March 28, 2005

Religion Quiz

Well, I don't believe that a quiz can really tell you that much about "what religion you should be" but since my blog is for entertainment purposes only, what the hell. Let's give her a go.

I scored as "atheism?" You are all shocked. But Satanism as number 2? These people obviously didn't have any quesitions about how I feel about supernatural forces. Or maybe I just don't know enough about Satanism.

You scored as atheism. You are... an atheist, though you probably already knew this. Also, you probably have several people praying daily for your soul. Instead of simply being "nonreligious," atheists strongly believe in the lack of existence of a higher being, or God.

atheism

75%

Satanism

54%

Paganism

54%

agnosticism

42%

Buddhism

33%

Islam

25%

Judaism

17%

Christianity

8%

Hinduism

0%

Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
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Go ahead and take the quiz, and we can talk about how much it kinda sucks.
Posted by James at March 28, 2005 8:57 PM
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That was a very strange quiz. I didn't think "disagree" and "not applicable" were the same answer. Anyway, I scored as atheism. Wow. No idea. Then I guess if you're only 25% Christian or less, somehow that makes you a satanist. If I don't believe in any kind of god or anything, how can I be a satanist? Isn't satan part of that whole thing? Is it because I think I should make up the rules for myself? As usual, I'm annoyed by the quiz.

atheism 100%
Satanism 67%
Paganism 46%
Buddhism 42%
Islam 33%
Christianity 25%
Judaism 25%
Hinduism 0%
agnosticism 0%

Posted by: Maggie at March 28, 2005 9:25 PM

Apparently you don't actually need to believe in satan to be a satanist.

Regardless, I find nearly lal these quizzes annoying, yet I post them once in a while. How tough is it to tell an atheist she's an atheist?

It's far more interesting if other people take the quiz. Well, maybe interesting but also annoying and useless.

I guess that's entertainment.

Posted by: James at March 28, 2005 10:13 PM

I generally find the quizzes not only to be innacurate in their results, but in their questions. Often I want to say, "It depends" or "Be more specific" to the quiz.

My results were:

atheism 96%
Buddhism 67%
agnosticism 58%
Satanism 42%
Paganism 38%
Islam 33%
Christianity 21%
Judaism 17%
Hinduism 0%

The thing is "Satanism" (if you actually read the Satanic Bible and such books) is a religion based on individualism and selfishness. It's largely a rejection of the "rules" of Christianity that hold back the individual. It's like Ayn Rand or Nietzsche bullshit.

so if you answered a lot of the questions about only trusting yourself and being able to do whatever you enjoy with no limitation, you're likely to be considered a "Satanist" (or, rather, that Satanism is a religion which more closely matches your beliefs than whatever is ranked below it). However, if you tend to reject God but put more faith in your fellow man and such, you're likely to rank higher as a Bhuddist like I did. Even though, for the most part, I hate most White Buddhists I meet.

Posted by: David Grenier at March 28, 2005 10:18 PM

Woo!

You scored as Satanism.

Your beliefs most closely resemble those of Satanism! Before you scream, do a bit of research on it. To be a Satanist, you don't actually have to believe in Satan. Satanism generally focuses upon the spiritual advancement of the self, rather than upon submission to a deity or a set of moral codes. Do some research if you immediately think of the satanic cult stereotype. Your beliefs may also resemble those of earth-based religions such as paganism.

Satanism 92%
Islam 75%
atheism 75%
Paganism 67%
agnosticism 67%
Buddhism 50%
Judaism 42%
Hinduism 25%
Christianity 21%

Posted by: Bob McCown at March 28, 2005 10:25 PM

You're right, David.

I think i answered in the middle (neither agree nor disagree) about being able ot do whatever I wanted, and that probably pegged me higher as a satanist. What I meant to convey was that I neither agree nor disagree. I don't think I should be able to do whatever I want within society, but since this was a religious quiz i don't submit to any supernatural limits on my behavior. How do you answer that in this context? Apparently, I answered wrong, because I am not one of Ayn Rand's objectivist nutties any more than I am a satanist.

I'm going to come up with my own quiz which just tells you whether you're an atheist or not.

Posted by: James at March 28, 2005 10:26 PM

Wow, Bob. Way to suck up to the forces of darkness.

Posted by: James at March 28, 2005 11:11 PM

"Atheists strongly believe in the lack of existence of a higher being, or God."

That's not true. Atheists *may* "strongly believe in the lack of existence," but they may not be interested at all.

Posted by: Julie at March 29, 2005 8:23 AM

Here's a shocker:

atheism 100%
Paganism 71%
Satanism 58%
agnosticism 38%
Buddhism 33%
Christianity 21%
Islam 8%
Hinduism 4%
Judaism 0%

Several of my answers were in the middle, that is to say, "it depends." I'm not surprised my second score is paganism--I think a lot of people think those of us who feel a strong connection to nature (and science) are pagans, though I'm not sure why.

I don't believe in god, I believe in science and I feel we should all treat the earth better than we do. Does that make me a pagan? I thought the going term was "secular humanist." Damn. Just when I geot used to a label, it changes!

Posted by: Patti M. at March 29, 2005 8:29 AM

I have always said that to declare one's self an athiest involves actually thinking about god and his or her existence. Therefore, I can not be an athiest as I don't ever think of god. I'm areligious (see below for the exact way I feel about religion).

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=areligious

Main Entry: areligious
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: not practicing a religion; indifferent to or uninfluenced by a religion
Example: The US advocates an areligious education.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 29, 2005 8:56 AM

woo hoo!! I'm a satanist!!
Satanism 79%

Paganism 71%

Judaism 58%

atheism 58%

agnosticism 54%

Buddhism 50%

Islam 42%

Christianity 17%

Hinduism 13%

paganism, however, is fast on my evil, dark-side heels.

And if all else fails I'm equal parts Jewish and Atheist. I can just argue the existence of God with myself. And at a stallmate, both sides will just agree that at least Jesus isn't divine...although he was snappy dresser.

Posted by: ryan at March 29, 2005 9:38 AM

I scored as an agnostic as I expected. I had already read the comments and used the middle as a neither agree nor disagree. Which I think helps the quiz. The N/A on the left is misleading and I think leads to screwey results.

Julie I think your comment on atheism better describes agnostics. Atheist generaly have decided that they definately do not beleive in god. Agnostics generally don't care one way or another.


You scored as agnosticism.



You are an agnostic. Though it is generally taken that agnostics neither believe nor disbelieve in God, it is possible to be a theist or atheist in addition to an agnostic. Agnostics don't believe it is possible to prove the existence of God (nor lack thereof). Agnosticism is a philosophy that God's existence cannot be proven. Some say it is possible to be agnostic and follow a religion; however, one cannot be a devout believer if he or she does not truly believe.

agnosticism

79%
atheism

75%
Satanism

63%
Islam

54%
Judaism

42%
Paganism

42%
Buddhism

29%
Christianity

25%
Hinduism

8%

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at March 29, 2005 9:42 AM

I too thought some of the questions were weird.
Apparently I am a Buddist Christian :P


You scored as Christianity.

Christianity is the second of the Abrahamic faiths; it follows Judaism and is followed by Islam. It differs in its belief of Jesus, as not a prophet nor historical figure, but as God in human form. The Holy Trinity is the concept that God takes three forms: the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Ghost (sometimes called Holy Spirit). Jesus taught the idea of instead of seeking revenge, one should love his or her neighbors and enemies. Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross to save humankind and forgive people's sins.

Buddhism 75%
Christianity 75%
Paganism 42%
Hinduism 38%
agnosticism 33%
Islam 33%
atheism 29%
Judaism 21%
Satanism 4%

Posted by: Jay at March 29, 2005 9:48 AM

My 92% just confirms that I need to start my Evil Plan (dark music).

Posted by: Bob McCown at March 29, 2005 10:15 AM

Apparently I'm a Satanist Christian.

(pause)

Okay just kidding. It said I was 88% atheist, 63% satanist, 63% paganist, yadda yadda yadda...

I have trouble with the "satanists don't believe in Satan" vector. It may be true, but it sounds more like a way to get you in the door and spring the dark truth on you later. Kinda like those "Elron" Hubbard wackos with Xemu and all that.

So I have to reject the close association of satanism with atheism.

Posted by: Chuck S. at March 29, 2005 10:57 AM

I think the poll is weighted toward satanism for shock value. Pthhhhhh.

Posted by: James at March 29, 2005 11:04 AM

Interesting for a few minutes but I can't take a quiz seriously that rates Islam or Satanism higher for me than Atheism.

agnosticism 92%
Buddhism 71%
Paganism 71%
Satanism 63%
Islam 58%
atheism 46%
Judaism 46%
Hinduism 29%
Christianity 17%

Posted by: Mike at March 29, 2005 11:10 AM

Patti, I think the results ARE shocking. 0% Jewish? But you love matzoh ball soup and potato latkes. How can this be? ;-) I suppose I may try it later just to see how satanic I am.

Posted by: briwei at March 29, 2005 1:45 PM

Aside, even, from the whole Satanism thing, a flat quiz like this is silly. At the very least, shouldn't the quiz be bifurcated? Not believing in god precludes most religious belief systems, and ought to really shorten your quiz.

I bet there are better quizzes out there.

Posted by: James at March 29, 2005 1:49 PM

Brian, it's more than shocking, it's farkatk!

Posted by: Patti M. at March 29, 2005 2:03 PM

James, that reminds me of a time I was hanging out in Cambridge reading a book on Cambridge common. These two asian women came up to me and asked me if they could ask me some questions for a class they were taking. Their questionairre began with do you have a religion. I said no. They then proceeded to ask me about a half dozen questions about my religion before they realized the flaw in their survey. If someone answers no to question 1 the survey is done!

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at March 29, 2005 2:26 PM

Just one of the fringe benefits of atheism. Simpler forms.

Posted by: James at March 29, 2005 2:37 PM

Some surprises in my results:

Judaism 83%
Islam 83%
Paganism 54%
Buddhism 54%
Christianity 38%
agnosticism 38%
Hinduism 25%
Satanism 25%
atheism 13%

It's interesting how close Judaism and Islam are given how much they seem to want to kill each other over there. Perhaps someone could reconcile the faiths and create JudaIslam. Then there would be a group they could all unite to hate!

I also find it interesting that I put "Strongly Disagree" with any question about Christ being God and still ended up with Christianity as a 38% match. Isn't that kind of a pre-requisite?

And where are the UUs and Secular Humanists on this quiz. I bet those would have resonated more strongly.

Posted by: briwei at March 29, 2005 2:47 PM

All good questions.

JudaIslam? Not only could it be a religion, but somehow I can see the name up there on a Broadway marquee. JudaIslam -- the musical.

I don't know why, I just do.

Posted by: James at March 29, 2005 3:01 PM

I figured I would come out as agnostic. So all the other stuff is just background noise:

You scored as agnosticism. You are an agnostic. Though it is generally taken that agnostics neither believe nor disbelieve in God, it is possible to be a theist or atheist in addition to an agnostic. Agnostics don't believe it is possible to prove the existence of God (nor lack thereof).

Agnosticism is a philosophy that God's existence cannot be proven. Some say it is possible to be agnostic and follow a religion; however, one cannot be a devout believer if he or she does not truly believe.

agnosticism 71%
atheism 58%
Christianity 58%
Satanism 54%
Buddhism 46%
Islam 42%
Paganism 42%
Hinduism 33%
Judaism 21%

Posted by: Pat at March 29, 2005 3:06 PM

Brian, maybe you can name your next child Juda Islam and see how many "no fly" lists he ends up on.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 29, 2005 3:06 PM

LOL. Sorry. I'm not having any more. The sperm on-ramp has been closed.

Posted by: briwei at March 29, 2005 4:54 PM

I wasn't expecting to get Satanism. And I certainly wasn't expecting to learn something from taking this test. But now that the test thinks I'm one and since it says the religion is not exclusively about satan; I have to find out more...not that I want to participate in any organized religion.

Satanism 58%
Agnosticism 54%
Atheism 46%
Paganism 46%
Judiaism 42%
Buddhism 33%
Christianity 25%
Hinduism 13%
Islam 13%

Posted by: Sharon at March 29, 2005 10:49 PM

That's a healthy attitude to take (anything is an opportunity to learn) but in my experience satanism is interesting, but only as a curiosity.

I don't mean to indult satanists by that. Actually, as a nonreligious person myself, I guess I could say that all religions to me are curiosities in that I am usually interested in them, but not from the standpoint of taking them seriously as a life choice for myself.

One site that tries to be very fair to all systems of belief is the Religious Tolerance website. I find it to be a very useful site for research on belief. They have some resources on Satanism which might interest you.

As I suspected, they report that there is no one clear definition of a satanic religion. In fact, in a number of forms of christianity, pretty much everyone who works in our office would be considered a Satanist. That is in the least meaningful use of the term (no surprise that it is used that way by some conservative Christians who view everyone outside of their sect as a follower of satan.)

In any case, a quick look at that website tells me I wouldn't be interested in Satanism. I don't believe in magical forces, no matter where they come from. And, I'm sorry -- I just can't take those lust ritual seriously. And I think Baphomet is nasty looking. Sure -- quite a few of their beliefs overlap mine. But they are a little over the top with that selfish individualism.

Not for me. I'll stick with my current disorganized nonreligion.

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Posted by: James at March 30, 2005 1:41 AM

Satanism 88%
atheism 75%
Buddhism 71%
agnosticism 67%
Islam 63%
Judaism 58%
Paganism 50%
Christianity 29%
Hinduism 8%

Lousy test. In some cases I answered in the middle, rather than Disagree/NA, because I thought NA was a far cry from Disagree in some cases.

I remember taking another test, years ago (probably on religioustolerance.org) that I thought was much more sensible.

Posted by: Julie at March 30, 2005 9:15 AM

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