Just Call me a Barthist

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 5:10 PM

According to this unusually thoughtful, well-done theology survey, I am placed in the same school of thought as Karl Barth. Who would have thunk? Yeah, I thought so, and you probably did too. Notice it is virtually a dead heat between Neo-Orthodoxy (Lewis, Barth) and Reformed Evangelicalism (Calvin, Edwards), which of course fits with being Barthian. I'm not sure how Wesleyanism came in third when I gave good, solid Calvinist answers to a number of questions, but I don't really mind that. Notice that Fundamentalism scores much lower, as do the various forms of liberalism.

It is interesting to find myself being labeled neo-orthodox in a poll today, since I was just talking about my affinity with the neo-orthodox thinkers in my application for SCF, which I almost finished last night.

Not surprisingly, Catholicism is also low on my profile, which I point out as probably correct, since I answered in the negative on the authority of the pope, the authority of the ecumenical councils, the centrality of Mary and the key of communion to worship (but, let my Catholic friends rest assured, I'm fairly certain that it was only those four questions that determined my Catholicity and therefore one should not read so much into the fact that my liberal and Catholic scores came out the same). Had it been listed, I might have come out with a fairly good Eastern Orthodox score, given that my answers pointed to Christocentrism and I did not answer completely iconoclastically.

You scored as Neo orthodox. You are neo-orthodox. You reject the human-centredness and scepticism of liberal theology, but neither do you go to the other extreme and make the Bible the central issue for faith. You believe that Christ is God's most important revelation to humanity, and the Trinity is hugely important in your theology. The Bible is also important because it points us to the revelation of Christ. You are influenced by Karl Barth and P T Forsyth.

Neo orthodox


Reformed Evangelical


Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan






Classical Liberal


Roman Catholic




Modern Liberal


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5 comments posted so far.

Re: Just Call me a Barthist

I’m Wesleyan, postmodern, and neo-orthodox according to that thing. Don’t know how accurate it is, though. Some of the questions I didn’t understand so I just marked the middle option. Others posed two items as opposites that (like a good Barthian) I tend to hold in common.

Posted by kevin - Jun 15, 2005 | 6:29 PM- Location: Milwaukie, OR

Re: Just Call me a.......

No surprises:

You are Roman Catholic. Church tradition and ecclesial authority are hugely important, and the most important part of worship for you is mass. As the Mother of God, Mary is important in your theology, and as the communion of saints includes the living and the dead, you can also ask the saints to intercede for you.

Posted by Mark - Jun 15, 2005 | 7:10 PM- Location: MA

Re: Just Call me a Barthist

Our top three are the same, just in a different order. :razz:

Posted by Christopher - Jun 15, 2005 | 7:37 PM- Location: MO

Re: Just Call me a Barthist

Kevin: Ah, good point.

Mark: What were your top three or four besides Catholic? :)

Christopher: Yup. Maybe I’m just a ficticious blogger you created. :shock:

Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jun 15, 2005 | 9:28 PM- Location: MO

Re: Just Call me a Barthist

Sorry I don’t remember, I’d have to take the test over again to find out. ;-)

Posted by Mark - Jun 16, 2005 | 11:45 AM- Location: MA

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