Tuesday, April 04, 2006

I'm a What?

Over at Micah Fries' blog I found this link to a quiz about your theological worldview. I was a bit surprised by the results. Here's how I scored:

You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan. You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God's grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan


Neo orthodox






Reformed Evangelical




Classical Liberal


Modern Liberal


Roman Catholic


What's your theological worldview?
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Apparently Baptist is not recognized as a theological worldview (although it seems that some are trying to change that). I've never considered myself to be either Reformed or Arminian, but apparently I lean more in the Arminian direction. So I guess the next time someone asks I can say that I'm 82% Wesleyan and 54% Reformed (and hope that they aren't mathematicians). I wasn't surprised at all that liberalism and Catholicism ranked at the bottom. I was initially shocked to see fundamentalism rank so high, but I do tend to fit the classical definition of fundamentalism (before it became a political buzzword). I'm definitely more charismatic than I thought (I don't know how; I'm usually pretty dull). And I came out a little higher on the Emergent side than I would have expected. I was most surprised to rate so highly on Neo-orthodoxy. I've never thought of myself in that way, but I'm not sure how it is defined for this quiz.

According to the results, I shouldn't plan on becoming Pope anytime in the near future, but the Methodist church is an option. Hmmm. . . on second thought, probably not. Baptists are better at cooking fried chicken.

So, what are you?


Hashman said...

Hey Tim,

Check out My Score


Kiki Cherry said...

I was 79% Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan.

That was really interesting.

GuyMuse said...

My wife and I both love these kinds of tests and are suckerd for everyone of them out there!

Here's me...

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan-79%

Tim Sweatman said...

Is it just me, or is anyone else curious about how this quiz was scored? I mean, does it really make sense for a person to score in the 60% range for both Fundamentalist and Neo-orthodox?

Tim Sweatman said...

I talked my wife into taking the test. She's more messed up than I am!

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 86%
Neo orthodox 79%
Emergent/Postmodern 75%
Reformed Evangelical 68%
Fundamentalist 64%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 57%
Classical Liberal 36%
Modern Liberal 21%
Roman Catholic 0%

I don't know how she ended up being both more Neo-orthodox and more Fundamentalist than I did.

CJ Costello said...

Each statement belongs to a particular category. For example, "God's grace enables us to respond to him" belongs to the Wesleyan worldview. A response is given a score on the disagree to agree scale with values of 0,25,50,75,100. I think the total score for each category is just the average over all the questions for that category. If you completely agreed with all the Wesleyan statements, you would score a 100 for that category. It is possible to score 100% for every category by agreeing to every statement.

The quiz is biased towards the Holiness/Wesleyan tradition in my opinion. Some of the Wesleyan statements are "We are called to pursue holiness", "God calls us to faith at the preaching of the Gospel", and "The Holy Spirit assures us that we are saved".

Regarding the Neo-orthodox rating, take a look at the difference between the 1963 and the 2000 versions of the BF&M in the first article. The statement "The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ" was replaced in the newer version as it was considered to be neo-orthodox. There were at least three questions on the quiz focused on that one area. You probably agreed with all three. I've not read much Barth so I don't know what that statement means in his theology.

Maybe more information than you wanted?!

Jeff Richard Young said...

Dear CJ Costello,

Thanks for the helpful analysis.

I scored 93% in the Reformed Evangelical and 84% in the Fundamentalist.

Do we all realize that much of SBC preaching/teaching in the last 50 or more years has been an illogical mishmash of Wesleyan and Reformed theology?

Love in Christ,


Micah said...

^Jeff, I think you're right. I'm having to think about my own theology a bit. I've always considered myself solidly reformed. Yet, when I read this kind of quiz it makes me wonder what it is about my theology that would make me score higher on the Wesleyan side?

Paul said...

Does someone need to be notified about the neo-orthodox speaker at the young leader's event in Greensboro? Just wondering.