“You scored as Emergent/Postmodern”

Quizzes have their limitations but are occasionally interesting.  I am a little bit concerned with my results on this one because I don’t feel alienated from older forms of church and I’m not concerned with connecting the church to modern culture either.  I would not associate myself with the Emergent church and its American forerunners (Brian McLaren, Leonard Sweet, etc.) but the emphasis on dialogue and ecumenism both inter-denominational as well as inter-faith is something I am interested in, but for political, social, and ethical reasons.

You Scored as Emergent/Postmodern

You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don’t think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.

Emergent/Postmodern                         82%

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan            57%

Roman Catholic                                       50%

Neo Orthodox                                          50%

Classical Liberal                                      39%

Modern Liberal                                       36%

Charismatic/Pentecostal                       18%

Reformed Evangelical                             11%

Fundamentalist                                         4%


15 comments on ““You scored as Emergent/Postmodern”

  1. Pretty sketchy that one. Here is how I faired,
    Emergent/Postmodern 71%
    Neo orthodox 68%
    Roman Catholic 57%
    Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 57%
    Modern Liberal 39%
    Classical Liberal 36%
    Charismatic/Pentecostal 25%
    Reformed Evangelical 14%
    Fundamentalist 7%

    I am thinking ‘Holiness’ is the closest approximation to Anabaptism?

  2. Emerson Fast says:

    looks like it’s time for a doctrinal tune-up Kampen 😉

  3. Theophilus says:

    My result:
    You Scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

    You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God’s grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.

    Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan — 93%
    Neo orthodox — 86%
    Emergent/Postmodern — 75%
    Classical Liberal — 50%
    Charismatic/Pentecostal — 50%
    Fundamentalist — 39%
    Reformed Evangelical — 36%
    Roman Catholic — 29%
    Modern Liberal — 18%

    I’ve done this quiz a few times, the first time about five years ago, and have always scored highest in Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan. The main issue I had at that time was that at that time I knew virtually nothing about Wesley other than his hymns. I have since found that Wesley is one of my favourite figures in church history, and that Wesleyan Methodism had a significant, though indirect influence, on the origins of the Mennonite Brethren, the denomination in which I hold membership.

    • Kampen says:

      I would be interested in a comparative study of MBs and GCs/MCs. Also, what do you think about your fundamentalism? Why do you think it is so high?

      • Theophilus says:

        I suspect that MB’s would generally show a stronger affinity for the Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan track than GC’s, because of the strong influence of Pietist spirituality in MB origins. The impetus for the GC church, according to the material I’ve read, wasn’t really rooted in spirituality at all, but rather ecumenism and the missionary impulse. I would also expect GC’s to have a lower score than MB’s in the Charismatic category. The relatively greater importance ascribed to spirituality by MB’s probably affects those two categories the most.

        I’m guessing my (relatively high) Fundamentalist score is most reflective of questions pertaining to the absolute and unquestionable authority of God’s revelation, regardless of its appearance. That actually strikes me as a very Anabaptist viewpoint as well; Menno Simons was as much of a hyperscripturalist as any fundamentalist you’ll find today, and scrupulously avoided citing his extra-Scriptural reading in the selections of his writing I’ve read. I think that my hermeneutic of God’s revelation, and that of the Anabaptists, is more nuanced than the typical fundamentalist one, though, and I think that’s why my score in that category isn’t higher than it already is.

  4. Andrew says:

    Care to trace the Wesley –> Mennonite Brethren lineage?

    • Theophilus says:

      I touched on it in my post Separated at Birth where I noted that Eduard Wüst was influenced by the American Methodist Wilhelm Nast. In addition to this, the German Pietism that so influenced the early MB’s and Wesleyan Methodism both trace their roots to the Moravians. Even if tracing the ancestry of the Mennonite Brethren to Wesley is difficult, the MB’s and the Methodists could at the very least be considered historical cousins on account of their mutual Moravian roots.

  5. Andrew says:

    One more thing, where is this quiz located?

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