Friday, April 9, 2010

Emergent/Postmodern Modern Liberal

Thanks to Kay, I have now taken the quizfarm quiz on "Theological Worldview" twice.

The first time I took it, I got:

You are a Modern Liberal. Science and historical study have shown so much of the Bible to be unreliable and that conservative faith has made Jesus out to be a much bigger deal than he actually was. Discipleship involves continuing to preach and practice Jesus’ measure of love and acceptance, and dogma is not important in today’s world. You are influenced by thinkers like Bultmann and Bishop Spong.

Well, I’ve never heard of Bultmann and I’ve heard of but never actually read Spong. But the basic characterization I have no quarrel with.

I didn't save the data on individual percentages for each point on the list. So tonight I took it again.

This time I got:

You Scored as Emergent/Postmodern

You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don't think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.

Emergent/Postmodern 89%
Modern Liberal 86%
Classical Liberal 68%
Roman Catholic 43%
Neo orthodox 36%
Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 29%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 29%
Reformed Evangelical 4%
Fundamentalist 0%

But that "Modern Liberal" is pretty close behind. Maybe some of my answers were just a bit more theistic this evening, vs. this afternoon.

Certainly it fits. I'm pretty sure the picture on the "emergent" page is of Marcus Borg, whom I've been reading voraciously and very much like.

Anyhow, I'm just getting this down for the record now. Perhaps I'll have more to say about this anon.


  1. The picture on the Emergent page is of Brian McLaren. I've read several of his books but my favorite by far is his "Generous Orthodoxy." He is an open minded thinker who manages to ruffle a lot of feathers. :)

  2. McLaren's 2006 book, The Secret Message of Jesus, is next up after the Garry Wills book I'm reading on the history of Christianity in the US -- the latter an impulse buy when I saw it remaindered at B&N a couple of weeks ago. I also downloaded a chapter McLaren ended up leaving out of the 2006 book in which he reinterprets John 14:6 ("No one gets to the Father except through me.") I see that similar material to that excluded chapter appears to be in his newest book.


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