Monday, January 12, 2009
ER: Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestant
Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestant.
Whew. Last night I took it and it came back Unitarian Universalist. Sleeping must reawaken my inner Trinitarian. :-) Actually, the other time I took the quiz, it was a close race among UU, Mainline/Lib Protestant and Neo-Pagan.
1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Liberal Quakers (95%)
3. New Thought (92%)
4. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (87%)
My bottom five are:
23. Sikhism (35%)
24. Eastern Orthodox (28%)
25. Roman Catholic (28%)
26. Jehovah's Witness (11%)
27. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (0%)
1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Liberal Quaker (95%)
3. Neo-Pagan (93%)
4. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (84%)
5. Mahayana Buddhism (76%)
Good ole American religion.
1. Orthodox Quaker (100%)
2. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (99%)
3. Eastern Orthodox (92%)
4. Roman Catholic (92%)
5. Seventh Day Adventist (79%)
23. Neo-Pagan (27%)
24. New Age (23%)
25. Nontheist (22%)
26. Secular Humanism (20%)
27. Taoism (17%)
2. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (95%)
3. Orthodox Quaker (97%)
4. Eastern Orthodox (88%)
5. Roman Catholic (88%)
Not particularly surprising, though the quiz questions pretty much sucked.
Orthodox Quaker?? Heh.
What I find interesting is that there is so much convergence (supposedly, if you believe the assumptions behind the questions) behind such diverse faith traditions. Heck, according to this quiz, even the JWs get it right about 11% of the time. ;)
Then why do several of us have much larger separation between Liberal and Conservative Mainline Protestantism?
There is enough in the quiz to make large distinctions between the theological styles of the two.
Just not in your case.
1. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (100%)
2. Liberal Quakers (77%)
3. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (75%)
4. Orthodox Quaker (75%)
5. Unitarian Universalism (71%)
Orthodox Quaker? Huh?
I like my bottom five:
23. Taoism (32%)
24. Theravada Buddhism (32%)
25. Nontheist (30%)
26. Jehovah's Witness (20%)
27. Jainism (14%)
My sister-in-law would be heart-broken, not only because being a Witness would be toward the bottom of my list, but also because it was included with Buddhism, Taoism, and Jainism, as well as "Non-theism", which could also be Buddhism.
In addition, the quiz is not measuring (again, allegedly) the similarity or difference between the religions themselves, but the overlap between your beliefs and various religions.
Also I didn't answer one question because there was no correct answer. So, given that the test has so few questions, not answering one may influence the percentages a great deal.
But of course all that is just speculation since obviously I didn't design the quiz.
Don't Jains believe the Universe is billions of years old, have multiple gods, and are pretty peace-loving folks? Wasn't Mohandis Ghandi a Jain? Too bad I don't have much in common with them.
If you're more interested in quibbling with questions, go back to Beliefnet and take their quiz on spirituality. There were several questions in it that left out options or were otherwise odd.
I am a devoted Ralphist.
Buddhism began in opposition to the rites, speculation, and notions of grace and the supernatural of the religions of Gautama's day.
However, a split came between those who fastidiously stuck to Buddha's words as recorded (Theraveda's strict Pali canon of Buddha's sayings) and those who drew lessons from his life as well (Mahayana) and expanded on the strict Pali canon.
For Mahayana, "Great Raft," there is a grace in the universe propelling or drawing everything to its end. And Buddha became a savior who draws all things toward liberation by "the glorious rays of his hands."
For Theraveda (called "Small Raft" by Mahayana for limiting true Buddhist pursuit to monks only and not open to laity), Buddha was a saint, an exemplar, and, generally speaking, every one is on his own in seeking nirvana.
This split occurred in the 5th century CE.
Well, I met my first Ralphist at Dian,RVN in 1968. He was an early member of the original Oakland Chapter of the HAMCC(Hells Angels Motor Cycle Club). He was a follower of Ralph (Sonny) Barger, the original founding member of HAMCC. Ralph was spiritual in his hedonism and philosophy which of course was stirred with violence. Ralphism in former years consisted of equal parts agnosticism, Harleys,alcohol, and shrooms for mystical experiences at 100 mph.
Shroomery is taking the lead these days. The HAMCC connection is not there now.
Dodged a bullet.
Ralph is still alive and has his own dot com. I guess that makes him a living god. I noticed on his site he doesn't mention the Ralphism stuff.