Monday, October 23, 2006

Belief-O-Matic™ knows

Even if YOU don't know what faith you are, Belief-O-Matic™ knows. Answer 20 questions about your concept of God, the afterlife, human nature, and more, and Belief-O-Matic™ will tell you what religion (if any) you practice...or ought to consider practicing.

Okay, I'm always up for a quiz, especially if it's remotely related to spiritual topics. So I answered the twenty questions and came up with:

1. Unitarian Universalism (100%) What!?! Some of my worst memories are of a UU church we attended during my second marriage. (Apologies to all UU's, but this particular church pushed every one of my buttons.) First of all, as a Christian I was unwelcome. Granted, we were living in the Bible belt and there were Christian churches in abundance, but the point of us attending the UU church to begin with was to find a compromise for worship somewhere. I was told (laughingly), "We're a church for fallen Christians and saved Jews." Excuse me? that meant they slighted both religions equally. In addition, after each sermon, (address,) there was not a time of quiet contemplation before moving on to the next order of service, there was a "talk back session." Anyone who felt inclined to stand up and soapbox their own views was permitted to do so. This included critiquing the speaker's address, arguing his references... oh, just picture a general free-for-all. It drove me crazy. Yet apparently 100% of my answers fit the UU profile. Go figure.

2. Liberal Quakers (99%) Really? I know nothing of what Quakers believe, but I guess I believe most of it. Who knew?

3. Hinduism (98%) ???? Maybe. I like elephants and Gods with lots of arms.

4. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (96%) Okay, now we're talking.

5. Mahayana Buddhism (92%) I didn't know there were different kinds. Gotta look this one up.

6. Neo-Pagan (87%) No surprises there.

7. Orthodox Quaker (87%) As opposed to Liberal Quaker, that is.

8. Theravada Buddhism (80%) Now I really have to do some studying.

9. New Age (69%) Oh please. How passé.

10. New Thought (63%) What the devil is new thought?

And the list goes on... apparently I believe in 50% or more of the principles of Reform Judaism, Seventh Day Adventist, Jainism, Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Sikhism, Taoism and the Bahá'í Faith. (I missed being a Scientologist by 2%)
So what does this all mean anyway? Aside from the fact that I'm not locked into any religion's dogmatic precepts, it essentially tells me that many faith disciplines subscribe to the same precepts. Maybe we should shift our focus to just how much we share in common rather than how much we disagree.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

need to fix your link... two http:// at the front mess it up..

also.. go figure.. UU and then Secular Humanist for me :P

Claire Joy said...

Okay I fixed it. (I know just enough html to be dangerous...) I guess something good can come out of Nazareth... uh, Jacksonville.

merryn said...

I've taken that quiz before and although I don't remember exactly what it said, as I recall my answers were very similar to yours. Interesting that we've both ended up in the Episcopal Church...

kpjara said...

Uhmm..I'm going to just say I'm not surprised and your 'blend' IS your greatest asset!