Observations on the readers survey

  1. Practically no women read this blog.  This surprised me.
  2. 40% of readers are involved in academia in some way or another (“academia” or “student”).  Sometimes discussions in comments make it sound like this blog lives in a university bubble, but that’s not really true.  A third of readers are in the private sector (that which students sometimes call “the real world”), and there are at least a few representatives of every other walk of life I thought to include.
  3. Readers are majority Catholic, but not overwhelmingly so:  59%.  There are a fair number of Protestants (17%) and unbelievers (12%).  Religions other than Western Christianity are basically absent.
  4. Political belief is 60% traditionalist, 30% neoreactionary.  That is, readers basically agree with the position of this blog.  This was expected, since the point of Throne and Altar really is to clarify conservatism for people who are already conservative, not to make converts.  If it does make converts, great, but the writing is not geared to elicit sympathy from those with antagonistic commitments.  (I like to think that some of the essays could be helpful to a liberal reader with a purely academic interest in conservatism, but this is not how it is being used.)  I expect I owe most of my neoreactionary readers to the generous free advertising at Reaction Times.  http://neorxn.com/ has done a real service to what one might call “reactionary ecumenism”.  By checking several times a day, I myself have been exposed to lots of good material from the other branches of anti-liberalism that I might never have encountered otherwise.
  5. 46% of readers are under 30 years old.  I imagine internet surveys would make any movement appear young, but it is indeed encouraging to see the counter-revolution being passed on to the next generation.

14 Responses

  1. Practically no women read this blog. This surprised me.

    What do you think that means?

    Readers are majority Catholic, but not overwhelmingly so: 59%. There are a fair number of Protestants (17%) and unbelievers (12%). Religions other than Western Christianity are basically absent.

    Interesting. A year ago I may have said Protestant and Catholic cooperation may be necessary. But the recent Synod was the last straw. So many problems are rooted in ecumenism as is now evident. The Catholic critique only makes sense when it links the origins of modernity to Protestantism. The positions are as they’ve always been- irreconcilable. .

  2. Ita, why do you think what happened at the Synod had to do with ecumenism?

  3. He’s probably referring to some of the talk in the Synod about adopting an approach used in some Orthodox churches of tolerating second and third marriages.

  4. When I answered your questionnaire, I was pleased and a little surprised to see that a few of those who had already responded identified themselves as clergy or religious. It is probably a testament to their tact, but I’ve often wondered why none of the commenters here or at the Orthosphere identified themselves as clergymen. I suppose they might fear that drawing attention to their ordination would come across as a heavy-handed claim to authority.

    I’ve followed your threads long enough to be unsurprised by the fact that 12% of respondents identify as unbelievers. I noticed the same presence of unbelievers when I used to read the First Things web page. Do Christians haunt atheist websites in this way, I wonder? I’d guess that some of the unbelievers are skulking around outside the door of the Church–as I did myself for many years–so I’ll pray that they will someday hear the call, push open the door, and enter.

    I’ve never suspected that a woman was speaking from behind the mask of a male avatar, so your findings suggest I have a pretty good nose for true sex. A few years ago you had a drive-by commenter who identified as Slutty McSlut of Slutberg. I’m pretty sure that she was a she. Just like I’m pretty sure almost everyone else since then hasn’t been.

  5. I’m still puzzled by the lack of women. The things women tend to find obnoxious about “guy” spaces are generally absent here, and religious traditionalism is supposedly the brand of conservatism with the most female adherents. It’s not a problem, really, just the striking data point with no clear explanation.

    I was just sure that the only cleric of any kind who’d been exposed to my work was that seminarian I got into a fight with a couple years back, so I was also pleased to a few clergy/religous.

  6. Re: ecumenism

    One thing the whole Synod process did for me was destroy any idea I had that the Orthodox are closer to Catholicism than the Protestants. It seems they’ve basically been Kasperite for a millenium, which makes them further from genuine Catholicism than the Reformers in my book.

  7. It’s usually people who don’t have good arguments in the first place (usually, but not always, because their positions are wrong), that tend to throw out credentials in the middle of an argument that doesn’t have to do with their credentials.

    BTW, what was that fight about?

  8. @Bonald:

    The Orthodox have the seven sacraments, surely that counts for a great deal? And a Divine Liturgy is much closer to a Tridentine mass than basically any protestant service. The Orthodox view of marriage (you can divorce and ‘remarry’ for a second or third marriage, but you can’t be married more than three times, even as a result of the deaths of your previous spouses) strikes me as at best logic-less yes, but I wouldn’t think that this issue is enough to say that Protestantism is more similar to Catholicism than Orthodoxy.

    Were there any Orthodox statements during the synod, or just statements by Kasperites about Orthodoxy? Also, remember that Patriarch Athenagoras was about the only other religious leader to come out in full support of Humanae Vitae.

  9. I had this in* mind

  10. “Practically no women read this blog. This surprised me.”

    Read up about epistemic closure.

  11. I’m a woman and I read your blog! I have only just discovered it, about a month ago. I didn’t answer your survey because I didn’t feel like I belonged in any of those boxes.

    Does this make you feel slightly better?

  12. Welcome!

  13. Glad to be here! I enjoy your writings!

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