Monday, August 29, 2005

Belief quiz

I took the Belief-o-matic quiz today on beliefnet.com. The quiz proposes that "even if YOU don't know what faith you are, Belief-O-Matic™ knows. Answer 20 questions about your concept of God, the afterlife, human nature, and more, and Belief-O-Matic™ will tell you what religion (if any) you practice...or ought to consider practicing."

I have taken the quiz twice, once a year ago and once today. The results were the same each time. Here are the top 5 and the bottom 5.

1. Theravada Buddhism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (97%)
3. Liberal Quakers (92%)
4. Secular Humanism (89%)
5. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (83%)
...
23. Jehovah's Witness (30%)
24. Islam (29%)
25. Orthodox Judaism (29%)
26. Eastern Orthodox (14%)
27. Roman Catholic (14%)

Obviously, it is very difficult to say how accurate a quiz like this could be, especially when secular humanism and Christian protestantism are listed next to each other. However, I find the #1 selection to be pretty accurate, considering my interest in Buddhism. I would like to know how accurate you think this quiz is for you? For instance, though I am interested in Buddhism, I do not believe in reincarnation/rebirth. Therefore, it seems inaccurate that I could agree "100%" with Theraveda Buddhism. Take the quiz and let me know if the quiz accurately "labelled" your religous beliefs. You could post a result, or just a summary comment as to the precision of the results.

9 comments:

Dave Starry said...

These things always label me a Unitarian Universalist (whatever the hell that is).

Jefferson Workman said...

I like Unitarian Universalists more than I respect them.

Dave Starry said...

Cross posting multiple blog entries...genius!

Jake Dunkin said...

YES! Wha.... wait a minute, I don't get it.

Stacy said...

I finally took the test. Now I'll have to figure out what a Quaker is.

1. Orthodox Quaker (100%)
2. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (97%)
3. Seventh Day Adventist (86%)
4. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (83%)
5. Eastern Orthodox (79%)
6. Roman Catholic (79%)
7. Liberal Quakers (60%)
8. Reform Judaism (54%)
9. Orthodox Judaism (53%)
10. Unitarian Universalism (51%)

Jim said...

1.Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (100%)
2. Seventh Day Adventist (95%)
3. Orthodox Quaker (84%)
4. Orthodox Judaism (81%)


There are only a few differences that seperate these religions. They are however huge differences. The quiz did not touch on these.

Karyn said...

Jim, quit being so serious!! Stacy I think you'll make a GREAT quaker.

Anonymous said...

Hey Wood, I sure hope this little quiz is flawed...as everytime I take it this is the result:

1. Blasphemous Heathen (100%)

What gives? What kind of futuristic year 3000 bs is this?

-Shug

Jim said...

Karyn-

Relax my friend. I was responding to eric's question on how accurate we thought the test was. Nothing more to my post than that.