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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

What's your theological bent?

If you have a few minutes, you might try taking this test, to see where you land on the post-modern, neo-orthodox, fundamentalist spectrum of things. I'd be interested in hearing scores from some of you who take the test. I think you'll find that, not only are we an ecclectic community, but many of us are ecclectic even within our own self-contained worldviews!

17 Comments:

At 14/6/05 20:47, Blogger David Gerlach said...

You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don't think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.

Emergent/Postmodern

82%
Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

68%
Classical Liberal

57%
Modern Liberal

46%
Roman Catholic

46%
Neo orthodox

43%
Charismatic/Pentecostal

39%
Reformed Evangelical

39%
Fundamentalist

18%

 
At 14/6/05 21:13, Blogger David Gerlach said...

http://www.iShed.com/images/david.jpg"

Just finished "A New Kind of Christian" by Brian D. McLaren. Worth the read if you are tired of the old! I have been ready to ditch my faith for some time to find out that what I need to ditch is my bad teaching about my faith, which really is not what I beleive anymore. No doubt I'd be thrown out of all of the legalistic, fundamentalist, evangelical groups from my past, but that is their problem and not mine! :)

 
At 15/6/05 07:52, Blogger Whitney Hunter said...

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.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 93%
Reformed Evangelical 71%
Neo orthodox 68%
Fundamentalist 54%
Emergent/Postmodern 50%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 46%
Roman Catholic 21%
Classical Liberal 21%
Modern Liberal 14%

 
At 15/6/05 08:20, Blogger Matthew Goos said...

Same blurb as Whitney's with these percentages:
Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 89%
Neo orthodox 68%
Reformed Evangelical 64%
Fundamentalist 61%
Emergent/Postmodern 57%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 39%
Modern Liberal 32%
Classical Liberal 25%
Roman Catholic 18%

 
At 15/6/05 08:45, Blogger David said...

I will take that test, thank you, and appreciate your posts. Keep writing
give my blog a read once in a while

 
At 15/6/05 10:12, Anonymous Dan Tegman said...

You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don't think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.

Emergent/Postmodern

86%
Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

82%
Fundamentalist

61%
Neo orthodox

57%
Reformed Evangelical

57%
Classical Liberal

50%
Charismatic/Pentecostal

39%
Modern Liberal

29%
Roman Catholic

25%

 
At 15/6/05 15:37, Anonymous jeff brown said...

Here are my results. I am not so surprised by the first outcome as I am by the second. Perhaps my great-grandfather's methodist roots are still present in my genes :)

Emergent/Postmodern 89%
Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 75%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 46%
Neo orthodox 46%
Reformed Evangelical 46%
Roman Catholic 43%
Modern Liberal 29%
Classical Liberal 18%
Fundamentalist 7%

 
At 15/6/05 20:00, Anonymous Dani Nicholson said...

I'm a little fascinated by the results! Didn't realize some of the tradition I'd been brought up in has stuck!

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 79%
Roman Catholic 75%
Emergent/Postmodern 71%
Neo orthodox 68%
Fundamentalist 50%
Reformed Evangelical 39%
Modern Liberal 36%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 36%
Classical Liberal 25%

 
At 15/6/05 23:20, Anonymous lee williams said...

Well, I seem to be following the trend here pretty well. The surprising part to me was how many of the questions I'd never seriously thought about before. I had a lot of 'middle-of-the-road' answers. Definitely to my mind a good argument for me to consider a little bit more deeply my theology and the side effects of the things I am implicitly believing.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan - 86%
Emergent/Postmodern - 64%
Classical Liberal - 54%
Reformed Evangelical - 50%
Roman Catholic - 50%
Neo orthodox - 46%
Modern Liberal - 43%
Charismatic/Pentecostal - 29%
Fundamentalist - 25%

 
At 16/6/05 08:27, Anonymous penny gruener said...

WOW. who knew?

Neo orthodox79%
Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan79%
Emergent/Postmodern71%
Classical Liberal54%
Charismatic/Pentecostal54%
Reformed Evangelical46%
Modern Liberal36%
Roman Catholic36%
Fundamentalist11%

 
At 16/6/05 18:54, Anonymous Lisa Page said...

This certainly reflects a change in my perspective! I'm willing to bet most people reading Richard's blog will have similar results. Wow Pen, I wonder what that's all about?

You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don't think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.

Emergent/Postmodern 82%
Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 68%
Neo orthodox 61%
Classical Liberal 61%
Modern Liberal 50%
Reformed Evangelical 36%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 21%
Roman Catholic 18%
Fundamentalist 14%

 
At 20/6/05 21:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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 82%

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 79%

Fundamentalist 79%

Reformed Evangelical 50%

Emergent/Postmodern 46%

Charismatic/Pentecostal 36%

Classical Liberal 25%

Modern Liberal 14%

Roman Catholic 11%

 
At 21/6/05 21:23, Anonymous Tisha said...

I've never been to Mass in my life, but there you have it.

You are Roman Catholic. Church tradition and ecclesial authority are hugely important, and the most important part of worship for you is mass. As the Mother of God, Mary is important in your theology, and as the communion of saints includes the living and the dead, you can also ask the saints to intercede for you.

Roman Catholic

79%
Emergent/Postmodern

75%
Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

71%
Neo orthodox

64%
Classical Liberal

43%
Reformed Evangelical

32%
Modern Liberal

29%
Charismatic/Pentecostal

21%
Fundamentalist

4%

 
At 21/6/05 21:57, Anonymous Rob Freer said...

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.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

82%
Emergent/Postmodern

64%
Fundamentalist

61%
Neo orthodox

54%
Reformed Evangelical

43%
Classical Liberal

39%
Modern Liberal

32%
Charismatic/Pentecostal

29%
Roman Catholic

18

 
At 24/6/05 12:17, Anonymous Meredith said...

Not too suprised by the first one...and I guess not the second one (my career training, at least, encouraged holding opposite truths in tension!).

Emergent/Postmodern 79%
Neo Orthodox 61%
Modern Liberal 46%
Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 43%
Classical Liberal 39%
Roman Catholic 32%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 32%
Reform Evangelical 11%
Fundamentalist 7%

 
At 29/6/05 10:15, Anonymous Gene Seguin said...

Interesting test. Post-modernism is a funny phenom because, by its nature, it wants to question categorization - not just in subcultures of theology/philosophy but also in our over-arching culture. So maybe the truest Emergent/Postmodern result is an evenly-divided pie chart. Or maybe it isn't. That's the slippery quality of PM. In any case, I'll have to look up that white-haired guy that showed up on my test results. Find out what I believe...


Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 68%
Neo orthodox 61%
Emergent/Postmodern 61%
Classical Liberal 57%
Reformed Evangelical 54%
Fundamentalist 50%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 46%
Modern Liberal 43%
Roman Catholic 18%

 
At 13/7/05 10:47, Anonymous Murry Evans said...

You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don't think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.

Emergent/Postmodern

86%
Modern Liberal

71%
Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

68%
Classical Liberal

57%
Neo orthodox

54%
Roman Catholic

43%
Reformed Evangelical

36%
Charismatic/Pentecostal

32%
Fundamentalist

14%

 

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