Know Thyself… and thy faith

Here’s a fascinating little quiz that ostensibly tells you what denomination or theological persuasion you are by having you answer a series of questions. I found it very interesting, and little surprising:

Click Here for the Quiz

Here are my results:
(I’m not sure I totally agree – I actually think the Bible is pretty central to our faith)

You scored as Neo orthodox. You are neo-orthodox. You reject the human-centredness and scepticism of liberal theology, but neither do you go to the other extreme and make the Bible the central issue for faith. You believe that Christ is God’s most important revelation to humanity, and the Trinity is hugely important in your theology. The Bible is also important because it points us to the revelation of Christ. You are influenced by Karl Barth and P T Forsyth.

Neo orthodox

86%

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

79%

Fundamentalist

64%

Emergent/Postmodern

61%

Classical Liberal

57%

Reformed Evangelical

50%

Charismatic/Pentecostal

46%

Roman Catholic

39%

Modern Liberal

21%

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3 Responses to Know Thyself… and thy faith

  1. gilliebean says:

    Here are my test results:

    You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan.
    You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God’s grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.
    61% Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan
    54% Emergent/Postmodern
    50% Fundamentalist
    50% Neo orthodox
    39% Classical Liberal
    39% Reformed Evangelical
    29% Roman Catholic
    29%Charismatic/Pentecostal
    4% Modern Liberal
    What’s your theological worldview?created with QuizFarm.com

    I don’t know about these test results… But I liked this question:
    “God says it. I believe it. That settles it.”

  2. and®ew© says:

    This quiz makes the christian faith look even more fractured than I had perceived it to be.

  3. fritch says:

    It is fractured, i suppose. the religious organization(s), that is. the ironic thing is that within most of these categories (with the exception of perhaps modern liberal), people basically believe the same stuff – that mankind is need of redemption and that God’s response to that need is met in Jesus. the rest of the details we argue about b/c everyone tries to explain inexplicable elements of God (whom most of us would also agree is beyond our understanding – yes, ironic) in different ways based on their own personal biases about the excesses they heard some other person imply in their efforts to explain the inexplicable (ie: most) parts of God. so, it gets silly pretty quick. or not. some things are worth arguing about, i guess. As much as i like to think i’m ecumenical, i would go to bat with someone in the liberal camp who questions the deity of Jesus or propitiation of his death b/c those are the core tenants of Christianity. But whatever about all the politics.

    Being a Christian is not about joining a philosophically unified club – it’s about having a mimetic experience – a personal epiphany, if you will – during which one becomes convinced that Jesus is Gods’ incarnate answer to our human condition. If you can be talked into an intellectual Christianitiy, then you can be talked out of it – it isn’t about agreeing with some ideas, it’s about what the Bible calls a revelation. These little camps of theological dissidance are not what it means to be a Christian. More often than not, as well-intentioned as their proponents are, they get in the way. Jesus doesn’t call people to subscribe to ideology, although he certainly has some to offer; he first calls people to follow him, and when he calls someone, they will know he’s calling. Much to the chagrin of those of us who like to systemitize and categorize the methods of God, he usually calls people in very unique and unpredictable ways, but when he does, it is unmistakeable to the person called, even if no one around them understands.

    That is what being a Christian is. Once that Divine calling is answered with “Yes Jesus, I’ll follow you”, then all the intricacies of how life is to be lived and how God’s unfathomable qualities are to be fathomed take on context and meaning. Otherwise, those complex ideas, theologies, and arguments are just useless pontificating to those who don’t embrace the person of Jesus.

    Anyway, that’s my two cents on why the fracturedness of Christianity doesn’t bother me. Of course it pains me to see Christ’s followers (and quite a few psuedo-followers) so splintered, but human failure to agree on every facet of God’s character doesn’t change his identity, his love for us, and our need to respond to him with honesty and humility.

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