I am going to do another Survey soon, but as I have no peers with which to review my question set, I thought I’d pass them by any readers out there for thoughts on the phrasing of the statements.
Each statement will be answers with a Likert scale ranking from strongly disagree to strongly agree.
Statements will be as follows:
There is no contradiction between the theory of evolution and my religious beliefs
Mankind has a common ancestor with other forms of primates
The spirits of man have always existed
God fashioned the spirits of man from a substance we call intelligence
Before God gave us our spiritual bodies, we were eternal beings called intelligences
Christ suffered as a punishment for our sins
Christ suffered to gain understanding to help us
Christ suffers because it hurts him to be in a relationship with sinful creatures
Adam is our Father in Heaven
God the Father has a Father
There is an infinite regress of Gods
Our spirit bodies were created via spirit birth
There is a Heavenly Mother
Heavenly Mother is Heavenly Father’s perfect equal in every way
Polygamy will be restored to the church
Polygamy was a necessary concept to go through in order to reach the higher law of eternal families
The Bible is literal and not figurative
The Earth was created in 7 24 hour periods
People who are excommunicated from the church are doomed to outer darkness
People who are baptized via proxy in the temple can go to the celestial kingdom
The Husband is the ultimate leader of the family, and the wife submits to him
Women will someday hold the priesthood
Portions of the temple which make men and women seem unequal are either misunderstood or misstated currently.
Please let me know if you feel like any of the phrasings here are leading questions which would skew the results. Also, if you have any suggestions for questions for the survey, let me know.