Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Interesting Facts about D.J. Lower

I ran across the blog of a Quaker today who had taken a test to determine his (within Christianity) theological worldview. He suggested that perhaps he should check into Methodism because his scoring put Methodism first. Out of interest I took that same quiz. My #1 score was "Emergent/Postmodern", followed by a tie between "Wesleyan-Holiness" and "Neo-Orthodox." Also of interest was the fact that my Catholic score was 50%. Understandable considering that I have been in a Catholic school for the last four years now.

Okay, I looked up Neo-Orthodox: "A Protestant movement that arose during World War I and is closely associated with Karl Barth. It opposes liberalism and advocates certain theological, especially Calvinist doctrines of the Reformation." (source:

I already know enough of what Wesleyan-Holiness means, given I've been part of it almost as long as I can recall. Interesting that I'm supposed to be part of this movement; I certainly don't recall advocating Calvinist doctrines of the Reformation. I suppose depending upon what "Emergent/Postmodern" means I should be disturbed that it was my #1; I am not. The definition given in the quiz spoke of dialogues but said nothing of pluralism or anything that really seemed a theological problem to me. Could anyone shed light on what exactly "Emergent/Postmodern" does mean?

Yes, I am taking this quiz too seriously. But I needed something to blog about, and this was entertaining and intriguing. Note that I didn't really know who Karl Barth (or this other dude mentioned in the quiz) was, and I probably would have pushed myself closer to the Neo-Orthodoxy movement had I known (one question was about how important Barth was on a 1-5 scale, and I picked the 3 because I didn't know. Take the quiz for yourself by clicking here, and let me know how you scored...I'd be interested in knowing. Not too serious of a thing; I still consider myself very much a Wesleyan-Holiness person; but a bit thought-provoking and an interesting diversion.

Posted at 4:21, edited for HTML at 5:24.


k-po said...

danocrates - here are my scores. i love to take tests/quizes so if you ever find any more let me know.

You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan.
You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God's grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 79%
Fundamentalist 64%
Neo orthodox 61%
Reformed Evangelical 50%
Emergent/Postmodern 46%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 43%
Classical Liberal 39%
Roman Catholic 25%
Modern Liberal 18%

nla said...

here are my scores.

Evangelical/Holiness/Weslyan 100%
Emergent postmodern 82%
neoorthodox 71%
Fundamental 68%
Roman Catholic 54%
Charismatic/pentecostal 54%
Reformed evangelical 46%
Classic liberal 32%
moderan liberal can't remember

Thanks for a fun quiz. i love quizes.

llgp said...

Fun quiz. I came up the same as the others who posted before me. Three generations of Free Methodist pastors directly influencing your religious genes will do that to a person.

My percentages?

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 89%
Emergent/Postmodern 64%
Reformed Evangelical 61%
Roman Catholic 57%
Neo Orthodox 57%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 46%
Fundamentalist 39%
Classic Liberal 39%
Modern Liberal 32%

Austin (Xeirxes) said...

You scored as Reformed Evangelical. You are a Reformed Evangelical. You take the Bible very seriously because it is God's Word. You most likely hold to TULIP and are sceptical about the possibilities of universal atonement or resistible grace. The most important thing the Church can do is make sure people hear how they can go to heaven when they die.

The same guy as before said...

Oops, I left some out.

Neo orthodox 86%
Reformed Evangelical 86%
Fundamentalist 86%
Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 75%
Emergent/Postmodern 61%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 57%
Classical Liberal 32%
Modern Liberal 21%
Roman Catholic 18%

L-Po said...

I scored 96% Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan and then some other stuff happened.

Pooh said...

Danostotle - Here are my scores. Please note that I am not so strongly EH/W as the other family responders. I am also heavily influenced by what would be considered more "Calvinist" theology (pause for anguished screams here). There are certain aspects of - let me begin again. I don't think that Weslyan theology is necessarily wrong about some things but the way it plays out in the church IS wrong and gives very wrong messages about grace, mercy, justification, etc. "They" like to talk about grace but you don't see a lot of it lived out.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 75%
Neo orthodox 57%
Emergent/Postmodern 54%
Reformed Evangelical 54%
Fundamentalist 54%
Roman Catholic 43%
Modern Liberal 39%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 36%
Classical Liberal 32%

shawn said...

Hey D_lo. Here are mine.

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.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan
Neo orthodox
Roman Catholic
Classical Liberal
Reformed Evangelical
Modern Liberal