Another quiz: which theologian am I?

I have been posting a lot of these quizzes recently, not so much because I am addicted to them (but perhaps I am), more because they are a quick and easy way to find something to post when, as today, I don’t have time to write anything more profound. For the link to this one I thank Paul Trathen.

Which theologian are you?
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You scored as Charles FinneyYou’re passionate about God and love to preach the Gospel. Your theology borders on pelagianism and it is said that if God were taken out of your theology, it would look exactly the same. 

Charles Finney
Jürgen Moltmann
John Calvin
Karl Barth
Friedrich Schleiermacher
Martin Luther
Paul Tillich
Jonathan Edwards

I’m not sure the comment about Finney is fair. But note that there is quite a lot of Calvin in my theology, although rather little Jonathan Edwards. I guess the person who wrote the comment was something of a Calvinist.

But as Tim Chesterton perceptively points out,

What a bunch! Not a decent Anabaptist among them!

9 thoughts on “Another quiz: which theologian am I?

  1. Pingback: Theologians I know nothing of… « He is Sufficient

  2. Anselm 100%
    Paul Tillich 67%
    Martin Luther 67%
    John Calvin 67%
    Karl Barth 67%
    Charles Finney 33%
    Augustine 33%
    Jürgen Moltmann 33%
    Jonathan Edwards 33%
    Friedrich Schleiermacher 0%

    Now I just need someone to tell me what it all means!

  3. Notice how no women are taking this quiz. But would men take it either if the only 10 theologians in the whole history of the world were women?

    Peter Leithart, a man a theologian a complementarian one at that, can still bring himself to write this:

    “To put it in extreme terms: Modern science developed by a human race with one half of its brain tied behind its back. Something of the same can be said for the development of Christian theology, which was also pursued for most of a millennium is a world without women. Christians, who believe in fundamental sexual difference, have even more reason than some feminists to regard this purely male theological practice with suspicion.”

    And author woman Carolyn Custis James has to report things like:

    “With the educational and professional advancement of women today, many women come to our churches and wonder why the secular workplace values what they bring to the table, but the church shows so little interest.”

    and one Lisa J. Houston (a woman no less) forwards scholarship “to encourage the reading and study of current work of women doing theology.”

    Sorry, if with these three human beings theologians, there’s a reformed tradition bias here. Blame that on google’s ordering and my thought that this is maybe a good beginning to rethink who we are theologically.

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  5. Interesting idea for a quiz, but most of the questions were useless. Time after time I found myself thinking: I know what they are trying to say, which would make me vote one way, but given what they actually say I’ll have to vote the other. The worst was the question on infant baptism. Taken as written it would mean that unless a person was baptised while they were still an infant sin would remain undealt with in their lives. In other words adult baptism is too late! This is obviously a question that is meant to find out if you agree with Augustine, but Augustine never meant what a straight reading of the question means.

  6. Another problem is that its expression of Calvinist statements actually uses hyper-Calvinist ways of speaking. So you come out as an Arminian if you speak the way Calvin did. I came out with Luther as my highest and Calvin at fourth, with Edwards at eighth place and Augustine at ninth.

    Incomprehensibly, Karl Barth ended up tied for second with Anselm. I detest pretty much every innovation Barth brought to theology.

    Now compare my actual list of heroest, in order: Calvin, Edwards, Augustine, Luther, Anselm

    All the others I would consider theological bad guys, who contributed little or nothing of value and lots of misleading, false, and uncareful thinking (although Finney may have been used of God to do lots of good, just not theologically; I’m not sure I can say even that much of the others).

  7. Paul, I haven’t read any Finney either, but that doesn’t stop me from having his theology, or at least 80% of it!

    John, thanks for your interesting contribution, but let’s keep comments here on topic.

    Bernard and Jeremy, I think you are probably right that these questions are not all good ones. So don’t take these quizzes too seriously. Or maybe you would like to design a better one? It must be really hard work to do one well.

  8. John, thanks for your interesting contribution, but let’s keep comments here on topic.

    Peter, I think I pulled John off “topic” by apologizing that my examples for calls to consider women in theology were from the “reformed” tradition.

    So to you, and to John (if you’ll allow us to come back to “topic”) and to all:

    Has anyone read Steven Wedgeworth guest posting over at Evangelical Catholicity in “Speaking Bible: Catholicity’s Escape from Babel”?

    “This is not to say that traditional “systematic [theology]” terms are of no use, nor is it a proposal to throw them all out and retreat to Biblicism, though I must confess that I do not see any problem with a biblical Biblicism. . . One good example is the way that Lutherans and many other Protestants use the term “. . . . I could do the same thing with the TULIP. I can imagine a way in which each letter is absolutely incorrect. R L Dabney begins his treatise on “the five points” by saying, “Historically, this title is of little value or worth.” Most Calvinists would agree that the standard criticisms of “Calvinism” typically miss the point entirely, and this is because the critics generally do not attempt to understand Calvinism from within Calvinism, thus the language is taken to denote concepts that even the Calvinist agrees are false.”

    Note here the problems with any one single theology. And at his own blog “wedgewords” Wedgeworth is writing about women (and men).

    Hope that doesn’t side track the discussion here too much. The point of the quiz is to pigeonhole oneself, no? And to be proud of it, if you like the results. And never mind the consequences otherwise (i.e., to theological traditions, to women, etc.), fair enough?

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