Monday, January 5, 2009

What is your theology quiz

Just tried this this quiz which tests your theology. The results are interesting:

Roman Catholic

75%
Classical Liberal

75%
Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

64%
Modern Liberal

61%
Emergent/Postmodern

57%
Reformed Evangelical

50%
Charismatic/Pentecostal

46%
Neo orthodox

39%
Fundamentalist

0%

This sounds about right. I also tried to answer how I would have come out 15 years ago (when I believed) and the results weren't really that different.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

75%
Modern Liberal

75%
Emergent/Postmodern

64%
Roman Catholic

64%
Classical Liberal

61%
Reformed Evangelical

54%
Neo orthodox

50%
Charismatic/Pentecostal

46%
Fundamentalist

21%



I guess the main thing I keep discovering is I probably should have tried being a Methodist. Anyway, if anyone else wants to take it I'd love to know how you score.

9 comments:

thechurchofjesuschrist said...

'when you believed?'

I did the test in August and today. Some changes, but still 100% holiness.

CD-Host said...

Is church of Jesus Wesleyan?

Bryon said...

I did it too. I came out a Reformed Emergent Postmodern. I was surprised about the Emergent Postmodern part, but then the more I thought about it, the more it made sense where I’m at now. That was a fun quiz.

CD-Host said...

Bryon --

I took a look at your results. Interesting that was almost a scrambling of results, like two different people. It is interesting that anti-TULIP to TULIP would create that effect. So I retook myself answering as a hardcore baptist and:

Fundamentalist 71%
Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 68%
Neo orthodox 68%
Reformed Evangelical 68%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 50%
Emergent/Postmodern 29%
Classical Liberal 29%
Modern Liberal 14%
Roman Catholic 11%

Which is close to your old scores (though still not as extreme). That's an amazing level of theological change.

Bittersweet Sage said...

Hi CD,

That's really fascinating stuff. If the survey can accurately deconstruct a person's theological beliefs into a mix of denominations, it implies that those denominations form a linearly independent set of basis vectors for Christian theology.

And some people think science and religion are incompatible. ;-)

CD-Host said...

Bittersweet --

Not to be argumentative but.... in case you are interested in the math:

I'm not sure where you get basis or linear independence. For example assume there were more dimensions and then you projected just this set of denominations, you would still get the same kinds of result. So the space generated is not necc all of the "theology space".

As for linear independence. You could easily have one of the denominations be a sum from others. Something like
Classic Liberal = 2*Modern Liberal - Emergent/Postmodern

What you actually have is a mapping from theological position yields a vector of "distances" from various "pure denominations" which are points in the space. Hopefully this is some sort of semi metric but I'm not sure. The big question is if:

A = All original theology
B = any change in one item
C = two item change including B's

does this hold for all changes:
d(A,C) <= d(A,B) + d(B,C)

where d(X,Y) =
sqrt ((x's roman catholic - y's roman catholic)^2 + (x's classical liberal - y's classical liberal)^2 + ...)

Bittersweet Sage said...

CD-H wrote: "Classic Liberal = 2*Modern Liberal - Emergent/Postmodern"

Oh my word, theological vector space humor! I'm not sure whether to be horrified or amused. Is "horrimused" a word yet?

Chrysostom said...

Yet again...

Roman Catholic 96%
Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 79%
Neo orthodox 61%
Fundamentalist 46%
Reformed Evangelical 39%
Classical Liberal 39%
Emergent/Postmodern 32%
Modern Liberal 25%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 18%

Pentecostal should always come up at the bottom, for as I've expressed my views, the vast majority of "gifts of the spirit" in modern days are either frauds, or of the Devil.

CD-Host said...

Chrysostom --

Its interesting you feel that strongly on that topic given your Catholicism. Obviously you believe in sacramental theology that is through natural actions we can induce supernatural events. What specifically distinguishes the ones you like from the ones Pentecostals like?