What is Your Theological Worldview?

WesleyTo know me is to know that I hate labeling, so it wasn’t long before somebody sent me to this quiz that promised to definitively nail down my theological worldview.  By answering a series of theologically probing questions on a sliding scale from “strongly disagree” to “strongly agree”, the maker of this quiz will give you exactly which percentage you are of each theological worldview.  See what happened when I took the quiz, then take it yourself and report back to us.

  

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
93%
Reformed Evangelical
82%
Fundamentalist
82%
Charismatic/Pentecostal
61%
Neo orthodox
61%
Emergent/Postmodern
50%
Classical Liberal
36%
Modern Liberal
7%
Roman Catholic
0%

I think we clearly see the problem with labels.  Wow… Ok, how did you score?

35 Responses to What is Your Theological Worldview?

  1. The crazy part here, is that I get pegged as equal parts “reformed evangelical” and “fundamentalist”, and 38 percent “classic liberal”, probably because I agreed we should help the poor. Man, if this doesn’t discourage labeling, I don’t know what will. Let’s all just be “Bible-believing Christians”.

  2. RubeRad says:

    What’s the problem? Wesleyan = “Extreme Arminian”. That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you all along. Even the internet can see you’re an Arminian, and still you deny it!

  3. What do you do with the 82 percent reformed, then? Or 36 percent classic liberal?

    Did you take the quiz?

  4. Sorry…had the wrong link…it’s fixed now. Click above or here to go to the quiz.

  5. RubeRad says:

    I think I took that quiz once a long time ago. But it’s never going to come out 100% for one type, and 0% for all other types, because since they are all flavors of Christianity, they are all going to have some commonalities. Except, I guess RC.

  6. RubeRad says:

    I took the quiz, no surprises. I got a better “separation” than you: Let’s see if I can paste all the HTML into a combox:

    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.Reformed Evangelical93%Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan68%Neo orthodox68%Fundamentalist64%Roman Catholic25%Charismatic/Pentecostal25%Emergent/Postmodern21%Classical Liberal21%Modern Liberal18%What's your theological worldview?created with QuizFarm.com

  7. Echo_ohcE says:

    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.Reformed Evangelical93%Neo orthodox71%Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan71%Fundamentalist54%Classical Liberal54%Roman Catholic43%Emergent/Postmodern21%Modern Liberal14%Charismatic/Pentecostal7%What's your theological worldview?created with QuizFarm.com

  8. Echo_ohcE says:

    Rube’s right: The percentages are how much you agree with other traditions.

    I got 71% Neo Orthodox and 71% Wesleyan.

  9. Echo_ohcE says:

    I retook it…

    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.Reformed Evangelical100%Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan64%Neo orthodox57%Fundamentalist54%Roman Catholic43%Classical Liberal39%Emergent/Postmodern21%Modern Liberal14%Charismatic/Pentecostal0%What's your theological worldview?created with QuizFarm.com

  10. itsasecret2u says:

    What is “Neo Orthodox?” Hey, I’m Reformed! Who knew?

    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.Reformed Evangelical89%Neo orthodox61%Fundamentalist57%Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan54%Classical Liberal39%Charismatic/Pentecostal32%Emergent/Postmodern29%Roman Catholic11%Modern Liberal7%What's your theological worldview?created with QuizFarm.com

  11. itsasecret2u says:

    What is “Neo Orthodox?” Hey, look! I’m Reformed! Who knew?

    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

    Reformed Evangelical – 89%
    Neo orthodox – 61%
    Fundamentalist – 57%
    Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan – 54%
    Classical Liberal – 39%
    Charismatic/Pentecostal – 32%
    Emergent/Postmodern – 29%
    Roman Catholic – 11%
    Modern Liberal – 7%

  12. danielbalc says:

    HAHAHA Can you possibly be more unlabelable?

    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/Wesleyan79%Fundamentalist79%Neo orthodox79%Reformed Evangelical75%Charismatic/Pentecostal61%Emergent/Postmodern50%Classical Liberal32%Modern Liberal14%Roman Catholic11%What's your theological worldview?created with QuizFarm.com

  13. danielbalc says:

    Here I stand as the prime example of why “labeling” doesn’t work.

    Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan- 79%
    Fundamentalist- 79%
    Neo orthodox- 79%
    Reformed Evangelical- 75%
    Charismatic/Pentecostal- 61%
    Emergent/Postmodern- 50%
    Classical Liberal- 32%
    Modern Liberal- 14%
    Roman Catholic- 11%

    They put weslyan at the top because I had a tie breaker question.

    which is MOST true:

    Karl Barths theology is hugely important.

    The world was literally created in 6 days.

    God’s grace enables us to respond to him.

    Guess which one I picked.

  14. danielbalc says:

    Echo, what do you answer that makes you so catholic?

  15. danielbalc says:

    I mean besides Infant baptism.

  16. zrim says:

    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.

    Reformed Evangelical

    71%
    Neo orthodox

    68%
    Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

    61%
    Roman Catholic

    54%
    Fundamentalist

    43%
    Emergent/Postmodern

    29%
    Classical Liberal

    14%
    Modern Liberal

    7%
    Charismatic/Pentecostal

    7%

    he-he. my work is in standardized student assessments, so i appreciate how such diagnostics can be almost useless due to writer bias. “fundamentalist” can mean “do you *really* believe the bible?” oy.

    but sorry, al, “let’s all just be bible-believing christians” sounds too rodney king-ish (can’t we all just get along), and i can hear the subtle snickers from those who know better in the background. your entreat solves about as much as these blessed diagnostics!!

    zrim

  17. Echo_ohcE says:

    Daniel,

    I think your results are an excellent example of how you actually are. It’s not putting any one label on you, but saying that you can’t make up your mind if you lean more this way or that way, but are a unique combination of these various traditions. I think that accurately reflects you. You have something to agree upon with just about everyone, and something to argue about as well.

    I probably got the Roman bit because I said that Church councils are important and I don’t know what else.

    The question about Barth is dumb. I can think it’s important without agreeing with him. But saying that his theology is important will probably automatically give you at least 50% Neo-orthodox. I probably got the classical liberal stuff for not saying that the earth was created in 6 days. I dunno.

    E

  18. Echo_ohcE says:

    Some of the questions too are bad, like the one that says that social activism is important, but saving souls is more important. How do I answer that one if I think saving souls is very important, but social action isn’t important at all?

  19. danielbalc says:

    I agree that they reflect who I am. I am unlabelable.

    I had a problem with many of those questions in the same way you did, because of the way they were asked like the Karl Barth question, I was thinking, “well yeah his theology is important, that doesn’t mean it’s right.” I went with slightly disagree. The same thing i said for the church councils, which I knew referred to the RC councils but I couldn’t help but think about historic church councils.

    So are you “old earth” then?

    Oh yeah, as for me agreeing with people and arguing with people, it usually is a reflection of the person. I argue with arguers, because I know they like it😀

  20. Quizzes like this are really frustrating because I wanted to qualify every question. But I smoked out the ones that were going to label me “catholic” and made sure I scored a 0 on that anyway.

  21. zrim says:

    so how credulous was that tactic, albino? perhaps you were avoiding a label, but then again, you supposedly don’t care about labels, so why the need to “smoke out” a collar? why the nervousness about being labeled catholic as so little for the fundmamentalist one? so…collars DO matter to you? what’s so bad about being called catholic? one might say that sounds like you are flirting with being a little too dogmatic now.

    while i don’t self-ID by the term Evangelical i am nevertheless evangelical. and while i do not also self-ID by the term catholic (read: Roman, or big C catholic), i do consider myself catholic. the upper and lower case employment makes a big difference!

    zrim

  22. danielbalc says:

    Zrim, “Evangelical” (like “Christian”) is the label that I have currently embraced and promote. According to the barna research group “Evangelical” is his way of defining Christians who are “born again” plus these 7 criteria…
    1) saying their faith is very important in their life today;
    2) believing they have a personal responsibility to share their religious beliefs about Christ with non-Christians;
    3) believing that Satan exists;
    4) believing that eternal salvation is possible only through grace, not works;
    5) believing that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth;
    6) asserting that the Bible is accurate in all that it teaches;
    7) and describing God as the all-knowing, all-powerful, perfect deity who created the universe and still rules it today.

    Ironically from some of your previous statements I don’t think you fit into Barna’s label of “evangelical”. But I won’t let Barna label you, you can tell us for yourself, do you meet this criteria? or would you prefer to not be associated with the 20 million Americans who are lumped into here?

    More on “evangelical” here http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=Topic&TopicID=17

    As for “Born agains” there are 101 million of them out there…
    http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=Topic&TopicID=8

  23. danielbalc says:

    When I see those stats I am compelled to not only reach the lost so that they too are “born again” but I have a desire to see those “born again” grow to at least the point of being labeled “evangelical” I think the Calvinist desire is to take those in the “evangelical” camp and make them into either “reformed” or the holy grail of titles, “Calvinist”

  24. zrim says:

    not this calvinist!

    to me, and i know i may sound like a broken record here but i find this discussion really intriguing, the desire to “make others like oneself” is more of an pietist/evangelical ethic than a confessional/calvinist one. i intuit a vital difference between what one might consider an activistic ethic (pietist/evangelical) and a truly “evangelical” (confessionalist) one. and as a confessionalist, i have the same need to make unbelievers believers as i do to make pietists confessionalists.

    i am with you, in some odd way, daniel. frankly, i find it obnoxious to always be berating evangy’s for being evangy’s…they are only doing what their system demands so leave them alone. same for complete unbelievers. i mean “leave them alone” to be taken figuratively, of course. i don’t seek to diminsih conversations or arguments. i am not afraid of them, but i guess i want us to approach these things with more wisdom and discernment.

    zrim

  25. Yes, zrim, or should I call you, Steve, I, too am catholic, thanks to the Apostle’s creed. I attended a Lutheran elementary school and memorized much of Luther’s small catechism, and every day, after singing the national anthem, we would recite the Apostles’ Creed, of which one line is, “I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints…etc.” It still pops into my head without effort.

    But if you lived among mainly ex-catholics, especially those of the Mexican variety, you, too, would feel awfully weird about being classified as one — major idolatry going on here on the border.

  26. zrim says:

    you can call me either. like the dog i am, i respond to both. and in case i sense a latent charge of hiding behind some “handle” i would be glad to give you more specs on me. just say the word. it’s really no troible at all. i gather you have trying to figure out just who this freak might be.🙂

    i live among many Evangelicals and do feel weird allowing myself the nomenclature of “being evangelical.” but my sense of weirdness must submit to the fact that the word is entirely biblical and confessional, thus i must resist deleting a word that has been so badly whored out and scandalized, like pearls to pigs. thus i disagree with my hero DG Hart when he suggests we should delete the word “evangelical” from our vocabulary. bad idea. until we delete the word “catholic” from the Creed we recite every Sunday, i see no need to dump “evangelical.” it just needs to be used very carefully in such a confused era as ours.

    so what about my question of collars to you? why the stark circumventing on the quiz? if labels are so useless, why run away from one so pointedly? who cares if some fooey internet quiz spits back that catholic collar at you? is the term catholic so distasteful to you that you actually make collars meaningful now?

    zrim

  27. danielbalc says:

    I think the “negative” assocatiaon of titles is just so much more powerful then the positive associations. Thus to take the label “catholic” (especially in a Roman Catholic culture like bino lives) implies way too many negatives.

  28. danielbalc says:

    the negatives of “evangelical” aren’t quite so bad. Neither are the negatives of “Christian” or even “born-again”. But what about denominations “Lutheran”, “Presbyterian”, “Wesleyan” “non-denominational”? It’s purely a matter of what negative associations you are willing to associate yourself with.

    I am personally shying away from the label “charismatic” for this reason.

    one more thing, it should be noted that this is a fluid concept that changes as the culture changes. surely no one thinks we have to have a certain denominational affiliation to gain entrance into heaven (although I’ll bet 2 dollars that albino has a joke of some sort regarding that idea).

  29. itsasecret2u says:

    I see why Daniel told me to avoid labels now.

    I don’t even know what half the labels on the quiz actually mean, if I’m being honest.

  30. zrim says:

    yes, daniel, i agree i think. albino likely does well to not use the term for plain reasons. but that is the same reason i do not use the term “evangelical” in our cultural context of mainstream america. people begin to think billy graham, the GOP, particular politics, the unholy marriage netween cult and culture, gay bashing, circuit riders, christian sub-culture, tee shirts, bad music, silliness, etc., etc.

    zrim

  31. Echo_ohcE says:

    Albino,

    Of all people, I would expect YOU to be the biggest champion of the word “catholic” in the Creeds (Apostle’s or Nicene), since you so detest labels and wish to transcend them. Well, here’s your chance to confess that you don’t believe in denominations, but in ONE HOLY UNIVERSAL CHURCH.

    Frankly, you can change the word to universal, and when someone questions you, just tell them that your exegesis of the original allowed for your use of this word, so that you could help your congregants understand that you have, in fact, separated from Rome, the synagogue of Satan.

    E

  32. Echo_ohcE says:

    Secret,

    Just to take some of the mystery out of labels…

    Most labels stem from a couple of categories.

    First, and perhaps most easy to understand is that of church government, of which there are three major categories: heirarchical, congregational, presbyterian.
    Heirarchical refers to the use of bishops, archbishops, cardinals, popes and the like.
    Congregational refers to government of the lay people.
    Presbyterian refers to rule by elders.
    In church government, the question is, who rules/governs?

    Maybe next you might refer to soteriology (way of salvation), of which there are three broad categories: Roman, Arminian, Calvinistic.
    The Roman soteriology says that anyone who says that justification is by faith alone is anathema. So the apostle Paul, at least, has been condemned by the Pope.
    Arminian and Calvinistic soteriology both affirm that justification is by faith alone, but disagree on other things, which I’m sure you’re aware of.

    Perhaps some other big divisions depend on the relevent view of the sacraments.
    With regard to the Lord’s Supper, there are four views: Roman, Lutheran, Zwinglian, and Calvinistic.
    Roman: Christ physically present, wine and bread become body and blood, literally, of Christ. Trans-substantiation.
    Lutheran: Christ present, but only around and through the elements, the elements themselves don’t change. Consubstantiation.
    Zwinglian: Christ not present. Lord’s Supper is merely a memorial.
    Calvinistic: Supper physically pictures a spiritual reality. Christ spiritually present, Spirit feeds us on his flesh spiritually, bread and wine picture that physically as a sign/seal, etc.

    With regard to Baptism, there are three: Roman/Lutheran, Reformed/Calvinistic, and Baptist.
    Rome & Lutherans: Infant baptism with baptismal regeneration
    Calvinistic/Reformed: infant baptism w/o baptismal regeneration
    Baptist: believer only baptism.

    Now, if you just throw in some other questions like: tongues yes or no, prophesy yes or no, and maybe some other things, you’ll find that most labels break down to the above mentioned categories, being simply a combination thereof. Sometimes a group might blend some of the views on an issue, like many Baptist churches do with regard to government, because they have both the elders/deacons doing some of the governing, but also the laymen do some as well, while the day to day operation is run by the pastor. But for the most part, these are the very well established categories in a very broad, VERY BROAD, very general sense.

    E

  33. Bible-believing Christian suits me just fine.

  34. Echo_ohcE says:

    Not everyone can fit into your suits.

    E

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