Leadership Magazine has created an online quiz to determine what your hermeneutic is (how you interpret the Bible). By answering 20 multiple-choice questions, they believe they can determine if you are conservative, moderate or progressive in your hermeneutic method.
Are you curious about how you would score?
This quiz is designed to surface the decisions we make, perhaps without thinking about them, and about how we both read our Bible and don’t read our Bible. Some will want to quibble with distinctions or agree with more than one answer. No test like this can reveal all the nuances needed, but broad answers are enough to raise the key issues. On a scale of 1-5, mark the answer that best fits your approach to reading the Bible. (If you fall between response 1 and response 3, give yourself a 2.) Your score will reveal where you land on our hermeneutical scale.
I scored a 43, which pegs me as a having a conservative hermeneutic.
The strength of this view is its emphasis on the authority, ongoing and normative authority, of all of Scripture. It tends to operate with the line many of us learned in Sunday school: “If the Bible says it, that settles it.” Such persons let the Bible challenge them with full force. Literal readings lead to rather literal applications.
I found some of the questions to be difficult to answer, because I wanted more choices. For example, I believe the Bible is the literal Word of God, but also believe it must be read in the cultural context in which it was written. In at least one instance, I was forced to choose one or the other.
Take the test, then come back and tell us how you scored, and if you believe it was accurate.