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




Martin Luther


John Calvin




Jürgen Moltmann


Friedrich Schleiermacher


Charles Finney


Jonathan Edwards


Paul Tillich


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.


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%