I'll finish the questions in this post, which necessarily means brevity. Since some of the quetions are long, that makes this easier to digest anyway.
15: How often do you read holy scriptures?With a fair degree of regularity, primarily because I teach Comparative Religion and World Mythology. Also, more than casual familiarity is necessary when discussing ethics and politics in Oklahoma, especially with my students who are supposed to have grown up learning the Bible. Alas, they grew up believing what someone else told them it said.
The next two are related, and can both be answered with the same response:
How often do you say grace or give blessings to God before meals, and how often do you pray outside of religious services?Never. Prayer, in the sense of petition, is the most pointless of religious exercises. I irritated an acquaintance one day who asked I pray for her sister. I said no. A conversation ensued, the end result of which I warned her about in advance. The usual questions: why don't you pray, don't you believe in God, etc. My final answer, I don't pray because based on what I believe about prayer I might just as well throw rocks at your sister for all the good prayer does.
And now for the really fun ones:
We will all be called before God to answer for our sins. (agree/disagree)No. What's worse is that many theists don't believe it either. They believe theirs are covered. Nice. It's like an invitation to be a douchebag, or worse, permission.
Morality is a personal matter and society should not force everyone to follow one standard. (agree/disagree)Terrible question. The first clause is idiotic. The subject of the second is so vague as to be meaningless, and the idea that there is one standard is a horrible assumption. Even if we agreed that there is one standard, a transcendent law/Lawgiver sort of thing, we have no way of accessing the information. Therefore, morality is communal, evolving, and so complex as to warrant better questions than this one. I think everyone should follow one standard related to rape and child molesting, but I'm happy to allow for many standards when it comes to marriage. Just a really shitty oversimplification here, survey writers.
Which comes closer to your views: There are absolutely clear guidelines of what is good and evil; OR there can never be absolutely clear guidelines of what is good and evil.With friend Scott, I want to say that the second comes CLOSER to my view, but seriously, this is goofy. What can I possibly learn about someone from her answer to this question. This has to be an essay question. Seriously. There are clear guidelines in some cases, and there are very vague ones in others, and I'm certain that many are a matter of personal preference. This is perhaps the worst false dilemma in the list of questions.
Which comes closest to describing your feelings about holy scripture: Scripture is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word; OR Scripture is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word; OR Scripture is an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by men?Surely you know the answer to this one. Next.
Which comes closer to your views: Right and wrong should be based on God's laws OR right and wrong should be based on the views of society?Okay, maybe this is the worst of the false dilemmas. Can I get another option here? The first has already been addressed above, and Scott rightly points out that Plato's Euthyphro offers the classic dilemma that theists can't consistently answer, especially when the extrapolations are considered: is something good because god wills it, or does god only prefer the good? I like that paraphrase. Anyway, the second question is also idiotic, as the views of "society" (a word I never allow my students to use) are so diverse as to be irreducible.
Which comes closest to your views: The path to salvation comes through our actions or deeds OR the path to salvation lies in our beliefs or faith?I don't believe in salvation, unless you mean saving me from a charging rhino or a staff meeting. I would prefer theists choose the former, but more and more they are choosing the latter, and the world is immeasurably shittier for it.
The last question is about evolution, which I answered quite well in the previous post. This was an interesting exercise. What I really learned was that survey writers should have to take a technical writing class before composing questions on a complex subject.