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.
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.
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|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%)|
|10.||Reform Judaism (64%)|
|12.||Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (55%)|
|13.||Orthodox Judaism (54%)|
|15.||Baha’i Faith (53%)|
|16.||Theravada Buddhism (51%)|
|18.||Mahayana Buddhism (46%)|
|19.||New Age (45%)|
|20.||Secular Humanism (41%)|
|22.||New Thought (36%)|
|25.||Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (34%)|
|26.||Jehovah’s Witness (33%)|
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?