Research Part 2: Testing the Theory With Motivated Individuals

As a first test of this model’s applicability to apologetics, we recruited Apologetics-Interested Persons (AIPs) through Ratio Christi and various apologetics Facebook groups. We surveyed them to determine as far as possible the basis of their motivation to pursue apologetics. Though we formed no formal hypotheses, we did expect to see indicators that AIPs believed in their ability to do apologetics, and that it would lead to outcomes they considered important.

We also theorized that personal support — having friends nearby who shared their interest in apologetics — would be a motivating factor in doing apologetics.

Our predictions related to expectancy theory were borne out, to the extent that a survey of this type could be expected to do. Our interpersonal/relational predictions were neither confirmed nor disconfirmed; more research is needed.

Did you miss taking the survey? Want to add your voice? We’ve still got a place for you to do that.

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