Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Belief-O-Matic


Just to give you all a sense of how I scored on the Belief-O-Matic quiz. I've taken this quiz a while back and thought I'd like to take it again. Maybe you readers can take it and post your results here in the comments.

It's funny, the quiz comes with a disclaimer, I was crackin' up:
"Warning: Belief-O-Matic™ assumes no legal liability for the ultimate fate of your soul."

LOL.

1. Secular Humanism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (91%)
3. Nontheist (78%)
4. Liberal Quakers (74%)
5. Theravada Buddhism (68%)
6. Neo-Pagan (63%)
7. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (57%)
8. Taoism (49%)
9. New Age (46%)
10. Reform Judaism (39%)
11. Orthodox Quaker (37%)
12. Mahayana Buddhism (36%)
13. Sikhism (26%)
14. Scientology (25%)
15. Bahá'í Faith (23%)
16. New Thought (22%)
17. Jainism (22%)
18. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (19%)
19. Seventh Day Adventist (17%)
20. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (16%)
21. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (14%)
22. Hinduism (13%)
23. Eastern Orthodox (10%)
24. Islam (10%)
25. Orthodox Judaism (10%)
26. Roman Catholic (10%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (6%)

12 comments:

Modusoperandi said...

I've taken this test before, and some of the questions still stick out as "tricky", which leads to sticky results (as I'll demonstrate later on).

#11, for instance
Doing good works (deeds) and acting compassionately is: Necessary/Not necessary/Not Applicable. is bad question. Necessary for what? Salvation? Spirituality? I try to do good because it's the right to do (that pesky Golden Rule). Is that spiritual? I don't think so. I think that this question is more for the Catholic/Protestant split, but how should I answer? See, tricky...

#12, meanwhile, has no "atheist" answers. I see Jewish, Christian, Budhist, Hindu, etc. The last option Humankind is "saved" through human effort rather than through religious or spiritual means is meant as the "atheist" answer, I think, but it uses "saved" in a different way than I'd use it ("improved", "made better" would be better terms to use, IMO).

So, I'm:
1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Secular Humanism (97%)
3. Theravada Buddhism (91%)
4. Liberal Quakers (84%)
5. Neo-Pagan (82%)


The results are skewed because I tend to pick the Buddhist choices (where they don't rely on the supernatural), and UU showed up first because it's the religion that can't make up its mind. All I remember about them is that they never mention god or gods or whatever and they like candles, for some reason. #3 is odd because I'm only Buddhist in the vaguest sense (The four level of enlightenment is riddled with bafflegab, for one thing). #4 is odd because, for the violence/pacifism/not applicable, I picked violence, because pacifism is nice until somebody has a knife to your kid's throat and "not applicable" is no choice at all. I must admit, however, that I do like a good barn raisin'.

And WTF is a neo-pagan, anyway? As far as I know, Neo-pagans are homeopathy-lovin', anti-modernity (with the attendant "rose-coloured" glasses view of how things used to be), anti-science (because it has the audacity to call quack medicine, "quack medicine"), "crystal power" oddities of the highest order. I'm weird, but I'm not that kind of weird.

tina said...

1. Secular Humanism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (93%)
3. Liberal Quakers (83%)
4. Neo-Pagan (73%)
5. Nontheist (72%)
6. Theravada Buddhism (69%)
7. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (68%)
8. Taoism (62%)
9. New Age (58%)
10. Mahayana Buddhism (53%)
11. Reform Judaism (48%)
12. Orthodox Quaker (46%)
13. Sikhism (40%)
14. Jainism (35%)
15. Bahá'í Faith (32%)
16. Scientology (31%)
17. New Thought (28%)
18. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (24%)
19. Hinduism (21%)
20. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (20%)
21. Seventh Day Adventist (20%)
22. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (18%)
23. Eastern Orthodox (13%)
24. Islam (13%)
25. Orthodox Judaism (13%)
26. Roman Catholic (13%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (5%)

aulddwone said...

Have always refused to do such silly tests. Labels are not important. How about non-religionist?

Pyramidhead said...

I'm going with jerk! Does that work...because it works for me.

tina said...

I thought it was kind of interesting. Bob:you are hilarious!

Larro said...

I thought it would just be something fun to do. I don't particularly put much stock in it myself. I just wanted to post something a bit less polarizing. To take a breather so to speak.

tina said...

Good for you!

Pyramidhead said...

cool Daddy-ooo

Writer, Splinters of Silver.com said...

I'll agree with modusoperandi, that some of the choices of answers to the questions are less than desireable.

1. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (100%)
2. Seventh Day Adventist (90%)
3. Islam (89%)
4. Orthodox Judaism (89%)
5. Orthodox Quaker (84%)
6. Eastern Orthodox (77%)
7. Roman Catholic (77%)
8. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (73%)
9. Jainism (70%)
10. Jehovah's Witness (68%)
11. Bahá'í Faith (66%)
12. Hinduism (63%)
13. Sikhism (57%)
14. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (55%)
15. Reform Judaism (53%)
16. Mahayana Buddhism (49%)
17. Liberal Quakers (47%)
18. Theravada Buddhism (40%)
19. Unitarian Universalism (39%)
20. Neo-Pagan (37%)
21. Nontheist (34%)
22. Scientology (31%)
23. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (30%)
24. New Age (29%)
25. New Thought (25%)
26. Secular Humanism (22%)
27. Taoism (20%)

Tim

tina said...

I have never seen the results of a religious person's results. Cool.

Jarred said...

I've taken this test four times and I still don't like it. Like ModusOperandi, I take issue with the fact that the test seems focused on "salvation." Well, not all religions believe in salvation (or even enlightenment, for that matter).

1. Neo-Pagan (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (81%)
3. New Age (79%)
4. Mahayana Buddhism (75%)
5. Liberal Quakers (64%)
6. Reform Judaism (63%)
7. Jainism (62%)
8. Secular Humanism (60%)
9. Hinduism (56%)
10. Theravada Buddhism (56%)
11. Sikhism (53%)
12. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (49%)
13. Bahá'í Faith (47%)
14. New Thought (47%)
15. Orthodox Judaism (45%)
16. Scientology (44%)
17. Taoism (44%)
18. Nontheist (42%)
19. Islam (36%)
20. Orthodox Quaker (32%)
21. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (27%)
22. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (18%)
23. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (16%)
24. Seventh Day Adventist (13%)
25. Eastern Orthodox (12%)
26. Roman Catholic (12%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (4%)

Larro said...

Maybe I can find another quiz and extrapolate the results.