Wednesday, June 30, 2010


One of the things that kind of jump started my religious seeking, was the Belief-O-Matic(cheesy, I know) quiz on Granted, it's kind of silly to base your religious beliefs on an internet quiz. But, the results I got at the time piqued my curiosity, listing some faiths I had never seen or heard of before. So, while I obviously never based my beliefs on the quiz, it did kind of give me direction in my search.

Sometimes, every few months,or when I get bored, I'll take it again. Just to see if my results have changed, and kind of assess where I am at the moment. Interestingly(or not) enough, the top 3 almost always end up being Unitarian Universalism, Neo-Pagan, and Liberal Quakers. In fact, my most recent taking, about 5 minutes ago, lists the following results:

1. Unitarian Universalism (99%)
2. Neo-Pagan (99%)
3. Liberal Quakers (92%)
4. Mahayana Buddhism (91%)
5. New Age (88%)
6. Reform Judaism (82%)
7. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (77%)
8. Hinduism (76%)
9. Jainism (75%)
10. Sikhism (74%)
11. Theravada Buddhism (73%)
12. Baha'i Faith (70%)
13. New Thought (60%)
14. Secular Humanism (57%)
15. Orthodox Judaism (53%)
16. Taoism (52%)
17. Scientology (51%)
18. Islam (46%)
19. Orthodox Quaker (43%)
20. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (34%)
21. Nontheist (32%)
22. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (25%)
23. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (25%)
24. Seventh Day Adventist (24%)
25. Eastern Orthodox (20%)
26. Roman Catholic (20%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (17%)

 I also find it interesting that Mahayana Buddhism is usually so high up the list, as I have been occasionally looking into Zen Buddhism as a practice as well. I haven't had the chance to delve into it deeply yet, currently focusing more on my core Gnosticism and Druidry, although admittedly Gnosticism and Buddhism do seem to have a good bit of things in common in modern times, at least where it concerns reincarnation, meditation, etc. In fact, many Gnostics seem to have a lot of Buddhist influence in their personal spiritual paths. Hopefully I'll be getting to one of my Buddhist thought books soon.

This, as you can see, is one of my less intellectually stimulating entries. I guess not all of them can be as deep and scholarly as my first few! I will probably(hopefully) do one of my more detailed entries on either a Gnostic concept or a Druidic concept on Friday, my next day off of work. Lesser-detailed entries like these are mainly to keep myself spiritually stimulated and keep myself in the habit of spiritual blogging, so that I don't get lazy again. I close with a passage from another Gnostic Gospel, The Thunder, Perfect Mind :

For I am knowledge and ignorance.
I am shame and boldness.
I am shameless; I am ashamed.
I am strength and I am fear.
I am war and peace.
Give heed to me.
I am the one who is disgraced and the great one.


ex-minister1 said...

I like tests like these. Will have to do it.
After I left Christianity I studied Buddhism & Zen Buddhism. There were a lot of good things there, but I never needed to be apart of it. Took what I like and left the rest. The best thing I read was the quote "If you see Buddha on the road kill him". If all religions followed that we would be much better off.

JeniMac said...

Here's mine:

1. Secular Humanism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (92%)
3. Liberal Quakers (74%)
4. Nontheist (73%)
5. Theravada Buddhism (73%)
6. Neo-Pagan (64%)
7. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (56%)
8. New Age (48%)
9. Taoism (44%)
10. Orthodox Quaker (39%)
11. Reform Judaism (39%)
12. Mahayana Buddhism (38%)
13. Baha'i Faith (28%)
14. Sikhism (28%)
15. Scientology (28%)
16. Jainism (27%)
17. New Thought (26%)
18. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (23%)
19. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (20%)
20. Hinduism (18%)
21. Seventh Day Adventist (18%)
22. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (17%)
23. Eastern Orthodox (16%)
24. Islam (16%)
25. Orthodox Judaism (16%)
26. Roman Catholic (16%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (13%)

Chadly said...

Yours sound pretty spot-on, Jen :)

ex-minister: I agree, I wish more were like that.

JeniMac said...

I just don't understand Liberal Quakers. When I think of Quakers I think of the guy on the oatmeal box. lol!!

ex-minister1 said...

here is mine. I used to be a SDA, which is now number 27.

1. Secular Humanism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (91%)
3. Nontheist (77%)
4. Liberal Quakers (75%)
5. Theravada Buddhism (68%)
6. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (64%)
7. Neo-Pagan (64%)
8. Reform Judaism (51%)
9. New Age (48%)
10. Taoism (44%)
11. Orthodox Quaker (38%)
12. Sikhism (38%)
13. Mahayana Buddhism (37%)
14. Scientology (37%)
15. New Thought (35%)
16. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (32%)
17. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (28%)
18. Seventh Day Adventist (27%)
19. Baha'i Faith (25%)
20. Hinduism (25%)
21. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (25%)
22. Jainism (24%)
23. Eastern Orthodox (23%)
24. Islam (23%)
25. Orthodox Judaism (23%)
26. Roman Catholic (23%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (19%)