Posted: March 23rd, 2023
Engaging God through technological innovations is a fact whose support is not popular in the eyes of the majority of religious ministers. Creativity in worship is a sure way of improving the experience of meeting God which is the primary objective of the religious formations of the world. The use of technology, innovations and research is often associated with globalization and economic developments focused majorly on trade and its supportive infrastructure. Similarly, majority of the technological prototypes have been developed to fit into the corporate business setup or to simulate ideologies associated to global trade, social interactions and environmental protectionism approaches. Technology within the religious society suffers deficiency despites its potential in increasing experience and mobilization of new members. This research proposal seeks to analyze the impacts of technology in the religious formations, its consumption levels and extent to which its uptake can reduce the growing secularization of the society as it increases the experience of meeting God.
Aims and Objectives
The main aim of the research is to ascertain the extent technology and innovation is used in the religious formations and the extent to which its uptake can reduce the growing secularization of the society
The research is premised in the attainment of objectives below which form the basis of its investigation.
Background of Study
Technology and innovation are the modern day drivers that facilitates the attainment of milestones set in the corporate sector of the world economy. Technology can be defined as the emergent models that have led to the change of mindset from employing the conventional methods expecting different results to the use of contemporary scientific methods powered through innovations (Jones, 2017). Religious affiliation to modern technology and innovations is matter of notable absence in majority of churches, mosques and synagogues among the other several places of worship. Religious association as organization that support ideologies and principles based on socio cultural formations and beliefs have in the recent years experienced a mass walk out of young and dynamic members due to monotony and conventional methods of managing theory activities. Even though the relevance of religious practices in delivering ethical principles is not in question, the traditional content delivery methods fashioned in repetitive processes and long sermons or teachings has lost the appeal and drive to the modern technological person who is their main target. The uptake of technology is at its lowest while majority of religious organizations and set still practice older delivery methodologies. The papers therefore seeks to address the technological gaps in the religious formations leading to limited secularizations and innovations capable of enhancing the religious experience and minister interactions to the wider population.
Statement of the Research Problem
Majority of religious formations have intensified their outreach mechanism over the last decade in utter disregard of their targeted audience interests. Secular practices have been on the increase despite the attempts to ensure the ideologies and teachings of the religious formations reach the followers. Important to note has been the absence of technology in the religious setup. Whereas several corporates have implemented superior and most current technological innovations to whip the feelings and the social fabric of their targeted customers to make purchasing decisions for products or service, similar approaches are yet to be used on the religions platform. The world is going secular, atheism is fast taking over the place of religious beliefs and practices yet religious leaders have continued to employ conventional models of interactions and management of content delivered to the followers. It is necessary that a different approach is used to appeal to the emotional and consumption decisions into the religious ideologies and practices so as manage the current secularizations trends witnessed.
Religious organizations are enshrined in dogmatic beliefs and practices defined by their principles and practices. So traditional are the religious beliefs and practices that they view technological innovations within is frameworks with sarcasm. Technology and innovations changes the world (Adams, et al., 2016). Modern marketing principles and innovations have the potential to persuade and change the mindset of a targeted audience. Therefore, technology changes the trajectory on which the mindset is formed and whips the emotional connections to products and services marketed with riders of innovations. Emerging technology like augmented virtual realities have the potential in improve consumer experiences and support decision making systems (Yim, Chu, & Sauer, 2017). 3D and 4D simulations have been used to deliver consumer content effectively to attain higher results within the business format.
There is a hidden reality that is yet to be accepted and unveiled in the religious formations. The fact is that religious formations have similar objectives, obligations ,and targets with the business setup of the world. The two are among several other technological approaches that have been used in the business setup to influence new customers while building allegiance of the traditional ones within the organization. Rao, (2016) explains that the use of technology and emergent innovations have the potential to yield a higher rate of new followers while retaining the conventional once due to the enhanced experiences they come with. Palmer & Jammes (2014) explains that innovation is redemptive. He further explains that the scripture an the personal experience of Christians over the world indicates that God uses innovations and technology so as human will know Him better, communicate with Him while accomplishing His earthly designs for all mankind. This position is supported by Joshi, (2018) who asserts that Christian innovations is one that has ultimate alignment to the purpose and methods of God and intended to attain the objectives of the Gospel. Accordingly, by employing emergent technology like augmented virtual realities and 3D or 4D simulation purposed to improve the experience of the gospel while bringing to a virtual reality the teachings of a religious grouping qualifies into the argument to Churchill, (2017) and (Ankomah, & Larson, 2018). According to Norman, (2014) technology is not a means of salvation but a potential system for deception employing incredible power on the computer to super dictate and control humanity. However, even though the argument has some factual basis, the focus of technology in the context of this study is technology as used as a basis of delivering content and improving the experience of the sacred scripture.
The research will use the approach of epistemology to test the relationship between the two variables compared to each other (Punch, 2005). The epistemology employed in the research will take into considerations the intuitive knowledge like dogmas and beliefs existing within the various religious units. This belief will be tested against the authoritative professional literature tested and published. The findings with then are logically reviewed through reasoning and understanding before they are empirically analyzed to provide and publish the findings. The research will, therefore, employ both primary and secondary methods of data collections. The research will investigate through secondary data existing in several peer-reviewed journals and other literature to make a solid viewpoint that linking technological innovations in the religious practices and content delivery models (Robson, 2002). The primary research shall take into account the semi-structured interviews and discussions which will be administered on the segmented demography. The research data will be collected using the secondary literature reviews or publications and the primary data collection on the questionnaires and interviews.
Population and Sampling. The research will involve a wider spectrum with regards to the populations of the research. The scope of populations will be spread within various religious opinion from ministers, to faithful and management elders. The research shall however concentrate on the mainstream religious formations that are easily accessible like mainstream churches, mosques and synagogues.
The sampling sizes of the population demography for the research shall be done randomly controlled frameworks. From the random, a total of 100 respondents divided between the mainstream religious formations like mainstream churches, mosques and synagogues will be used to test the research. A total of 25% respondents shall be ministers including pasters, priests, kadhis, rabii and imams. Church elders and other similar grouping will form 20% respondents of the populations while 35% respondents will be divided between ordinary faithful of the religious groupings. The research will endeavor in widen the scope of respondents to include a 5% of technology experts and content developers with an additional 15% of secular and non-worshipers. The research will utilize the stratified sampling method to generate the required statistical data spread within the population demography of the research. The sampling method shall advise in the stratum managed by splitting the populations.
The Questionnaire and Interview Guide. The research will use the questionnaire as the main tool for collecting primary data. The questionnaires used for the research study shall be segmented into two sections. The first section shall deal with the population or respondents’ bio information while the second section shall deal with the research objectives. The questionnaire shall be divided into two parts. The first section shall handle basic information about respondent’s, gender, the sponsor religious group and professional inclinations like level of educations for the respondents. The second part shall carry questions and prompts about the actual investigations on the research questions and objectives. The design of the questionnaire will be developed in a model to provide the respondents with more opportunity to articulate their ideas more progressively without experiencing constraints within the discussions. The questionnaires will a seek to gather as much information as possible with a slot reserved for comments in order to take care of any information that may be left out within the questions
Pre-testing the Survey and Interview. Before the study is launch to the respondents, there shall be a pre-test session to between 3 respondents. The pre-test session is meant to ascertain if there is any form or ambiguity in the design of the questions or if the flow of the questions is not systematic.
The research shall use statistical analysis methods to analyze the data received due to its ability to analyze the data into smaller units of charts and graphs (Bryman and Bell). The qualitative and quantitative data from the literature review and the primary research data will be analyzed together. The questionnaire used for the collection of the primary data will be numbered and arranged after the end of the data collection to ensure all the numbers are received. The data collected will be cleaned to ensure systemic errors are eliminated before they are analyzed. The data collected will then be processed. Corded and analyzed using statistical application used in data analysis. The descriptive model will be employed due to its advantage and abilities to analyze the data into mean scores, standard deviations, and percentages and other frequencies (Silverman, 2010). Therefore the analyzed data will be presented in charts and graphs among the other statistical delivery formats. The advantages of the
|Proposal approval||To seek approval from the departments to proceed with the research||3 days||Author
|Development of study questionnaire and other logistics||to complete the questions and prompts for testing on the respondents||2 days||Author with approval of the professor and department|
|Identification of respondents||To ensure research populations is prepared and aware||3 days||Author
|Signing of research consent forms by respondents||To manage the ethical issues that may arise in the research||1 day||Author
|Actual research||Collection of data from respondents||5 days||Author|
|Data sorting and cleaning||To ensure all data are valid and legitimate.||1 day||Author|
|Statistical analysis of data.||Interpret data through delivery mechanism like graphs and tables||2 days||Author|
|Publishing the research||To present the research to various departments i.e. legal, library for registration||1 day||Author|
|Declarations of finding||Data presentation to the relevant populations and department||Continuous||Author|
Managing Ethical Issues
Every researches scheduled experience a level of ethical issues that have the potential to illegitimate the findings of the research (Oliver, 2010). To ensure the study manages ethical issues in the research, the author shall request the respondent to accept to be involved in the study. Upon acceptance, the respondents shall fill and sign an acceptance form. The respondent shall also agree to no attachment on the research after it is ended. This means the author will not be under obligations to share the findings with all the respondents except those within the primary airline of study and officially requested for
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