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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Find your best fit to a religion (or non-religion)

I found this rather interesting. Here's how I came out:

1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Liberal Quakers (91%)
3. New Age (91%)
4. Neo-Pagan (85%)
5. Taoism (84%)
6. New Thought (83%)
7. Hinduism (80%)
8. Mahayana Buddhism (79%)
9. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (73%)
10. Mainline - Liberal Christian Protestants (73%)
11. Scientology (66%)
12. Theravada Buddhism (66%)
13. Secular Humanism (61%)
14. Orthodox Quaker (54%)
15. Jainism (52%)
16. Reform Judaism (51%)
17. Bahai (42%)
18. Sikhism (41%)
19. Non-theist (37%)
20. Seventh Day Adventist (29%)
21. Orthodox Judaism (22%)
22. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (22%)
23. Mainline - Conservative Christian Protestant (17%)
24. Eastern Orthodox (15%)
25. Islam (15%)
26. Roman Catholic (15%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (12%)

I wouldn't argue with that. So what were your best fits?


At 15 January, 2008 23:56, Anonymous Phil said...

1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Liberal Quakers (95%)
3. Mainline - Liberal Christian Protestants (93%)
4. Secular Humanism (89%)
5. Neo-Pagan (74%)

Nothing else over 70%.

For British visitors they could rename it "What Kind of Unitarian Universalist Are You?" UU seems to be the American equivalent of the national British religion - "yeah, well, I wouldn't say I'm religious as such, but there may be something out there, we don't know, do we?" Except that in America it's an actual denomination.

At 16 January, 2008 02:44, Blogger Rob said...

Actually there's quite a big Unitarian church in Edinburgh (it's a major Fringe venue, where I once took part in a performamnce of the William Tell Overture arranged for 23 violas and triangle). I did the same test a while back and with (as far as I can tell) comparatively small perturbations to today's answers I wound up as a neo-pagan, though with UU in third place. I don't think the result is quite as predetermined as you might think. In any case there will be plenty of British vistors who would score mostly Secular Humanist, or Liberal Protestant, or whatever. I would be very surprised if the majority of Brits, even among my visitors, had UU as the best fit. High up the list, maybe, but best fit, no.

Your description of UU is as a kind of institutionalised agnosticism, which I think is a misrepresentation. I see them more as a kind of religious equivalent of "No Logo" (No Logos, perhaps?) - a positive religious belief which avoids the big brand names and their doctrinal baggage. Maybe an actual Unitarian can set us right (I would describe myself as merely irredeemably heterodox).

All good clean fun and thought-provoking in its way. I for example would never have expected to score over 70% against Christian Science, though that was the only real surprise in my scores.

At 16 January, 2008 13:19, Blogger Lisa Rullsenberg said...

My Results:

1. Secular Humanism (100%)
2. Non-theist (87%)
3. Unitarian Universalism (87%)
4. Theravada Buddhism (65%)
5. Liberal Quakers (59%)

I posted about it here.

At 21 January, 2008 21:27, Blogger Udge said...

Well, I'd have done it but they wanted my e-mail address and I get far too much spam as it is. Bah.

So I refer you to my Belief-o-matic results from 2004 (a far longer and more comprehensive test).

At 22 January, 2008 11:46, Blogger Rob said...

I have email addresses I use only for such spam-friendly purposes.

Nevertheless, the address which gets EKN comments mirrored to it receives more than its fair share of porno-type spam, while my regular one gets the phishing, Nigerian scammers and Viagra.

Bah indeed. I'll try the Belief-O-Matic later. The first few questions seem to be the same. (Actually I did something like thos a few years back, before I had a blog, and it may have been the Belief-O-Matic.)

At 23 January, 2008 02:43, Blogger Rob said...

Udge, the Belief-O-Matic is exactly the same as SelectSmart (look at the copyright notice).

Interestingly, I gave it pretty much the same answers as before but with less attention to checking the high/med/low importance boxes, and got

1. Mahayana Buddhism (100%)
2. Neo-Pagan (100%)
3. Unitarian Universalism (99%)
4. Hinduism (92%)
5. New Age (92%)
6. Liberal Quakers (90%)
7. Taoism (87%)
8. New Thought (84%)
9. Scientology (80%)
10. Theravada Buddhism (76%)
11. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (75%)
12. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (66%)
13. Reform Judaism (61%)
14. Jainism (59%)
15. Secular Humanism (59%)
16. Orthodox Quaker (57%)
17. Sikhism (57%)
18. Bahá'í Faith (46%)
19. Seventh Day Adventist (32%)
20. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (29%)
21. Orthodox Judaism (27%)
22. Nontheist (26%)
23. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (23%)
24. Eastern Orthodox (21%)
25. Islam (21%)
26. Roman Catholic (21%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (17%)

I wouldn't argue with that either, but it's clearly very sensitive to those check boxes.

At 25 January, 2008 20:49, Blogger Udge said...

Hmm, I remembered Belief-o-matic being much longer. My bad.


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