Surprise, Surprise

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 5:08 AM

Is this any surprise at all? Eduardo posted his results to a “which theologian are you?” quiz.

You scored as Karl Barth. The daddy of 20th Century theology. You perceive liberal theology to be a disaster and so you insist that the revelation of Christ, not human experience, should be the starting point for all theology.



Karl Barth


John Calvin


Paul Tillich


Martin Luther




Friedrich Schleiermacher


Jonathan Edwards


J?rgen Moltmann


Charles Finney


Which theologian are you?
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Unsurprisingly, I am most likely my friend Karl… Karl Barth, that is. Perhaps a bit more surprising to me is that St. Anselm was tied with Barth for being the most like me — it offered a tie breaker round in which I could choose between “Man's main sin is failing to give to God the obedience that we owe him” or “All Christian theology must begin with the revelation of Christ.” Given that I selected the later, I was affirmed as a true Barthian according to Quizfarm.

Beyond Anselm and Barth, I find it unsurprising that John Calvin is third on the list, given some of my clearly Calvinist/Reformed answers. It is more surprising that Tillich comes up next, although I did not completely deny the Tillichian questions; Luther and Augustine also make sense as being over fifty percent like me. I'm a bit surprised I wasn't more like Jonathan Edwards, although I did not make the hell and brimstone questions top priority among my answers, despite my agreement with them.

Which theologian are you? Post your results in the comments section.

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Interesting... I received the same top two tied results and responded the same to the tiebreaker, but my percentages were off. I guess that's because I clicked more toward the middle than the extreme. Karl Barth 60% Anselm 60% John Calvin 53% Jurgen Moltmann 53% Jonathan Edwards 47% Charles Finney 40% Paul Tillich 33% Augustine 33% Friedrich Schleiermacher 33% Martin Luther 27%
Posted by kevin - Jun 09, 2006 | 6:12 AM

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I've only heard of some of them so it was good to see St Augustine my topic result. Doctor of the church. :smile:
Posted by Mark - Jun 09, 2006 | 1:29 PM

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I remember doing one like this... let me see... What's your theological worldview? Reformed Evangelical 86% Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 82% Neo orthodox 61% Fundamentalist 61% Emergent/Postmodern 54% Charismatic/Pentecostal 43% Classical Liberal 36% Roman Catholic 32% Modern Liberal 21% I guess that is not the same one. I will have to do this one.:smile: I'll be back.
Posted by Christopher - Jun 09, 2006 | 7:11 PM

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I scored as Anselm. I am not sure what that is first secend some of the questions I did not understand and third some of the questions were worded poorly.
Posted by Michael Morgan - Jun 09, 2006 | 8:28 PM

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Kevin: Glad to see your in the Barth-Anselm Dialectic camp. ;) I varied my responses -- sometimes I went in the middle, some I went to the extremes, based on how important I thought it was along with how much I agreed with it. Mark: Ah, good old Augustine. Too bad they didn't have Aquinas too. Personally, he's my favorite Doctor of the Church. Christopher: It is very similar. In that one, it even told me I was like Barth in the text describing Neo-orthdoxy. Michael: St. Anselm was the archbishop of Canterbury in the eleventh century. He's frequently cited along side Augustine and Aquinas; I'd say he was probably the third most influential "Unified Western Church" theologian, behind those two.
Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jun 10, 2006 | 3:12 PM

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I like that "what's your theological worldview" quiz, too. I get different numbers each time I take it, yet consistently end up in a 3-way tie for top between wesleyan, emergent, and neo-orthodox.
Posted by kevin - Jun 13, 2006 | 6:25 AM

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I came out with Calvin on top and a tie for second place between Luther and Edwards. I'm not surprised by these results.
Posted by Jason Franklin - Jun 17, 2006 | 6:23 AM

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Jason: Go Calvin! :D
Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jun 19, 2006 | 4:27 AM

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