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L. G. (L)
Subject: Interesting online religion selector
Date Posted: 9/11/2007 2:22 AM ET
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http://www.selectsmart.com/RELIGION/

It gives some interesting results. :)  It pegged me as Neo-Pahag with Hindu, Buddhist and UU leanings...

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 5:14 AM ET
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Heh, I got pegged as 100% Theravada Buddhism and 95% Mahayana Buddhism.  That works out well.  :-)  Guess I'm on the right track.  LOL

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 9:56 AM ET
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Interesting, but not very accurate.  They're trying to be too general.  They list everything that could possibly exist within a particular category, but fail to take into account that many denominations have several seperate synods--each of which have some pretty significant differences from each other.  For instance, with Lutherans alone, one synod believes that much of the info. in the Bible is symbolic, and another believes it's exactly as written--that's a pretty big difference.  But I suppose it would just be too difficult to make it more specific/accurate.

 

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Date Posted: 9/11/2007 12:41 PM ET
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It pegged me as a Neopagan 100% Hindu 99% New Age 93% Mahayana Buddhism 90%

Pretty darn accurate for me.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 9/11/2007 9:26 PM ET
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Lynn, I agree that some questions really don't adress the issues well.  I hate that they add "not important" along with "other" which are two vastly different answers!  I see it more as something "fun" to do than as a real tool for discovering a path. :)

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Date Posted: 9/12/2007 12:31 AM ET
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That's why you rate whether that question is low, medium, or high priority in your personal belief system.

They don't really do much in the way of defining the different denominations of Christianity--but that would be a HUGE quiz, wouldn't it?

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 7:03 AM ET
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Bahai (100%)

I have no idea what that is??

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 11:10 AM ET
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Jessica, if you re-do the test, then on the page with your results there is a "click here for info" after each religion which gives you information.

No, the differences among the myriad Protestant denominations are not taken into account, but then neither are the many different types of Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, etc.  They are painting with a pretty broad brush here.  Actually, I think it is great that they are distinguishing between several different "flavors" of Christianity here (Catholic, Quaker, "mainline" Protestant, Seventh Day Adventists, etc.), even though they don't have all 20,000 or so U.S. denominations in there.

I took the quiz with tongue in cheek and just for fun, but it turned out to be more interesting than I had expected.  I was rated as 100% Eastern Orthodox / Roman Catholic ... and down at the bottom I got 10% Secular Humanism and 10% New Age.  It was interesting to see the progression of the percentages;  apparently I am slightly more Jewish (64%) than I am Hindu (60%), and slightly more Hindu than I am Muslim (57%), and much more Muslim than I am Scientologist (16%).

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 7:37 PM ET
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Pretty accurate for me! I'm definitely Neopagan, but sometimes I go to a UU church.

neopagan 100%, UU 82%, New Age 81%, Mahayana Buddism 81%



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Date Posted: 9/17/2007 12:48 PM ET
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Interesting!  Here are my top ten results:

1.  Orthodox Quaker (100%)
2.  Mainline - Liberal Christian Protestants (87%)
3.  Mainline - Conservative Christian Protestant (83%)
4.  Eastern Orthodox (76%)
5.  Roman Catholic (76%)
6.  Seventh Day Adventist (76%)
7.  Liberal Quakers (67%)
8.  Unitarian Universalism (58%)
9.  Reform Judaism (45%)
10.  Islam (39%)

Of all these, I think Eastern Orthodox intrigues me the most.  I would love to attend a service sometime, to get a feel for what it's like.



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Date Posted: 9/18/2007 12:51 PM ET
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My top 5 were: Orthodox Quaker, Mainline - Liberal Christian Protestants,  Mainline - Conservative Christian Protestant, Seventh Day Adventist, Eastern Orthodox

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 9/21/2007 12:59 PM ET
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Jessica, the Bahai faith is an interesting faith.  It's Christian-based, and very similar to Unitarian-Universalism, but differs in many ways.  They are very peace-loving much like the Quakers.

Here's a link on their beliefs and practices.  You can find Bahai temples in most largr cities. :)

http://www.bahai.org/dir/beliefs



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Date Posted: 10/1/2007 12:58 PM ET
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Knowing what you believe is important.  I am a 100% believer of the Lord Jesus Christ.  I also know without a doubt that through this life and the life hereafter I will spend worshipping Jesus in Heaven.  He is the only way to God the Father and if you follow any other path or journey or idol or anything else your destination is not heaven.  Know in what you believe and why you believe and are you ready to live and die for that belief?

Date Posted: 10/1/2007 9:28 PM ET
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My results are as followed since agnostosism isnt in there I suppose this is as accurate as it can be for me. Though I dont really know much about UU.

1.  Unitarian Universalism (100%) See selected books about Unitarian Universalism.   Click here for info 2.  Secular Humanism (95%) See selected books about Secular Humanism.   Click here for info 3.  Liberal Quakers (92%) See selected books about Liberal Quakers.   Click here for info 4.  Neo-Pagan (91%) See selected books about Neo-Pagan.   Click here for info 5.  New Age (80%) See selected books about New Age.   Click here for info 6.  Mainline - Liberal Christian Protestants (78%) See selected books about Mainline - Liberal Christian Protestants.   Click here for info 7.  Theravada Buddhism (67%) See selected books about Theravada Buddhism.   Click here for info 8.  Non-theist (64%) See selected books about Non-theist.   Click here for info 9.  Mahayana Buddhism (62%) See selected books about Mahayana Buddhism.   Click here for info 10.  Taoism (61%) See selected books about Taoism.   Click here for info 11.  Reform Judaism (56%) See selected books about Reform Judaism.   Click here for info 12.  New Thought (49%) See selected books about New Thought.   Click here for info 13.  Orthodox Quaker (49%) See selected books about Orthodox Quaker.   Click here for info 14.  Bahai (42%) See selected books about Bahai.   Click here for info 15.  Scientology (41%) See selected books about Scientology.   Click here for info 16.  Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (38%) See selected books about Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist).   Click here for info 17.  Sikhism (35%) See selected books about Sikhism.   Click here for info 18.  Jainism (33%) See selected books about Jainism.   Click here for info 19.  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (28%) See selected books about Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons).   Click here for info 20.  Hinduism (28%) See selected books about Hinduism.   Click here for info 21.  Orthodox Judaism (25%) See selected books about Orthodox Judaism.   Click here for info 22.  Seventh Day Adventist (22%) See selected books about Seventh Day Adventist.   Click here for info 23.  Mainline - Conservative Christian Protestant (21%) See selected books about Mainline - Conservative Christian Protestant.   Click here for info 24.  Eastern Orthodox (18%) See selected books about Eastern Orthodox.   Click here for info 25.  Islam (18%) See selected books about Islam.   Click here for info 26.  Roman Catholic (18%) See selected books about Roman Catholic.   Click here for info 27.  Jehovah's Witness (14%) See selected books about Jehovah's Witness.   Click here for info



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L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 10/2/2007 6:19 AM ET
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Chris, you'd dig UU, since you like to discuss different ideas. :)

Date Posted: 10/2/2007 7:42 AM ET
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I looked into it a bit and I do think I might dig it. Im not sure there are any congregations here though.

Date Posted: 10/7/2007 7:48 PM ET
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Results:

1.  Orthodox Quaker (100%) See selected books about Orthodox Quaker.   Click here for info 2.  Mainline - Conservative Christian Protestant (94%) See selected books about Mainline - Conservative Christian Protestant.   Click here for info 3.  Mainline - Liberal Christian Protestants (92%) See selected books about Mainline - Liberal Christian Protestants.   Click here for info 4.  Eastern Orthodox (83%) See selected books about Eastern Orthodox.   Click here for info 5.  Roman Catholic (83%) See selected books about Roman Catholic.   Click here for info 6.  Islam (82%) See selected books about Islam.   Click here for info 7.  Orthodox Judaism (82%) See selected books about Orthodox Judaism.   Click here for info                                                                                



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