12.18.2006

Are you a heretic?

I can't sleep so I'm reading other blogs and taking online quizzes. And in the midst of my lack of slumber, I found out something I already knew. I'm a heretic. And proud, baby.

You scored as Socinianism. You are a Socinian. You deny the doctrine of the Trinity because you think God exists in a simplified unity. Since this makes the Incarnation impossible, you see Christ's work as simply exemplary.

Socinianism

67%

Monarchianism

50%

Arianism

42%

Modalism

42%

Adoptionist

42%

Pelagianism

33%

Chalcedon compliant

33%

Nestorianism

33%

Monophysitism

25%

Apollanarian

17%

Gnosticism

17%

Albigensianism

0%

Docetism

0%

Donatism

0%

Are you a heretic?
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My seminary had a basketball team called the Heretics. I should have played basketball with them -- if only I could play. But, I can play in church even if I am a heretic (don't tell my congregation). This quiz doesn't leave room for reclaiming our ancient traditions. I had a weird conversation with one of the priests at one of our local hospitals on Thursday. He jumped into this theological reflection that was too traditional for me. It's not where I am. It's not that I don't believe in these things, it's that I claim them in a different way. This is true for the Trinity for me. But, there's no room for that in this quiz. Interesting though, right?

2 comments:

Songbird said...

All through it, I was answering based on "Well, I believe that in a way." It's just not expansive enough. Which is sort of the point, I guess.

steve said...

I am apparently a Pelagian, what with my discomfort with the notion of original sin and all. I'm intrigued at how differences in doctrinal belief once got you excommunicated from the church, whereas now there is a bit more openness (among most mainline religious denominations).

Actually, that reminds me of a This American Life episode on modern heretics. Did you catch it a few weeks ago? There was a really interesting story about a conservative evangelical pastor who was excommunicated after deciding that he no longer believed in hell.