Pick a religion

Karmen and Razib have both taken the Belief-O-Matic quiz. So here's what I got:

1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)

2. Theravada Buddhism (93%)

3. Secular Humanism (90%)

4. Liberal Quakers (90%)

Relatively accurate if you ask me. If I was a believer, I'd probably be a UUist. I'm ethically Buddhist (or at least I try to be) and that squares with Theravadism rather than Mahayana Buddhism.

The quiz is a little flawed in that it mixes atheism, agnosticism, and "don't care"-ism together and really thus only distinguishes between pre-determined religious positions. Still, it was interesting to see which group had the lowest match with me:

27. Roman Catholic (13%)

Heh! Considering I was raised Catholic, this made me laugh.

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1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Liberal Quakers (93%)
3. Secular Humanism (93%)
4. Neo-Pagan (85%)
5. Theravada Buddhism (84%)

And yes, my low match at #27 and 11% was the Catholic Church.

The Theravada Buddhism threw me though.

Secular Humanism 100%
Unitarian Universalism 99%
Liberal Quakers 88%

And, yeah, since I have one of those oh apostrophe names, pretty funny that #27 was Roman Catholic

If I was a believer, I'd probably be a UUist.

Hey, UUs even accept atheists!

By Eric Wallace (not verified) on 11 Dec 2006 #permalink

Yeah, but I dont even believe in atheism :)

By John Lynch (not verified) on 11 Dec 2006 #permalink

1. Secular Humanism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (99%)
3. Liberal Quakers (96%)
4. Theravada Buddhism (88%)

Uh ... what? The quiz didn't ask any questions about reincarnation or karma, so what's with the Theravada Buddhism? And I said male and female roles should not be prescribed, so is it just the pacifism that allies me with the Quakers?

Philosophically I like Taoism because it has a foundation in observing natural phenomena, but that got only a 65% agreement rating even though I said "death has no meaning" and "there is no god".

Their weighting of answers is a little flawed, I'd say. Right after the Buddhism was "Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants" which, since my mother was Catholic and my father was a research chemist, doesn't add up at all.

I can forgive you for being more UU (yuck!) than Catholic, Dr. Lynch, but not if you are not for a united Ireland.

By Robert O'Brien (not verified) on 14 Dec 2006 #permalink

I am Hindu but surprisingly the quiz scores me as 100% UU and only 58% Hindu! To quote Dr. Arvind Sharma, http://tinyurl.com/yfwj6f

"In the case of most religions, beliefs and practices come first, and those who subscribe to them are acknowledged as followers. In the case of the Hindu tradition, however, the acknowledgment of Hindus came first, and their beliefs and practices constitute the contents of the religion."

Where Buddhism talks of desire the earlier Hinu thinkers talk of attachment (particularly the yoga school). The UU itself is a very interesting order. You can be a UU Presbyterian or a UU Jew or a UU Hindu even (as my UU friends tell me) where do we start?