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December 29, 2006

Quiz Me Today

Toni at Ancient Mariner has made an interesting comparision of his scores on the Theological Worldview test. I’m pretty skeptical about these sorts of tests and the attention bloggers have given to them (especially last summer!). Not all tests are bad, but they are no substitute for deep reflection. However, I was taken aback this […]

Toni at Ancient Mariner has made an interesting comparision of his scores on the Theological Worldview test. I’m pretty skeptical about these sorts of tests and the attention bloggers have given to them (especially last summer!). Not all tests are bad, but they are no substitute for deep reflection.

However, I was taken aback this morning by how well this test did in describing my theology. The test ranked me asthis test scored me as Neo Orthodox, with Emergent/Postmodern and Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan in a clear tie for second place. That’s actually a pretty solid guesstimate for me. I am partial to both Barth and the neo-O folks like Reinhold Niebuhr, I’m clearly postmodern and as far as I’m still Evangelical, I’m Evangelical in a Weslyian/Armian/General sense.

“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.”

At the other end of the spectrum, my bottom three by a long way were Classical Liberal, Charismatic/Pentecostal and Fundamentalist. Again pretty spot on. I see a thread that connects these three that has to do with priveledging human reason and experience (as a by-product of both high modernism and localism). It’s a hard connection to make, but this test (maybe through blind luck) managed to highlight it.

[tags] Quizzes, Theology, Theological Method [/tags]

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Toni 16 years ago

One of the things I find especially interesting is that despite having different leanings, we so often seem to find ourselves thrown together in online situations. I wonder if, as I mentioned at Marc’s blog, this test is biased toward a certain norm in the way the questions are couched? For example I find that the ‘fundamentalist’ questions rankle less than the ‘Charismatic’ questions, yet I’d place myself in both camps to a similar degree.

What this has yet again shown me is that in each camp there are pieces of God’s wisdom and His design for the church in each of these areas, to be sought out like treasures. This may seem slightly heretical, but I’m genuinely wondering if the denominations (on a world scale) don’t happen to be God’s idea after all. I always pictured them as starting off when some people would follow God’s next move while others refused to budge. However I’m now wondering if they aren’t storehouses of God’s wisdom and pattern for the church, with each containing a little bit of the picture. It may even be that a single ‘church’ couldn’t contain everything in a historical perspective that God had wanted to bring to shape His church when it is finally ready.

I didn’t intend to post the above, but one thought lead to another.

Paul 16 years ago

thanks Fernando! I was a postmodern/emerging qu’elle surprise (which i mostly agreed with apart from the comment on feeling alienated from established churches). neo-orthodoxy was a close 2nd!

Fernando Gros 16 years ago

Paul, out of curiosity, which were the bottom two on your score?

colin 16 years ago

Well, I took the test and came out looking more like a theological mutt than anything else (I suppose Weslyan Methodism was my strongest indicator).

Fernando Gros 16 years ago

Colin – lot’s of categories fighting for the top with no clear leader?

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