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March 27, 2007

Apparently I’m A Quaker

Confession time: I’m a compulsive questionnaire taker. As much as they fascinate me, I do find the online variety a little frustrating; they seldom reveal anything new or thought-provoking. So, I was pleasantly surprised by the Belief-O-Matic from Beliefnet.com. The test suggested that maybe I was a Quaker! Liberal to Mainline Protestant and Orthodox filling […]

Confession time: I’m a compulsive questionnaire taker. As much as they fascinate me, I do find the online variety a little frustrating; they seldom reveal anything new or thought-provoking.

So, I was pleasantly surprised by the Belief-O-Matic from Beliefnet.com. The test suggested that maybe I was a Quaker! Liberal to Mainline Protestant and Orthodox filling out a suggestive and provocative top three.

Quakerism has always aroused both my curiosity and respect. During the Spirituality episode of PBS’ excellent ART21 series, James Turrell’s design for a Quaker Meeting house. It’s an example of form following function in creating a simple, restful and inspiring space.

It’s one of many ways in which Christians have used architecture to embody the idea of finding the divine light. Moreover, Turrell’s ideas about the relationship between art and spirituality, of entering into the space of the art are evocative of how to create spaces for worship that transcend the idea of concrete bunkers for piped music.

Perhaps there is something here we could all be listening to a little more closely?

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Toni 16 years ago

Apparently I’m:

1. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (100%)
2. Seventh Day Adventist (82%)
3. Orthodox Quaker (81%)
4. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (81%)
5. Eastern Orthodox (72%)
6. Roman Catholic (72%)

Next down was baha’i. I must say that some questions were somewhat bizarre, and I found myself thinking ‘none of these’. So who knows?

Fernando Gros 16 years ago

Toni – can you recall any of the questions that didn’t gel for you?

Oh, and I’m intruigued that we both scored well for Orthodox.

Toni 16 years ago

Q.4 None of these really matches my escatology.

Q.8 Requirements for salvation – worship is not a requirement and not applicable was not appropriate.

Q.12 I couldn’t tick any of the offered selection with a good conscience.

Q.15 and 16 can not be answered with yes or no.

I DID answer all of them, based on my interpretation of what they were after.

Was the surprise about eastern orthodox or quaker orthodox? I find the EO an odd bunch, having conversed online *a little* with one of their guys. The official line seems to be that you are only a christian if you are EO – otherwise you’re outside the only true church. It was a slightly amusing conversation, as at that time I wondered whether they were actually christian (salvation through the blood of Jesus, repentance etc) or a more extreme form of roman catholicism. As it turned out, they were both. The blogosphere has been good for my education 😉

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