by Rev. Dr. Daniel C. Wilburn
Yesterday at the office I tossed around a link to an Attachment Inventory, which I learned about while in DMin class. Please feel free to take the inventory. Here is the link:
It takes about five minutes. Be careful: you can fake it (skew it) if you so desire to fool yourself and others – but there is nothing helpful there. (Then you’ll need to take the I-Lie-To-My-Self-And-Others Inventory.)
Just so you know, this relates to my doctoral thesis. I am beginning to chase down some types of survey metrics regarding “how close to g-d are you?” This is very slippery data to collect. Most Pew, Gallup and Barna measure satisfaction with g-d or church – but not closeness. The typical survey may pursue spiritual formation practices and habits. That’s good. But measuring moral behavior is NOT really a measure of closeness to g-d. Still, it may be as good as it gets. Unless there is another approach. There might be.
I am pursuing the idea of “attachment” to g-d. There is another inventory called The Attachment to God Inventory. I have it, but haven’t set it up yet as a test with the appropriate profile questions… “Age, gender, denomination, etc.”) The results will briefly explain the measurements.
Of course we all know there are “lies, damn lies, and then statistics.” But we are left to attempt to establish some ground to stand upon – even though the ground shifts.
Stay tuned. And have fun with the inventory. You may wish to have your sig other or spouse take it too. Makes for nice discussion – unless you're Dismissing.