this quiz is better than others (perhaps)

So I gave this quiz a try that Nick shared about. 

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(100%) 1: Pentecostal/Charismatic/Assemblies of God
(75%) 2: Baptist (non-Calvinistic)/Plymouth Brethren/Fundamentalist
(71%) 3: Anabaptist (Mennonite/Quaker etc.)
(57%) 4: Methodist/Wesleyan/Nazarene
(53%) 5: Baptist (Reformed/Particular/Calvinistic)
(53%) 6: Church of Christ/Campbellite
(51%) 7: Eastern Orthodox
(48%) 8: Lutheran
(44%) 9: Anglican/Episcopal/Church of England
(44%) 10: Congregational/United Church of Christ
(37%) 11: Seventh-Day Adventist
(35%) 12: Roman Catholic
(33%) 13: Presbyterian/Reformed

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It’s possible this one is more accurate than others have been though I am realizing these sorts of things are more or less meaningless.  But one thing I notice is that while Pentecostal may be at the top as the strongest part of my theological understanding, the quiz also shows me as a hodgepodge of differing theological viewpoints.  What does this mean?  Well, first off I think it means in essence, I am a Christian and typically Christians agree on a whole lot more than they disagree, so that part is fine. 

Secondly and primarily, I think it shows I am typical of many evangelicals today in that while I align myself with the Assemblies of God and the Pentecostal tradition, I don’t really want to be pidgeon holed into any one particular form of theological expression or understanding.  I don’t think things are so black and white that they have to be one way or the other, either/or and the like – there is a lot of “both and” in how we are to understand the Bible and the One to whom the Bible points.  I think there is a lot of middle ground that makes Christians have a lot more in common they some are willing to admit. 

As to the specifics, I am okay that non-calvinistic Baptist/Plymouth Brethern is second though being in the AG I probably should have seen the Wesleyan/Methodist view rank a little higher than it did.   But hey, F.F. Bruce was Plymouth Brethern and one of the single greatest scholar theologians of his day, so it’s all good, no?   I am uncomfortable that Fundamentalist came up though because I really have been trying to move away from that kind of thinking/attutide towards the faith.  As I said, I don’t think black and white categories are always appropriate. 

In some ways it is good to show up as 51% Eastern Orthodox though because I think the Pentecostal tradition has more in common with them than with the Catholic Tradition.

Well, what say you?

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4 responses to “this quiz is better than others (perhaps)

  1. Well, any other result you would have to realign. 😉

    FF Bruce, one of my heroes. I remember after reading his NT History I wanted to get up and become the biblical linguist that he was.

  2. TC, I’ve done tests where I didn’t come out AG! I think Bruce was a classicist too – not sure he ever even went to a theological school per se for his training.

  3. I took two of these tests tonight. I’ll make a blog post on them as soon as I get the digital images edited properly. One of them came out as AG for the first one, however the one that you have posted above I came out much different. Part of it had to do with how I view speaking in tongues now, which is different from the AG view. Also, I think one of my replies about church organization pushed Presbyterian to the top of the list, though I don’t know a thing about them. More later when I have a chance to post them.

  4. Yeah, if I had a different position on tongues I would not have come out Pentecostal. I noticed too many of the questions represented a key teaching in different groups both theologically and historically.

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