Monday, December 18, 2006

Which (Western) Theologian Am I?

I took one of these silly quizzes, Which Theologian Are You? (which should have been titled, Which Western Theologian.., since it entirely excludes the East; or maybe even something else - the only non-Protestants in the list are Augustine and Anselm).

My results were:

You scored as Karl Barth. The daddy of 20th Century theology. You perceive liberal theology to be a disaster and so you insist that the revelation of Christ, not human experience, should be the starting point for all theology.

Karl Barth

93%

Anselm

80%

Martin Luther

80%

John Calvin

73%

Augustine

73%

Jürgen Moltmann

47%

Friedrich Schleiermacher

47%

Charles Finney

40%

Jonathan Edwards

33%

Paul Tillich

27%

Barth doesn’t come as a great surprise, considering the paucity and nature of the options. Nor is it at all surprising that Tillich, Jimmy Carter’s “favorite theologian”, came out on the bottom. I was initially dismayed that Moltmann and Schleiermacher were so close to the middle, but on further reflection, I realised that I dislike them about equally (though less than Edwards), and they did tie, after all.

Vladyka Seraphim, the retired Bishop of Hentai, also took this quiz - his results and insightful commentary can be found here.

In honour of Karl Barth though, I will repeat one of, in my estimation, the most important things he said:

For the history of Jesus Christ, whose content is the covenant between God and humankind, is the beginning as well as the end and goal of all things.

Amen.

1 comment:

Ephrem said...

[Originally posted 2006-12-18
1:26:29 pm]

My wife Jolene, a former University of Dubuque divinity student, also decided to take the quiz. She came out with a three-way tie, and the tie-breaker question favoured Anselm of Canterbury:

Anselm: 100%
Karl Barth: 100%
Martin Luther: 100%
Augustine: 80%
John Calvin: 67%
Jonathan Edwards: 47%
Charles Finney: 47%
Paul Tillich: 33%
Friedrich Schleiermacher: 33%
Jürgen Moltmann: 33%