Monday, March 30, 2009

Research Creed

Research is a privilege.
With this privilege come obligations, responsibilities and personal truths.

My field is counting on me to be disciplined, focused, creative and productive.
My field deserves the best of me:
I will take care of my mind, body, and soul.
I will rest when I am tired.
I will eat healthy.
I will remain spiritually connected.
My field depends on me to learn and create knowledge.
I am forever a learner and therefore forever ignorant of many things.
I will respond to my own ignorance in humility.
I will respond to my ignorance in confidence.
I will be motivated to learn by my ignorance.
I will ask questions.
Critics and the critiques they offer are essential to my growth as a researcher.
I will receive, appreciate, and consider critique.

It is my responsibility to create knowledge

My current emotional state, whether high, low, or flat is not reason enough to change my mind, pursue different goals, or otherwise forsake my place in the field.
Complaining, procrastinating, making excuses and giving up is irresponsible. Such action is poor stewardship of my privilege – a squandering of resources.

I am competent.
There is no method I cannot learn.
There is no theory I cannot grasp.


Keith Brenton said...

Can't resist the urge to say, "Wish more Biblical scholars would adhere to such a creed and with such intellectual honesty."

preacherman said...

Wonderful creed Chris.
I am going to strive to have that kind of dedication.
Always bringing you and your ministry before our Father.
Have a great week.

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