Tuesday, January 08, 2008

What's your theological worldview?

Melancholicus saw this quiz thingy over at the Bovina Bloviator, whereat he failed to resist the impulse to try it out himself. And here’s the result:

Oh, what the heck. Here's the picture after all.

What’s your theological worldview?
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You scored as Roman Catholic

You are Roman Catholic. Church tradition and ecclesial authority are hugely important, and the most important part of worship for you is Mass. As the Mother of God, Mary is important in your theology, and as the communion of saints includes the living and the dead, you can also ask the saints to intercede for you.

Roman Catholic


Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan


Neo orthodox




Classical Liberal






Reformed Evangelical


Modern Liberal


And now for the post-match analysis. Melancholicus scored rather surprisingly in some areas. 93% Roman Catholic. 93%? Only 93%?? The Bloviator—a recent convert—scored 100% in this area, and Melancholicus is abashed. What, as his father would ask, happened to the other 7%? Melancholicus is afraid that the missing 7% must perforce belong to his inner heretic. And ah, there it is, right down at the bottom of the table — modern liberal, 7%. They don’t come much more heretical than that. Surely this must be a mistake! There must have been some slip of the mouse, for pity’s sake! Melancholicus must have been distracted while clicking the answers and hit the wrong one by accident, surely! Ah, mea maxima culpa! Extra penance is clearly required, as well as another reading of Pascendi.

Melancholicus asks his readers henceforth to exercise an inquisitorial watch over the content of posts on Infelix Ego. He asks them to keep a zealous eye open to make sure that the 7% modern liberal neither exerts itself, nor attempts to increase its percentage. Likely things to look out for would be a sudden admiration for the BBC, or a passing admission that Melancholicus has been too hard in places on the socialists, or the Mohammedans. Or surreptitious hints that he thinks multiculturalism and diversity might actually be good for society. Or the sudden appearance of a desire to go and live in Canada.

Melancholicus would really like to tag Cranmer with this theological quiz, but he doubts that he is important enough to merit his Grace’s attention, and in any case his Grace probably wouldn’t condescend to participate in such foolishness.

So he won’t.


Roz said...

I will remind you that before a survey can be taken seriously, its reliability and validity has to be established. In a case such as this, one might give the survey to an atheist and a priest. Was this done?

Melancholicus said...

I don't think an atheist would be happy taking this quiz. Although by so doing, such an one could have a lot of fun denying central tenets of the Christian faith, there are still a number of questions that presuppose the existence of some kind of religious faith in the subject.

In any case, nothing on quizfarm.com is meant to be taken seriously (as you are no doubt aware).

But just imagine: such is the sorry state of all mainstream Christian churches today, however, that an atheist and a priest taking this quiz might both achieve the same result!

How else might we explain people like Hans Küng and John Shelby Spong?

Just to see what would happen, Melancholicus has decided to re-take the quiz, answering each question from the perspective of an atheistic scoffer. The results, as soon as they are available, will be posted supra.