Saturday play – quizzing!

Some time ago, I took the Belief-o-Matic quiz at beliefnet.com. It was really pretty good … and I found the results amusing and somewhat enlightening.

It asks some fairly sensible questions (is not obviously biased towards a particular belief system) with sufficiently nuanced answers to give some sort of useful data – for example, the first question is “What is the number and nature of the deity (God, gods, higher power)?” and it then has 7 options. More importantly, for each question it allows you to say whether this belief is a high, medium, or low priority for you. In terms of quiz construction, I think they’ve done a good job: it’s detailed and nuanced enough to produce (somewhat) meaningful results, while still being easy to take and not too long.

Here are my results:

Your Results

The top score on the list below represents the faith that Belief-O-Matic, in its less than infinite wisdom, thinks most closely matches your beliefs. However, even a score of 100% does not mean that your views are all shared by this faith, or vice versa.

Belief-O-Matic then lists another 26 faiths in order of how much they have in common with your professed beliefs. The higher a faith appears on this list, the more closely it aligns with your thinking.

How did the Belief-O-Matic do? Discuss your results on our message boards.

1. Orthodox Quaker (100%)
2. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (95%)
3. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (94%)
4. Seventh Day Adventist (93%)
5. Eastern Orthodox (92%)
6. Roman Catholic (92%)
7. Liberal Quakers (75%)
8. Unitarian Universalism (74%)
9. Sikhism (66%)
10. Reform Judaism (64%)
11. Neo-Pagan (56%)
12. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (55%)
13. Orthodox Judaism (54%)
14. Hinduism (53%)
15. Baha’i Faith (53%)
16. Theravada Buddhism (51%)
17. Islam (48%)
18. Mahayana Buddhism (46%)
19. New Age (45%)
20. Secular Humanism (41%)
21. Scientology (39%)
22. New Thought (36%)
23. Nontheist (35%)
24. Taoism (35%)
25. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (34%)
26. Jehovah’s Witness (33%)
27. Jainism (28%)

Maybe I should find out more about Orthodox Quakerism … (is quakerism a word?)

What do you think of internet quizzes? Have a favourite one? Have you taken this quiz – and if so, what did you get?

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One Response to Saturday play – quizzing!

  1. Edward says:

    How did the Belief-O-Matic do? Discuss your results on our message boards.

    1. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (100%)
    2. Liberal Quakers (86%)
    3. Unitarian Universalism (85%)
    4. Reform Judaism (76%)
    5. Neo-Pagan (70%)
    6. New Age (65%)
    7. Orthodox Quaker (64%)
    8. Mahayana Buddhism (58%)
    9. Baha’i Faith (56%)
    10. Theravada Buddhism (55%)
    11. Sikhism (53%)
    12. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (53%)
    13. New Thought (51%)
    14. Eastern Orthodox (50%)
    15. Roman Catholic (50%)
    16. Secular Humanism (48%)
    17. Hinduism (47%)
    18. Seventh Day Adventist (47%)
    19. Scientology (46%)
    20. Taoism (43%)
    21. Orthodox Judaism (38%)
    22. Jainism (37%)
    23. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (34%)
    24. Islam (32%)
    25. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (28%)
    26. Nontheist (26%)
    27. Jehovah’s Witness (11%)

    Answers to said quiz, not really surprised about the top result but interested to see how they’ve got me more Neo-Pagan than Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant.

    As for other quizzes there are plenty of amusing ones here: http://www.oneplusyou.com/q including the classic http://www.howmanyfiveyearoldscouldyoutakeinafight.com/ which I’m sure I’ve previously mentioned.

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