oh, look: i’m a protestant

so, i took a quiz that my mom sent to me:

Belief-O-Matic — A personality quiz about your religious beliefs and spiritual beliefs – a quiz answering What Religion Am I — Beliefnet.com

  1. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (100%) (link)
  2. Liberal Quakers (97%) (link)
  3. Bahá’í Faith (91%) (link)
  4. Unitarian Universalism (90%) (link)
  5. Neo-Pagan (79%) (link)
  6. Mahayana Buddhism (78%) (link)
  7. New Age (73%) (link)
  8. Orthodox Quaker (70%) (link)
  9. Reform Judaism (68%) (link)
  10. Theravada Buddhism (67%) (link)
  11. Taoism (66%) (link)
  12. Secular Humanism (61%) (link)
  13. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (59%) (link)
  14. New Thought (56%) (link)
  15. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (53%) (link)
  16. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (53%) (link)
  17. Sikhism (52%) (link)
  18. Orthodox Judaism (48%) (link)
  19. Jainism (46%) (link)
  20. Scientology (46%) (link)
  21. Seventh Day Adventist (42%) (link)
  22. Jehovah’s Witness (42%) (link)
  23. Islam (40%) (link)
  24. Hinduism (38%) (link)
  25. Nontheist (37%) (link)
  26. Eastern Orthodox (30%) (link)
  27. Roman Catholic (30%) (link)

what’s interesting, to me, is how low i scored on the “conservative christian” thing (53%). Mom was talking about some prominent quaker theologian from this area, and how he was knocking this quiz as “everybody scores as quaker” on it, which we find to be almost true for me, at 97%.

one thing that may slip by people not well versed in religious language outside of conservative christianity (which most conservative christians aren’t, lamely) is that what i scored highest as “mainline to liberal christian protestants” is not the christianity they’re used to, which is no surprise to me at all.

odds are the term “liberal” is taken to mean politically which is not at all the case when it comes to “liberal christianity”. and the term “mainline” may be wholly unknown to most of the people who attend my congregation.

it means, of course, the bigger protestant “denominations” such as episcopal, lutheran, united methodist, and such.

it is most assuredly NOT referring to evangelicals. šŸ™‚

i can’t quite communicate here why that makes me so happy, but it does.

i was, i have to admit, bummed to see eastern orthodox so far down on the list. šŸ™

i wonder if it’s because of my answer on the “afterlife” questions?

Listening to: Ted, Just Admit It from the album “Nothing’s Shocking” by Jane’s Addiction

One Reply to “oh, look: i’m a protestant”

  1. I’m only 57% liberal Quaker. šŸ™‚

    http://www.livejournal.com/users/bunchow/\

    I don’t like being 70% mormon. šŸ™ They are on par morally but as for beliefs and practices completly and totally on opposite ends of the earth. I do think this is flawed because Protestants are SO incredibly varied in doctrine, belief and tradition.

    I have a feeling you scored low because of the following.

    Salvation and life after death.

    http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8033_1.html

    These are the big things that constantly divide and cause wars amongst christians. šŸ™

    If you want to learn more about Orthodoxy, I would be happy to supply you with a reading list. Also, if you ever want to visit an Eastern Orthodox church let me know. I would be happy to help.

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