical assistance, which is why I cannot use my normal email address.)
To shorten the process, I am including the questionnaire here. If you are willing to help me, please block and copy this questionnaire, fill it in and send your responses to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUESTIONNAIRE on evangelical attitudes towards the European Union, and the factors that have shaped them:
- Which of the following perspectives would best describe evangelical attitudes towards the EU among your relatives, friends, colleagues and contacts, in your judgement?
- No particular position: ‘Brussels is too far from my bed’;politics has little to do with the gospel; the EU is not something I ever think about; I’m too involved with my church activities to be interested; just don’t know…
- Modern Babylon: ‘Europe’ is the ten-headed beast, the anti-Christ, a step towards one-world government (premillennialist eschatology); the EU is the fractured fulfillment of the final empire of Daniel’s vision (the feet in Daniel 2:33); the EU brings subjection of protestant nations to Catholicism.
- Sovereign nationalism: God has ‘set the boundaries’ of ordained sovereign nation-states as his model for world order; The EU should be an intergovernmental, confederal Europe of cooperating sovereign states.
- Community of peoples/decentralised federation: based on common values of service, stewardship, solidarity and sustainability, seeking the common good and promoting public justice, sharing sovereignty on pan-European issues.
- Centralised federation: more centralisation, more Brussels; an economic, budgetary, fiscal and political union.
- Pragmatism: The EU is a voluntary association and we should accept its course as determined by the decisions of the member states and the European Parliament.
- Other: (please state)
Please rank in order of priority (e.g., 1,6,3,5,4,2)
- What factors do you think shape these perceptions the most:
- popular eschatological theories
- serious bible study
- news/social media
- personal convenience
- people with trusted opinions
Please rank in order of priority (e.g., 4, 2, 5 …)
- Which category best describes your personal view of the EU? [. ]
- What factor(s) above has/have influenced your perspective the most? /. /. /.
- Are you aware of any courses/programmes which offer bible-based training for:
- the public square in general, (journalism, politics, government, law, public ethics, …), and
- European issues in particular?
If ‘yes’, where and what:
- Do you have further thoughts to share relevant to these questions?
Please send your responses to : email@example.com.
With grateful thanks.
Till next week,