08 July, 2008

Quiz Yourself

Today I found this religion quiz on Darwinian Remiix. The quiz takes about 10 minutes. I don't even need to go into the figuratively thousands of problems with distilling religious beliefs down to these quiz questions but...still it was pretty fun. You'll probably get the most out of thinking about how hard or easy it is to answer the questions or how recently you've changed your mind, moreso than the results themselves.

I found it in particularly interesting how my results could put me fairly in line with such a diverse set of religions. I mean, I don't particularly feel really close to these faiths, but maybe it says something to how similar they are, if you can pare them down to a few questions and they start to look the same.


Eremita said...

My results:

1. Mahayana Buddhism (100%) (yes, probably)
2. Taoism (91%)
3. New Age (91%) (really?)
4. Neo-Pagan (89%) (what is this?)
5. Unitarian Universalism (89%)
6. Theravada Buddhism (87%)
7. Liberal Quakers (79%) (woo!)
8. Hinduism (78%)
9. Jainism (72%)
10. Scientology (72%) (yeesh!)

spencer said...

I just don't know what to do with statements like "Social betterment programs (e.g., equality, anti-poverty, education) should be fundamental." Fundamental to what?

That said,

1. Secular Humanism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (89%)
3. Nontheist (88%)
4. Theravada Buddhism (75%)
5. Liberal Quakers (75%)
6. Neo-Pagan (69%)
7. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (65%)
8. Reform Judaism (53%)
9. Taoism (52%)
10. New Age (50%)

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Cassady said...

Here's me in a nutshell:

1. Mahayana Buddhism (100%)
2. Neo-Pagan (93%)
3. Unitarian Universalism (93%)
4. Hinduism (86%)
5. Liberal Quakers (84%)
6. Jainism (77%)
7. Reform Judaism (75%)
8. Theravada Buddhism (75%)
9. New Age (73%)
10. Bahá'í Faith (70%

I think this is accurate to an extent. I would just say that I think my actual answers would be slightly (read: a LOT) more nuanced. For instance, I don't find the tenets of Mahayana Buddhism so far removed from or inconsistent with the Mainstream to Liberal Protestantism of my childhood, or even the compassionate version of Catholicism that I've been introduced to.

Cassady said...

I don't know what Neo-Pagan means either. I think it's just a kop-out.

higgy said...

I took it quickly, and will have to comment later - but here are my results.

1. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (100%)
2. Orthodox Quaker (85%)
3. Liberal Quakers (82%)
4. Unitarian Universalism (72%)
5. Seventh Day Adventist (67%)
6. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (66%)
7. Reform Judaism (63%)
8. Eastern Orthodox (56%)
9. Roman Catholic (56%)
10. Bah�'� Faith (52%)

I actually think they describe me very well.

Eremita said...

You're right Spence, I'll post some answers too (but if you haven't taken the quiz yet yourself, do so before you read this comment).

I think my answers were fairly consistent - as I can guess yours also were Spencer - so I am not surprised to see Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism there, thought I don't know what to do with the others.

Anyway, I generally chose the answers like these:
"The supreme force is the impersonal Ultimate Reality (or life force, ultimate truth, cosmic order, absolute bliss, universal soul), which resides within and/or beyond all."
"Realize your true nature as purely spirit (or soul) and not body, as one with the Absolute, Universal Soul."
along with a liberal view of evil, emphasis on right action, and a strong belief in human free will.

While obviously the quiz answers simplify things, this stuff isn't too far off from my own opinions.

Guadalupe said...

I agree with Spence about qualifying each question because a lot of them I felt were trying to lead me in one direction and I didn't bite.

That said, I had to post my 27 results because it's funny to see what the last one is...

1. Liberal Quakers (100%)
2. Jainism (96%)
3. Mahayana Buddhism (95%)
4. Theravada Buddhism (95%)
5. Orthodox Quaker (94%)
6. Unitarian Universalism (87%)
7. Taoism (81%)
8. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (80%)
9. New Age (80%)
10. Neo-Pagan (76%)
11. Sikhism (76%)
12. Secular Humanism (71%)
13. Hinduism (70%)
14. Bahá'í Faith (64%)
15. New Thought (62%)
16. Reform Judaism (58%)
17. Seventh Day Adventist (50%)
18. Scientology (45%)
19. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (44%)
20. Jehovah's Witness (44%)
21. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (40%)
22. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (37%)
23. Orthodox Judaism (35%)
24. Nontheist (33%)
25. Eastern Orthodox (30%)
26. Islam (30%)
27. Roman Catholic (30%)

Elliot said...

It seems Spence and I are the only two Secular Humanists on debaser. Its a label I'm proud to wear. Although, according to this quiz that category seems exceedingly broad, given that most of my answers were "none of the above". Humanism is defined here more as what I don't believe rather than a compelling set of positive beliefs.