Thursday, January 8, 2009
I discovered this theological quiz over at Quizfarm (HT: Bryon’s Weblog) and took it. Like all quizzes and inventories, it is pretty subjective and somewhat flawed.* But it is fun and interesting nonetheless. It works best if you are clearly a Christian and have some basic understanding of theological language. Try it out for yourself!
My top scores were in the neo-orthodox, evangelical holiness/Wesleyan, and evangelical Reformed categories. Here are the results, per the quiz:
You Scored as Neo-orthodox
You are neo-orthodox. You reject the human-centredness and scepticism of liberal theology, but neither do you go to the other extreme and make the Bible the central issue for faith. You believe that Christ is God’s most important revelation to humanity, and the Trinity is hugely important in your theology. The Bible is also important because it points us to the revelation of Christ. You are influenced by Karl Barth and P T Forsyth.
As with all self-report tests, there is bound to be variance, and there is rarely a perfect reflection of the true inner person. But there is some face value to these results.
Overall, I am surprised to have been pegged as Barthian. Even though my seminary training (not to mention my theological tradition) was steeped in Barth’s thinking, I thought I was more immune to his influence. Guess I was wrong. The holiness/Wesleyan score spiked for me because I value piety and personal righteousness as a Christian. My Reformed/evangelical score would have easily been #1 if I had answered differently on a couple of questions (maybe another day?). As for the Bible, I value the special revelation of the Scriptures, but not as a Fundamentalist; the written Word is best thought of as a living and active witness to Jesus Christ, the Word-made-flesh (Ah! Barth is in my head!), rather than a doctrine text book, or raw data waiting to be systematized, or, worst yet, a god itself.
Overall, I am pleased to say that I am a Christian who values aspects of various traditions within Christianity. I guess there is worse company that one can have other than Barth and Forsyth.
* For instance, the quiz uses a limited number of categories to represent distinct traditions within Christianity. We have to draw the line somewhere, but is there room for Confessional Protestants (e.g., conservative Lutherans and Anglicans) and Baptists? Or are Baptists subsumed into “Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan”?