Sunday 02 June 2002

Buddhism 100, Catholicism 29

Inspired by Loren Webster, I took the the Belief-O-Matic test:

  1. Mahayana Buddhism (100%)
  2. Unitarian Universalism (96%)
  3. Liberal Quakers (91%)
  4. Bahá’í Faith (91%)
  5. Theravada Buddhism (88%)
  6. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (88%)
  7. Hinduism (87%)
  8. Taoism (80%)
  9. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (79%)
  10. Jainism (76%)
  11. Neo-Pagan (71%)
  12. New Thought (71%)
  13. Sikhism (68%)
  14. Orthodox Quaker (68%)
  15. New Age (61%)
  16. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (61%)
  17. Scientology (59%)
  18. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (56%)
  19. Reform Judaism (52%)
  20. Secular Humanism (52%)
  21. Orthodox Judaism (50%)
  22. Nontheist (44%)
  23. Islam (42%)
  24. Jehovah’s Witness (40%)
  25. Seventh Day Adventist (40%)
  26. Eastern Orthodox (29%)
  27. Roman Catholic (29%)

Loren was upset with his Neo-Pagan (100%) and New Age (99%) scores because he considers himself “almost anything BUT New Age.” I am, on the other hand, delighted. Not just with my 100% score for Mahayana Buddhism but because Roman Catholicism, the religion into which I was baptized, came in at the bottom of the list. I can only attribute my 79% score for Christian Science to a love of the work of Joseph Cornell.

My Myers-Briggs type is INFJ (Loren’s is INTP whereas Jeff is an ENFP).



I've consistently been tested as an ENFP or ENFJ in the test. I've taken it about 4 times in the past 4 years just to see how consistent it is. Havn't done it this year yet so I'm due.

Posted by: Karl on 2 June 2002 at 05:10 AM

This is starting to get really scary. I, too, am a INFJ, former professional photographer, web designer/developer, buddhist/unitarian universalist, Japanophile, 40-something.

Are you quite sure that you're not me? Perhaps we were separated at birth.

Posted by: Pascale Soleil on 3 June 2002 at 06:08 AM

Whoa, Pascale. This is scary. My very own Doppelganger.

Posted by: Jonathon Delacour on 3 June 2002 at 06:09 AM

Yeah, I skipped the part about Joseph Cornell 'cause it just freaked me out too badly....

It may console you somewhat to know that these days I attend an Episcopalian church rather than a zendo.

If you weren't in Australia you'd probably be the person showing up on my home page under "People Just Like You enjoyed..."

Posted by: Pascale Soleil on 3 June 2002 at 11:36 AM

Hmmm...interesting. I was meandering down the Blog line and stopped here when I noticed you also use Moveable Type (I love it). I decide to take the test - I just like tests - and found out we share a few spiritual inclinations as well! We have the same six first scores, but not in the same order: Unitarian Universalism, Theravada Buddhism, Liberal Quakers, Mainline To Liberal Christian Protestants, Mahayana Buddhism and Baha'i Faith...That was fun - I think I'll put it on my site. You can also try the Political's not as precise but it's fun nonetheless. I came out as a Libertarian Leftist (which I guess is consistent with Theravada a way...or maybe not. Who knows.)

Posted by: elie on 7 June 2002 at 02:05 PM

Oh, and incidentally, Roman Catholic also came last for me, at 17%, which is kind of funny when you consider that I come from a society (Quebec) that up until the late 60s was heavily Roman Catholic. Well, my mom did set me up right by having me out of wedlock and not baptizing me...that took some courage back then!

Posted by: elie on 7 June 2002 at 02:19 PM

Elie, I am jealous of that low score for Roman Catholicism! I took the Political Compass test and came out, like you, a Libertarian Lefist.

Posted by: Jonathon Delacour on 9 June 2002 at 01:14 PM

I've actually taken the test three times so far, and I don't always get the same results, except for first place and last place (which are invariable UU and RC, respectively). I don't know what I did differently on the last pass, but I got 15%...I've got to keep this a secret from my grandma - she's the sweetest soul alive, but I'm not sure how she would react to the news that not only do I not share her faith, but that it comes dead last in the list!The one thing that bothers me though is that Scientology is always at about 40-50%. That seems a bit high to me, considering I've made them my own personal nemesis (they're not aware of this, though: I don't want to get harassed - or worse, sued!)

Posted by: elie on 10 June 2002 at 06:31 AM

This discussion is now closed. My thanks to everyone who contributed.

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