I’m Only 92% Mormon

By February 19, 2008

According to the Belief-O-Matic Quiz at beliefnet.com, my beliefs regarding God, the afterlife, human nature, etc. match up 92% with Mormonism.  According to the site, they match up better (100%) with “Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants.”  I imagine this is due to the fact that “Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants” include a wide range of religious groups and beliefs.  More interesting to me was the fact that my views lined up well with the Quakers (both orthodox and liberal varieties), as well as the Ba’hai faith, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and (gulp) Neo-Paganism. 

I imagine the ties to Quakerism have to do with my belief in personal revelation of some sort and perhaps my committment to social-betterment and nonviolence.  The ties with Ba’hai are probably a result of my relatively progressive political views and possibly my belief that God speaks to people of differing religions and a variety of faiths.  I am a little floored by the results favoring Neo-Paganism and the Jehovah’s Witnesses, though, and am at a loss to explain those results.  Anyway, it was a fun and illuminating exercise to take this quiz.  I’d be very interested in everyone’s elses results.  My complete results are as follows:

1. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (100%)
2. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (92%)
3. Orthodox Quaker (87%)
4. Liberal Quakers (83%)
5. Bahá’í Faith (82%)
6. Jehovah’s Witness (79%)
7. Neo-Pagan (78%)
8. Unitarian Universalism (76%)
9. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (75%)
10. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (72%)
11. Hinduism (69%)
12. Orthodox Judaism (63%)
13. Reform Judaism (62%)
14. New Age (61%)
15. Sikhism (60%)
16. Seventh Day Adventist (59%)
17. Jainism (57%)
18. Eastern Orthodox (57%)
19. Roman Catholic (57%)
20. Mahayana Buddhism (54%)
21. New Thought (53%)
22. Taoism (47%)
23. Theravada Buddhism (47%)
24. Secular Humanism (47%)
25. Scientology (44%)
26. Islam (40%)
27. Nontheist (21%)  

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Note: For those readers sick of me posting various religious quizzes, I apologize.  I hope to post something more substantial soon.  I do find these short quizzes interesting and fruitful, though, and figured others might, too.


Comments

  1. Your report suggests to me that this is a very dull instrument for measuring theological affinity.

    Comment by SC Taysom — February 19, 2008 @ 4:32 pm

  2. Although it is most entertaining!

    Comment by SC Taysom — February 19, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

  3. I’m totally Bahai! crazy. Guess that means I believe just about everything–bases covered, I spose.

    I really could have clicked the “none” or “not applicable” boxes for each category, because there were qualifications to every beleif statement as I would word it…but I didn’t want to be computed an atheist. Maybe I should take it again pretending that I’m Marie Ogden (my thesis subject) to see if I am guaging her correctly as part of New Thought.

    Here’s computed me:
    1. Bahá’í Faith (100%)
    2. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (87%)
    3. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (87%)
    4. Orthodox Judaism (80%)
    5. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (75%)
    6. Sikhism (69%)
    7. Islam (68%)
    8. Jehovah’s Witness (68%)
    9. Reform Judaism (65%)
    10. Neo-Pagan (64%)
    11. Unitarian Universalism (64%)
    12. Eastern Orthodox (61%)
    13. Hinduism (61%)
    14. Roman Catholic (61%)
    15. Liberal Quakers (60%)
    16. Mahayana Buddhism (59%)
    17. Jainism (58%)
    18. Orthodox Quaker (57%)
    19. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (55%)
    20. Seventh Day Adventist (53%)
    21. New Age (50%)
    22. Theravada Buddhism (45%)
    23. New Thought (44%)
    24. Scientology (27%)
    25. Taoism (20%)
    26. Nontheist (19%)
    27. Secular Humanism (19%)

    Comment by stan — February 19, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

  4. I made it to 100% Mormon on this one.

    Comment by Eric Nielson — February 19, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

  5. Stan: If you took it as Marie Ogden, would that count as a form of “spirit writing”?

    Comment by Ben — February 19, 2008 @ 5:53 pm

  6. 1. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (100%)
    2. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (89%)
    3. Bahá’í Faith (82%)

    Even though I “aced” the LDS standard, I didn’t like the test. I didn’t like the way that the questions were worded in at least half the cases. My “real” answer often was between two of the chioces – meaning I had to settle for the stereotypical Mormon answer, even when I didn’t agree with it fully.

    Iow, what stan said in #3.

    Comment by Ray — February 19, 2008 @ 6:04 pm

  7. 1. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (100%)
    2. Jehovah’s Witness (89%)
    3. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (86%)
    4. Sikhism (78%)
    5. Bahá’í Faith (77%)

    Man…I’m just a social pariah with my top two there.

    Comment by Heidi — February 19, 2008 @ 6:28 pm

  8. Taysom, I agree with both points.

    Stan and Ray, I agree that there was problems with wording and my exact belief wasn’t clearly articulated in each question.

    Heidi, yes you are. Your 89% JW makes me feel much better about my 79%.

    Comment by Christopher — February 19, 2008 @ 6:50 pm

  9. Christopher/Heidi,

    You must be schizophrenic.

    Comment by Mark IV — February 19, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

  10. Hnmmm, here are my results (top ten, at least):

    1. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (100%)
    2. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (89%)
    3. Bahá’í Faith (87%)
    4. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (78%)
    5. Liberal Quakers (78%)
    6. Jehovah’s Witness (77%)
    7. Orthodox Quaker (77%)
    8. Unitarian Universalism (64%)
    9. Sikhism (62%)
    10. Seventh Day Adventist (61%)

    I think it’s the liberal thing that sucked me into it’s vortex, never to be released. I did disagree with some of the choices on some questions, but recognize that it’s forcing me to make choices to try and stereotype the results. And Stan, I’m glad someone scored a lower LDS score than me. I wouldn’t want my bishop to know! 🙂

    Comment by kevinf — February 19, 2008 @ 7:11 pm

  11. #9 – Wow. Just wow.

    Comment by Ray — February 19, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

  12. # 9

    I’ve got to quit throwing rocks at the JW’s when they come through our neighborhood, I guess!

    Comment by kevinf — February 19, 2008 @ 7:56 pm

  13. Those crazy Illuminati connections …

    Comment by Christopher — February 19, 2008 @ 7:59 pm

  14. Due to the stereotypical nature of the questions I thought that disagreeing with things that were not said exactly right would dis-identify me as Mormon. Not so. 100 percent. “I’m a Mormon, yes I am, so if you want to study a Mormon, I’m a living specimen…”

    And on #9, I’m just speechless.

    Comment by East Coast — February 19, 2008 @ 8:29 pm

  15. maybe…just maybe there was only one question that was distinctly Mormon and if you answered that ONE question, you got labeled as most-likely Mormon. hmmmm.

    Comment by Heidi — February 19, 2008 @ 8:59 pm

  16. It seemed to me that many of the questions actually accomodated the Mormon view of the topic.

    Comment by Eric Nielson — February 20, 2008 @ 6:58 am

  17. You know, I’ve had a lot of non-mormon blogging friends take this test, and almost all of their results show a very high percentage of mormon in them.

    This shows me that our crazy mormon beliefs really do make sense if you can get past the fact that we’re a bunch of crazy devil-worshipping clones of each other in white shirts and black ties.

    Comment by Casual Mormon — February 20, 2008 @ 7:27 am

  18. I am listing all of the results until The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints shows up.

    1. Neo-Pagan (100%)
    2. Reform Judaism (96%)
    3. Sikhism (92%)
    4. Liberal Quakers (89%)
    5. Bahá’í Faith (88%)
    6. Unitarian Universalism (88%)
    7. Hinduism (81%)
    8. Jainism (81%)
    9. Orthodox Judaism (79%)
    10. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (78%)
    11. New Age (74%)
    12. Mahayana Buddhism (72%)
    13. Islam (57%)
    14. New Thought (57%)
    15. Theravada Buddhism (56%)
    16. Taoism (53%)
    17. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (51%)

    I thought that some of the questions were not specific enough. Agree or disagree just didn’t cut for me.

    Comment by Jared — February 20, 2008 @ 8:35 am

  19. I have to chuckle at mine, since it says I’m twice as likely to agree with Scientology than with LDS-ism:

    1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
    2. Liberal Quakers (93%)
    3. Neo-Pagan (91%)
    4. Mahayana Buddhism (82%)
    5. New Age (82%)
    6. Sikhism (81%)
    7. Reform Judaism (79%)
    8. Secular Humanism (79%)
    9. Jainism (78%)
    10. Theravada Buddhism (76%)
    11. Hinduism (73%)
    12. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (72%)
    13. Bahá’í Faith (67%)
    14. Taoism (64%)
    15. Scientology (64%)
    16. New Thought (63%)
    17. Orthodox Judaism (58%)
    18. Islam (56%)
    19. Nontheist (56%)
    20. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (51%)
    21. Orthodox Quaker (51%)
    22. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (34%)
    23. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (32%)
    24. Seventh Day Adventist (30%)
    25. Eastern Orthodox (24%)
    26. Roman Catholic (24%)
    27. Jehovah’s Witness (20%)

    Comment by Nick Literski — February 20, 2008 @ 10:46 am

  20. 1. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (100%)
    2. Orthodox Quaker (97%)
    3. Seventh Day Adventist (92%)
    4. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (89%)
    5. Eastern Orthodox (84%)
    6. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (84%)
    7. Roman Catholic (84%)
    8. Jehovah’s Witness (81%)
    9. Bahá’í Faith (80%)
    10. Orthodox Judaism (79%)
    11. Islam (71%)
    12. Liberal Quakers (66%)
    13. Jainism (64%)
    14. Sikhism (63%)
    15. Hinduism (62%)
    16. Theravada Buddhism (55%)
    17. Mahayana Buddhism (53%)
    18. Unitarian Universalism (45%)
    19. Reform Judaism (41%)
    20. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (36%)
    21. Taoism (34%)
    22. Neo-Pagan (29%)
    23. Nontheist (26%)
    24. New Age (20%)
    25. Secular Humanism (20%)
    26. Scientology (13%)
    27. New Thought (12%)

    Comment by David G. — February 20, 2008 @ 11:08 am

  21. Here were my top 10
    I just answered what I honestly thought on each one, and not what I anticipated their view of the categories would be. Of course, it was for “entertainment purposes only” – however, it is nice to know that I’m “in the right place”. I didn’t want to have to change the name of my website – (what a hassle)! lol 🙂

    1. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (100%)
    2. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (91%)
    3. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (89%)
    4. Jehovah’s Witness (88%)
    5. Orthodox Quaker (76%)
    6. Eastern Orthodox (69%)
    7. Orthodox Judaism (69%)
    8. Roman Catholic (69%)
    9. Bah’i Faith (67%)
    10. Seventh Day Adventist (66%)

    Comment by Mormon Soprano — February 20, 2008 @ 11:30 am

  22. Holy, Crap! 92% JW??

    1. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (100%)
    2. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (97%)
    3. Jehovah’s Witness (92%)
    4. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (88%)
    5. Eastern Orthodox (88%)
    6. Roman Catholic (88%)
    7. Orthodox Judaism (86%)
    8. Bahá’í Faith (77%)
    9. Seventh Day Adventist (75%)
    10. Hinduism (75%)
    11. Islam (71%)
    12. Orthodox Quaker (70%)
    13. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (68%)
    14. Sikhism (68%)
    15. Jainism (60%)
    16. Liberal Quakers (59%)
    17. Mahayana Buddhism (59%)
    18. Reform Judaism (59%)
    19. Unitarian Universalism (54%)
    20. New Thought (52%)
    21. Theravada Buddhism (52%)
    22. Neo-Pagan (45%)
    23. Scientology (40%)
    24. New Age (32%)
    25. Nontheist (22%)
    26. Secular Humanism (16%)
    27. Taoism (12%)

    I agree with previous posts that the questions had qualifications many times for me.

    Comment by Jared — February 20, 2008 @ 12:32 pm

  23. Wow, well at least I feel better at the 100%

    I agree with the rest of you that the test itself was weird. There were a few where I just did not know what to answer.

    1. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (100%)
    2. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (83%)
    3. Jehovah’s Witness (82%)
    4. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (81%)
    5. Bahá’í Faith (75%)
    6. Orthodox Judaism (74%)
    7. Orthodox Quaker (66%)
    8. Islam (62%)
    9. Eastern Orthodox (60%)
    10. Liberal Quakers (60%)

    Comment by JonW — February 20, 2008 @ 5:58 pm

  24. I kind of hate all these kinds of tests since they are at best so superficial and so many questions I keep wanting to say, “yes, but let me explain.”

    Comment by Clark — February 20, 2008 @ 6:21 pm

  25. BTW – here’s mine:

    1. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (100%)
    2. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (98%)
    3. Bahá’í Faith (91%)
    4. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (87%)
    5. Sikhism (85%)
    6. Jehovah’s Witness (83%)
    7. Orthodox Judaism (77%)
    8. Liberal Quakers (74%)
    9. Eastern Orthodox (71%)
    10. Roman Catholic (71%)
    11. Unitarian Universalism (71%)
    12. Orthodox Quaker (70%)
    13. Reform Judaism (70%)
    14. Hinduism (69%)
    15. Mahayana Buddhism (69%)
    16. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (64%)
    17. Islam (62%)
    18. Theravada Buddhism (62%)
    19. Jainism (57%)
    20. Seventh Day Adventist (56%)
    21. Neo-Pagan (55%)
    22. New Thought (54%)
    23. New Age (44%)
    24. Scientology (43%)
    25. Taoism (35%)
    26. Secular Humanism (27%)
    27. Nontheist (22%)

    Comment by Clark — February 20, 2008 @ 6:30 pm


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