Sunday, August 19, 2007

Belief-O-Matic

Your Results: er My Results:
The top score on the list below represents the faith that Belief-O-Matic, in its less than infinite wisdom, thinks most closely matches your beliefs. However, even a score of 100% does not mean that your views are all shared by this faith, or vice versa.Belief-O-Matic then lists another 26 faiths in order of how much they have in common with your professed beliefs. The higher a faith appears on this list, the more closely it aligns with your thinking.


How did the Belief-O-Matic do?

Well, I'm pleased to see that it acknowledges my shift toward the acceptance of many different ways to connect to God or practice spirituality. I'm quite surprised to see Reform Judaism at #2 and matching 99% of my beliefs, considering I really don't know what Reformed Jews believe, or do I?

And it's reassuring to note, that although in recent years my spiritual thinking has markedly changed from, "You don't believe in Jesus as your personal savior? I'm sorry, then you're going to hell, but I can help you with that. Here, take this Steps to Peace with God tract." to something more like, "Hey, you're doing what you can to make a connection to something bigger than yourself and applying that to your daily life? Well, good on ya, mate!" my ideas actually haven't drifted as far away from my Liberal Quaker friends (Friends, get it, haha) as they would have feared. (Is that a run on sentence? Let's just move on.)

Looking at the list again, I realize that, while of course I recognize the names of these major and minor religions and sects, I don't necessarily know what they believe, which leads me to a Life&Times of Michael5000-esque methodical inquiry into each of the religions on my list. Now, I long to be as methodical and thorough as M5K, but I am nowhere near as delighted by the slow tedium of the process as he is. Not at all. I will get bored with this, or in fact forget my own project altogether and move on to something else long before I've finished if I try to be just like him, which I'm very tempted to do. So, please, gentle readers, do not expect this to be a 27-month or 27-week adventure. I just don't think I have it in me. Having said that, I have every confidence that this will be a Kick in the Butt.

Here's my list:

1.
Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2.
Reform Judaism (99%)
3.
Liberal Quakers (97%)
4.
Mahayana Buddhism (92%)
5.
New Age (90%)
6.
Neo-Pagan (90%)
7.
Theravada Buddhism (88%)
8.
Sikhism (86%)
9.
Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (82%)
10.
Jainism (80%)
11.
Orthodox Quaker (72%)
12.
Taoism (71%)
13.
New Thought (71%)
14.
Orthodox Judaism (68%)
15.
Bahá'í Faith (66%)
16.
Scientology (65%)
17.
Hinduism (64%)
18.
Secular Humanism (64%)
19.
Islam (60%)
20.
Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (52%)
21.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (47%)
22.
Seventh Day Adventist (41%)
23.
Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (39%)
24.
Jehovah's Witness (37%)
25.
Nontheist (36%)
26.
Eastern Orthodox (25%)
27.
Roman Catholic (25%)


http://www.beliefnet.com/story/76/story_7665_1.html

7 comments:

chuckdaddy2000 said...

1. Theravada Buddhism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (94%)
3. Secular Humanism (87%)
4. Liberal Quakers (86%)
5. Neo-Pagan (74%)
6. Mahayana Buddhism (71%)
7. Taoism (68%)
8. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (63%)
9. Orthodox Quaker (62%)
10. Nontheist (62%)

We have some similar ones, and I like the sounds of this Secular Humanism. But I had no idea how Budhust I was, or that I was even slightly Neo-Pagan. And I definitely thought Nonthesist would be higher.

Michael5000 said...

For the record, I think ChuckDaddy would make an AWESOME Buddhist.

I noticed recently that there are results from when I took the Belief-o-Matic quiz 2 1/2 years ago in the prehistory to my blog -- I set up the blog years before I actually started posting to it. Anyway, here's what I scored then:

1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Liberal Quakers (89%)
3. Neo-Pagan (85%)

And here's what I score today:

1. Secular Humanism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (99%)
3. Liberal Quakers (89%)

I guess that's what a program of regular Bible reading will do to you!

Karin said...

Well, now, see? It's no wonder well all get along.

tereza said...

Here are my results:

1. Neo-Pagan (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (97%)
3. Liberal Quakers (94%)
4. New Age (94%)
5. Mahayana Buddhism (84%)
6. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (81%)
7. Secular Humanism (79%)
8. Theravada Buddhism (77%)
9. New Thought (75%)
10. Scientology (74%)

Why is Scientology so close to the top? Scary!!! Pagan - I can live with that. I am sort of a nature worshiper. I never think of myself as a Christian, so that didn't really show up. I'm sort of New Agey too. Awesome! I'm gonna go listen to some Kenny G. now.

tereza said...

Oh wait. Quakers are considered Christians - and what's with my #6? I must be assimilating!!!

Karin said...

Tereza: I didn't want to say anything. I figured you notice sooner or later.

I was a Liberal Quaker for a long time. One very nice thing about Liberal Quakers--they recognize the divine spark in everyone and therefore see everyone as equals. Women can be and often are in positions of leadership. It's a good thing, as I see it.

Omar Poppenlander said...

Many Liberal Quakers will not describe themselves as Christians. On the East Coast, even using the name of Jesus in a Liberal Quaker meeting would be anathema.