Brian Curnutt of Trinity Theological Seminary in Evanston, Indiana, is doing his dissertation on why people are becoming Orthodox. I took the survey and found the questions straightforward. The survey is not lengthy, but one should be prepared to give thoughtful responses to some of the questions that call for essay answers. This looks like a worthwhile project. I encourage readers who are Orthodox to take part in it. You can go to Brian Curnutt’s survey here.
Below are some excerpts from Brian’s proposal:
Western Evangelicals are leaving Western Evangelical Protestantism and converting to Orthodoxy in unprecedented numbers. Especially prevalent among younger Protestants, the road to Constantinople is paved with those dissatisfied with Evangelicalism and those compelled to convert to an entirely different way of thinking and living.
This study will examine the phenomenon of Evangelical Protestants converting to Orthodoxy in unprecedented numbers and attempt to determine causation. Some of the questions to be addressed are:
o Why did you convert to Orthodoxy?
o What theological or doctrinal reasons did you have for making a change?
o What cultural reasons did you have for making a change?
o How has your conversion impacted your spiritual life?
o How has your conversion impacted your life in general?
o Did it accomplish the goal you had at conversion?
o What was that goal?
The investigation will contribute new knowledge to the field of religious anthropology, missiology, and will inform the field of theology. This is a relatively new area for study that has not been looked at in depth. While there are some anecdotal accounts and some biographical accounts of conversions, there have not been any qualitative human studies done on statistically significant numbers. This study will stand alone as no study like it exists in the available literature.
Link to the Survey Site.
See also: “Why People Convert to Orthodoxy.”