Thursday, November 4

Hmm, the Belief-O-Matic leaves something to be desired...

From: Beliefnet's Belief-O-Matic.

My results:

01.  Secular Humanism (100%)
02.  Unitarian Universalism (100%)
03.  Nontheist (85%)
04.  Theravada Buddhism (78%)
05.  Liberal Quakers (72%)
06.  Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (56%)
07.  Neo-Pagan (54%)
08.  Taoism (49%)
09.  New Age (40%)
10.  Reform Judaism (37%)
11.  Mahayana Buddhism (31%)
12.  New Thought (28%)
13.  Orthodox Quaker (28%)
14.  Scientology (28%)
15.  Sikhism (28%)
16.  Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (23%)
17.  Baha'i Faith (18%)
18.  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (18%)
19.  Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (15%)
20.  Eastern Orthodox (9%)
21.  Hinduism (9%)
22.  Islam (9%)
23.  Jainism (9%)
24.  Orthodox Judaism (9%)
25.  Roman Catholic (9%)
26.  Seventh Day Adventist (9%)
27.  Jehovah's Witness (0%)

First of all, #1 and #3 should be 100%. I'm not quite sure what "partial beliefs" are, but following their logic here, #2 and #8 should be high, but not 100%. And there is no entry for "Secular Buddhism," which should also be high. Note than none of these require any faith, they all amount to philosophies or denials of faith in favor of Rationalism (yet another one which was left out - I suppose because it is most pointedly NOT a faith, and this site is about "belief"). Lastly, ALL of the others on the list which I haven't mentioned should be "0%" - period. I have no partial beliefs or sneaking suspicions in the validity of any of them, whatsoever.

Feel free to take the quiz yourself but I think as a means of assessing one's beliefs (or lack thereof), this is an inane way of approaching it. It places everyone somewhere along a spectrum for each belief system out there, regardless of how goofy or ridiculous. This is the wrong approach entirely, IMO. This is saying that fundamentalist Christians or Muslims also have affinities with the other, just not as strong, and many similar conclusions. I'm sure many "true believers" would find this just as objectionable as a non-believer such as myself does to being told my beliefs are 28% Scientological. That one is perhaps the biggest insult of all.

I would hang myself before being forced to live as a zombie of the church of Scientology, Islam, or Roman Catholicism. I'd make the same statement about Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, et al, but they're really too much of a joke to even get worked up about.


Raelha said...

1. Secular Humanism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (94%)
3. Liberal Quakers (78%)
4. Nontheist (71%)
5. Theravada Buddhism (65%)
6. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (59%)
7. Neo-Pagan (58%)
8. New Age (48%)
9. Taoism (45%)
10. Mahayana Buddhism (40%)
11. Orthodox Quaker (36%)
12. Reform Judaism (36%)
13. Jainism (31%)
14. Baha'i Faith (30%)
15. Sikhism (30%)
16. Scientology (29%)
17. New Thought (26%)
18. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (20%)
19. Hinduism (20%)
20. Seventh Day Adventist (15%)
21. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (13%)
22. Jehovah's Witness (13%)
23. Eastern Orthodox (10%)
24. Islam (10%)
25. Orthodox Judaism (10%)
26. Roman Catholic (10%)
27. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (9%)

Would that be good enough for Mr Cruise?

Metamatician said...

Certainly not - he'd probably jump up and down on your bed shouting out the reasons you'll never get to meet Xenu, "the dictator of the Galactic Confederacy who, 75 million years ago, brought billions of his people to Earth in a DC-8-like spacecraft, stacked them around volcanoes and killed them using hydrogen bombs." (Wikipedia)

On another topic though, it's kind of amazing how similarly we scored, don't you think? Apparently we're about 10% Muslim and 1/3 reformed Jews, and never even knew it!

Where's Confucianism? Where's Rationalism? Where's Hermeticism? Where's Wicca? Where's Deism? Where's Zen Buddhism? Where's Self-Worship? What the hell is New Thought?

Raelha said...

Ah, phew, I was a bit worried there.

Yes, I noticed the similarity, we had the same top five, albeit in a slightly different order, and almost the same top ten.

Hmm, wonder which part of me it is that's Muslim, hopefully not my left hand.

Metamatician said...

Haha, clever!

Raelha said...


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