Wednesday, 14 February 2007

Failing miserably-Glad for Penal Substitution!

I know I am meant to be avoiding the internet. But I find more fun things all the time-like online quizzes. This one was particularly cool, even though I can never make up my mind on the questions, as I think "well if you were to take it this way..."

the thought of me being a theologian is entertaining in itself, but for added interest, my results:

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?'



Karl Barth


Jonathan Edwards


John Calvin


Martin Luther


Friedrich Schleiermacher


Charles Finney


Jürgen Moltmann




Paul Tillich


Which theologian are you?
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Once I finished this quiz and saw the results, I realized I had taken it once before a year or two ago-and scored as Anselm. Heh. The Mediaeval period had some interesting artistic feats to it's credit, so that's cool. :)
I do find the fact that Finney is not sitting at negative 300% disturbing (and yes even more than some others). Especially since he is above Augustine. Hoping against hope that is due to my equivocating...Semper reformanda indeed.


mem said...

Barth's presence also surprises me, though having not read him, I guess I can't criticize too much.

Nonetheless, I resulted out as:

Anselm 87% ; Karl Barth 80% ; John Calvin 73% ; Jonathan Edwards 73% ; Martin Luther 67% ; Friedrich Schleiermacher 40% ; Jürgen Moltmann 40% ; Augustine 33% ; Charles Finney 13% ; Paul Tillich 7%

You'll notice Augustine beat out Finney for me! ;)

gwensmom said...

I'm a damn liberal and going to hell for sure. But I've never heard of Friedrich Schleiermacher!

"You scored as Friedrich Schleiermacher. You seek to make inner feeling and awareness of God the centre of your theology, which is the foundation of liberalism. Unfortunately, atheists are quick to accuse you of simply projecting humanity onto 'God' and liberalism never really recovers.

Friedrich Schleiermacher 73%
John Calvin 60%
Jürgen Moltmann 33%
Paul Tillich 33%
Anselm 7%
Augustine 7%
Martin Luther 0%
Jonathan Edwards 0%
Charles Finney 0%
Karl Barth 0%

Char said...

Schleiermacher was a German theologian and religious philosopher.
Yes, fair to say liberal.

mem said...

I think anything outside the top four is probably next to worthless in determining your score, personally.

I should read Athanasias; I've read his creed, and that's about it. I'm rather under-read, I confess. I am a little surprised he didn't make it on; I wonder if all of the theologians were listed? (No Aquinas, either.)

No worries about Finney; if anything, you make up for it by getting higher Calvin, Edwards, and Luther scores. The survey is probably innundated with philosophical misunderstandings anyway.

mem said...

Well, so far, I think that makes all of two people who hate me (you, and my sister, and she hardly counts). Worse would be utter indifference.

I do remember reading that Athanasius really didn't write his creed, but it either didn't register or I dismissed the claim with extreme prejudice.

Just for kicks, I did the quiz and highly disagreed with everything to see which questions were the tie-breakers. Augustine's was the one about infant baptism! (Though if you score as Augustine, it says, "Predestination is important to you," too.)

CCEL really is aweswome. I used it to read some of the non-canonical gospels and a few of the early fathers when I was reading Eusebius' History of the Church. Origen really is brain-bending. I started reading him (and stopped almost immediately) because some anti-trinitarians point to him as one of their own.

I think reading old theologians is like reading Tolkien. It always takes a few tries, but once you're there and can immerse yourself, it's infinitely worth it, and so much better than what's around today.

Doug E. said...

"Finny not sitting at a negative 300%." That made me laugh since I had the same feeling when I took it. :-)

Rock on,


Char said...

Doug e,
I wondered how they could even consider Finney a theologian in the first place-yet not include other ACTUAL theologians. Feh.

mem said...

I actually got it on authority from my friend who works there and my father, who's been on business once or twice. But you have to realize that our comparison cities are Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Columbus, and Orlando. While each has its charms (and by charm, I mean the blue-collar charms, not the museums, though they are really cool), they also have their own Sloughs of Despond. One of my friends in Center City lives in a neighborhood protected by crack dealers, not the police. (A friend who visited her said that they told him, "Don't worry about your car, we'll take care of it.") So by comparison, maybe Calgary really is beautiful, if somewhat industrial. (It can't be as bad as Gary, IN or Kankakee, IL.)

We have had worse snow by far than we had last week, but this winter has been relatively low on precipitation. It certainly wasn't the blanketing on my former alma mater, who cancelled two days' of classes in a row for the first time ever.

I don't know that Grandma would do well with mail art. Now my aunt (her daughter) would do very well...I may have to mention it. But Grandma's art is more family-bound—it is the sort of thing that everyone could appreciate, I think, but it cuts the near and dear to the quick, so to speak. She writes us all letters every year, just the newsy updates and all. My family tree is interesting, a story for later, but as she was preparing for a second marriage (after the death of my grandfather), she wrote, "I said to the Lord in my happy business, 'Do you have any idea what it is like to plan a wedding?' He responded, 'Oh yes, I've been planning one for ages.'"

Warrencraft said...

Hey, it's Warren. :) I've heard of Barth, but never read him. Anyway, I wanted to give you my email!
Have a good week!

Karl Barth 100%
Anselm 73%
John Calvin 67%
Jonathan Edwards 47%
Friedrich Schleiermacher 40%
Martin Luther 40%
Jürgen Moltmann 20%
Augustine 7%
Charles Finney 7%
Paul Tillich 0%