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September 25, 2004


I took the poll and came out as a Reform Jew as well. I should send the results to my mom. It might ease the pain when I tell her I went shopping for new living room furniture today instead of going to services. To my credit, I did feel legitimately guilty. More stuff to apologize for next year, I guess.

I committed some theological heresy or another. I'm a member of a conversative Lutheran synod, and these are my results:

1. Seventh Day Adventist (100%)
2. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (97%)
3. Orthodox Quaker (91%)
4. Eastern Orthodox (87%)
5. Roman Catholic (87%)
6. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (76%)
7. Orthodox Judaism (72%)
8. Islam (70%)
9. Bahá'í Faith (58%)
10. Liberal Quakers (54%)
11. Reform Judaism (50%)
12. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (50%)
13. Hinduism (50%)
14. Sikhism (46%)
15. Jehovah's Witness (41%)
16. Jainism (41%)
17. Unitarian Universalism (39%)
18. Theravada Buddhism (32%)
19. Mahayana Buddhism (30%)
20. Nontheist (29%)
21. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (26%)
22. Taoism (24%)
23. Scientology (20%)
24. New Thought (20%)
25. Neo-Pagan (18%)
26. New Age (17%)
27. Secular Humanism (15%)

In a couple of cases I didn't like any of the answers, so I chose one of several close ones. Apparently in those cases I chose more Adventist than evangelical Christian.

My Reform Judaism score was 50%. Hmmm, isn't that Shawn Green's score? :)

I did this test quite a long time ago and also came out Reform. Jewish I am, but specific level of practice I'm not. Still fairly accurate in many ways.

I came out Unitarian Universalism (100%) and Liberal Quaker (97%). Pretty whacky all around. It was interesting though, because when taking the test I answered as I really feel, rather than as my conservative Christian upbringing makes me think (rather guiltily) that I should feel.

My dad is Mormon, my mom is now Methodist, my daughter is Catholic, my grandparents are Babtist on one side and Quaker on the other and my best friend is an aetheist. Identity crisis!

Oops! The above comment was ME!!

Well, if I had any doubt that I make a lousy Jew, Belief-O-Matic certainly drove home the point. The first mention of Judaism comes in at No. 10, for Reform Judaism.

Actually, I'm not at all surprised the first two entries are Unitarian Universalism and Secular Humanism, but I'm going to have to look more into Liberal Quakers. I have no idea what they're all about.

Pagan is way off the mark, but I can see how my survey answers would come up with that answer.

Here's the list:
1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Secular Humanism (99%)
3. Liberal Quakers (93%)
4. Neo-Pagan (92%)
5. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (87%)
6. New Age (81%)
7. Theravada Buddhism (72%)
8. Taoism (71%)
9. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (62%)
10. Reform Judaism (61%)
11. Bahá'í Faith (60%)
12. Mahayana Buddhism (60%)
13. Scientology (60%)
14. New Thought (59%)
15. Nontheist (58%)
16. Orthodox Quaker (49%)
17. Sikhism (49%)
18. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (43%)
19. Jainism (37%)
20. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (30%)
21. Hinduism (29%)
22. Eastern Orthodox (20%)
23. Islam (20%)
24. Orthodox Judaism (20%)
25. Roman Catholic (20%)
26. Jehovah's Witness (19%)
27. Seventh Day Adventist (18%)

I think it's time I start my own religion. How does whackyism sound?

Gooch: Way to go, dude. Did you at least get a leather recliner? Guilt is much easier to endure with your feet up.

OE: Yes, but it's still better than his batting average. Bah-da-bump!

sophyQ: Shalom and welcome! We're not terribly observant here either, in case you hadn't noticed. We serve our tea chilled on this side of the pond, by the way; have some and stay a while.

Faith: You need a few Hindus and Sikhs to round out the list. Imagine your family's surprise and gratitude finding a handsome new turban or a lovely sari under their Christmas tree!

I actually predicted my honey would come up Unitarian or secular humanist. Considering how many Jews apparently fill the pews at Unitarian churches, and that secular humanism was founded by Jews, I think it's an eerily accurate fit for him.

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