Ummm, well, this quiz won’t actually necessarily tell you, but you might find it interesting.

Actually, tests/quizzes like this drive me a wee bit nuts (taking a graduate course in test construction only made it worse). There are problems such as two or more propositions being questioned (which one do I respond to) and terms that are not defined (Webster’s definition of sovereignty, Calvinist definition of sovereignty, Arminian definition of sovereignty, or the issue of defining sovereignty?) And then there’s:

“The Bible is not a central aspect of systematic theology.” [Agree, disagree, etc.]

Huh? I’m not sure how any Christian could say the Bible is not central to anything, so is my kneejerk “completely disagree” based on an incorrect interpretation of the sentence? Is is really asking what I think about systematic theology, as in the Bible is not a central aspect of systematic theology, it is instead a central aspect of X. Is it questioning “central” — as in, no, it’s not a “central aspect,” it’s “the only aspect”? Oh, or maybe, it’s trying to say systematic theology is bad because its central aspect is man’s logic rather than the God’s Word? Maybe I overanalyze, but it’s my nature, I can’t help it. I don’t remember what I put on that one.

Oh, my gosh, and don’t get me started on polls that ask questions like “Do you approve of the job the President is doing?” Give me a break, this question can only be answered by blinded Democrats (no way! — assuming a Republican president), blinded Republicans (absolutely! — assuming same), and people who don’t think for themselves and blindly follow trends in the nightly news (lots of negative press or lots of positive press). Otherwise, isn’t it more like: on issue A I’d give him an 8 out of 10, on issue B a 2, on issue C a 5, and I don’t think he’s ever heard of issue D so can I give him a -2? I mean, true, your numbers are may be mostly high or mostly low, but come on, a blanket yes or no? I can’t imagine. Oh, darn, I got myself started.

Anyway, here’s my results (for full disclosure I’ll have to confess I’ve never heard of a few of these guys — I hope Anselm wasn’t an open theist or something) 😉 .

Karl Barth




Martin Luther


John Calvin


Jonathan Edwards




Charles Finney


Jürgen Moltmann


Friedrich Schleiermacher


Paul Tillich