Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Another Amusing Quiz

Which theologian are you?

Justin seems to have a penchant for finding interesting sites on the internet (or knowing others who can find interesting sites in the internet). This quiz tells you what theologian you are based on your answers to questions. Here are the results I got:

You scored as Anselm.

Anselm is the outstanding theologian of the medieval period.He sees man's primary problem as having failed to render unto God what we owe him, so God becomes man in Christ and gives God what he is due. You should read 'Cur Deus Homo?'

Anselm 93%
John Calvin 67%
Karl Barth 67%
Jonathan Edwards 67%
Martin Luther 60%
Friedrich Schleiermacher 47%
Paul Tillich 27%
J├╝rgen Moltmann 27%
Charles Finney 20%
Augustine 7%

Perosnally, more than the other quiz, I think this is not very accurate. While I admit I am very Anselmic, I was surprised that Calvin was not higher, or at least closer to Anselm. Personally, I see Calvin as the model theologian, and maybe I am just being vain, but I think many of my positions and practices are patterned after him. I was surprised (sort of) to see Barth as high as Calvin, but the existentialist comes out at last. The biggest thing I disagree with was how low Augustine is represented. I can guess that this was based solely on my response to two questions which are idiomatic to his position and not central. At the very least, Augustine should have scored much higher than Tillich, Moltmann, and Finney. But, at the end of the day, it is just a silly quiz, why get bugged by it.

9 comments:

Justin Dombrowski said...

One thing I've recognized with biblical studies: the more one studies the hard data, the more "Barthian" one is likely to become. That's not to say Barth is right, but that is to say some of us start transferring some of our "doctrine of scripture"-al sympathies to him from Warfield (or Van Til!).

I know I've found that to be true both of myself and some of my past mentors.

Keith said...

I can begin to see what you mean with you statement. To be fair to Warfield, he is more nuanced and careful than he is generally given credit for. I appreciate his theological concerns, and still do not think I am violating the essence of the traditional theology. I feel a lot of affinity with Warfield, and the little I have read from him, I see that he generally very careful in his Biblical theology, and feel a lot of affinity with his method. Maybe I am just schitzo though. Van Til on the other hand....

mark m. said...

Just for your records, Keith.

Anselm 93%
John Calvin 87%
Karl Barth 87%
Friedrich Schleiermacher 73%
Martin Luther 67%
Jonathan Edwards 53%
J?Moltmann 47%
Augustine 47%
Paul Tillich 27%
Charles Finney 27%

How did I get more Calvin than you? Is that possible? I can't say I took the time to carefully answer the questions, though. Like you said, it's just an internet quiz.

mark m. said...

By the way, the Charles Finney thing worries me a little. :)

Keith said...

Mark,
I am surprised that your Calvin was so high. I guess I have tranied you well. My Bartiansim has also apparently been passed on to you also. Although, as you mention, I do need to beat some more Finney out of you! With your Augustine so I am curious how you responded to the questions on infant baptism and remission of sins and Christ's descent into hell.

Anonymous said...

you're a slacker. bigtime even. get bloggin.

Keith said...

For the record, I am not ignoring this like I normally do. I have been gone for week in Camden, NJ; and need to get caught up on a lot of things before I think about this for a while.

Justin Dombrowski said...

hey, is this blog over now?

EmmA...er...Pamela said...

you know, i took this test too and i came out pretty dang low in Augustine as well which is definitely something i don't think is accurate. i love augustine.