Thursday, July 06, 2006

This I believe*

The Belief-o-matic quiz says my religious tendencies are as follows:

1. Liberal Quakers (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (97%)
3. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (91%)
4. Neo-Pagan (89%)
5. New Age (84%)
6. Mahayana Buddhism (78%)
7. Theravada Buddhism (72%)
8. Reform Judaism (70%)
9. Bahá'í Faith (69%)
10. Secular Humanism (68%)
11. New Thought (63%)
12. Scientology (60%)
13. Taoism (57%)
14. Orthodox Quaker (56%)
15. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (54%)
16. Sikhism (52%)
17. Jainism (47%)
18. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (38%)
19. Nontheist (38%)
20. Orthodox Judaism (37%)
21. Hinduism (37%)
22. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (34%)
23. Islam (31%)
24. Jehovah's Witness (29%)
25. Seventh Day Adventist (24%)
26. Eastern Orthodox (20%)
27. Roman Catholic (20%)

Not surprising to me to see Roman Catholic at the bottom of the list given that I went to a Church of England school for 7 years! I might have expected to see the Bahá'í faith a little higher on the list, except of course that they don't approve of drinking any alcohol, nor even using any in cooking and given my apparently alcoholic cultural background (see previous post) it makes sense that Bahá'í wouldn't be any higher on my list ;-) Actually, Belief-o-matic doesn't ask about alcohol and there are many things about the Bahá'í faith that I like, including the fact that children of Bahá'í parents are required to explore other religions before committing to the Bahá'í faith themselves.

Guess which questions put Roman Catholic at the bottom of my list?

I'd be really interested in seeing the overall results from the site so far - what's the 'average' response (if such a thing could be calculated.) What's the average American or Brit nowadays in terms of religion? Is American society as diverse as it seems? Is Britain still the Anglican country it once was? The media portrays faith as either being the central tenet of one's life or playing little to no role.

Thanks to Bernie Dodge for pointing me in the direction of the Belief-omatic site.
*If you listen to NPR, you probably recognize the title. All I can say in my defense is : 1) I'm acknowledging where I got it; 2) Bernie stole it first; 3) I'm too tired to be feeling very creative right now.

1 comment:

Mmm said...

I would say its laughable to even consider Britan Christian now, let alone Anglican. The Anglican church i grew up in wouldn't recognize the CofE today--it's apostate in comparison. Most of my Anglican friends have since left the COE as a result and gone to more American style non denominational churches.

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