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Religious Evolutions

October 11, 2010

Two years ago, somebody posted one of those online quiz – fills your answer, we’ll tell you what you are sort – on a message board I frequent. I answered it (it was a rather imperfect quiz, but the results made some sense), posted my results in the discussion thread, and left it at that. The thread vanished from sight as threads usually do. Until someone went tonight and brought it back.

So, out of curiosity, I took the quiz again, to see how different my results would be, two years later. The results were…interesting.
1. Unitarian Universalism (100%) (Exact same as in 2008)
2. Liberal Quakers (97%) (3rd, picked up 10%)
3. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (91%) (7th, picked up 14%)
4. Secular Humanism (86%) (5th)
5. Neo-Pagan (80%) (6th)
6. Mahayana Buddhism (79%) (4th)
7. New Age (77%) (8th)
8. Theravada Buddhism (77%) (2nd, lost 14%)
9. Reform Judaism (75%) (10th, picked up 13%)
10. Taoism (70%) (11th)
11. New Thought (61%) (16th, picked up 12%)
12. Orthodox Quaker (59%) (14th)
13. Jainism (59%) (9th)
14. Baha’i Faith (57%) (18th, picked up 15%)
15. Scientology (56%) (17th, picked up 11%)
16. Nontheist (55%) (13th)
17. Sikhism (51%) (12th)
18. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (45%) (19th, picked up 10%)
19. Hinduism (39%) (15th, lost 11%)
20. Orthodox Judaism (38%) (20th)
21. Islam (35%) (21st)
22. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (32%) (22nd)
23. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (28%) (23rd)
24. Seventh Day Adventist (26%) (24th)
25. Eastern Orthodox (21%) (26th)
26. Roman Catholic (21%) (27th)
27. Jehovah’s Witness (15%) (25th)

Interesting results. Of course, several religions are missing, and some religions definitely need flavoring (a Quebec – or New England – Catholic would be…unlikely…to place anywhere near “Catholic” in that quiz…). But they fall in line with my own observations on the topic: my Asian religious leanings have dimmed a lot more, while on the other hand, I’ve come to identify more and more firmly as an independent/non-denominational Christian. And to become quite sympathetic to any number of Quaker views, though as with any other organized religion, I don’t necessarily agree with all their views.

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