Saturday, November 18, 2006

Belief O Matic

Belief-o-matic is not a joke about Irish people. It is an online quiz. As the blurb goes.

Even if YOU don't know what faith you are, Belief-O-Matic™ knows. Answer 20 questions about your concept of God, the afterlife, human nature, and more, and Belief-O-Matic™ will tell you what religion (if any) you practice...or ought to consider practicing.

Howdotheydoit-There are 20 questions, multiple choice. Here is a sample.
1.What is the number and nature of the deity (God, gods, higher power)? Choose one.

-Only one God--a corporeal spirit (has a body), supreme, personal God Almighty, the Creator
-Only one God--an incorporeal (no body) spirit, supreme, personal God Almighty, the Creator
-Multiple personal gods (or goddesses) regarded as facets of one God, and/or as separate gods.
-The supreme force is the impersonal Ultimate Reality (or life force, ultimate truth, cosmic order, absolute bliss, universal soul), which resides within and/or beyond all.
-The supreme existence is both the eternal, impersonal, formless Ultimate Reality, and personal God (or gods).
-No God or supreme force. Or not sure. Or not important.
-None of the above.

After each question, you are asked :
What priority do you place on this selection?

The questions are about the usual religious topics...the nature of God, the orgin of the universe, "why is there suffering", abortion, homosexuality, and , that perenial crowd pleaser, life after death. The nature of the questions leads me to suspect that this is a Judeo-Christian based quiz. Maybe a Hindu/Buddhist based quiz would have different issues.

Andthewinneris. I did the questions. Here are the results:
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.

1. Neo-Pagan (100%) 2. Liberal Quakers (96%) 3. New Age (90%) 4. Unitarian Universalism (89%) 5. Reform Judaism (85%) 6. Mahayana Buddhism (83%) 7. Bahá'í Faith (78%) 8. Jainism (76%) 9. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (72%) 10. Taoism (70%) 11. Scientology (69%) 12. Sikhism (68%) 13. New Thought (65%) 14. Secular Humanism (65%) 15. Theravada Buddhism (64%) 16. Orthodox Quaker (63%) 17. Hinduism (60%) 18. Islam (58%) 19. Orthodox Judaism (58%) 20. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (47%) 21. Nontheist (37%) 22. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (30%) 23. Seventh Day Adventist (30%) 24. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (28%) 25. Eastern Orthodox (26%) 26. Roman Catholic (26%) 27. Jehovah's Witness (16%)
I had taken this survey a few years ago, shortly after I heard about it. The results were a bit different. I was best suited to be a Liberal Quaker ( and eat lots of oatmeal). The least suited religion for me the last time was Islam, which was in the middle this time, between Hinduism and Orthodox Judaism. The Hindus would have the best food of those three.

shakinghats.When I visited Belief Net to take this quiz, there was an ad for a company offering mortgages at a reduced rate. The ad featured animated line dancing cowboys. No indication was religion was practiced by the cowboys.


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