Hearty Heresy


Make That Emergent/Postmodern/Liberal Quaker/Unitarian Universalist
August 1, 2007, 11:26 am
Filed under: Buddhism, Christianity, Faith, God, Judaism, Religion, Spirituality, Theology

At the risk of over-posting, I wanted to report the results of the Belief-O-Matic quiz I took again at the suggestion of Jon. I took this once many years ago and pretty much scored the same. If you’ve never taken it, give it a try.

Your Results: The top score on the list below represents the faith that Belief-O-Matic, in its less than infinite wisdom, thinks most closely matches your beliefs. However, even a score of 100% does not mean that your views are all shared by this faith, or vice versa.

1. Liberal Quakers (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
3. Secular Humanism (90%)
4. Neo-Pagan (83%)
5. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (83%)
6. New Age (79%)
7. Theravada Buddhism (77%)
8. Mahayana Buddhism (71%)
9. Taoism (69%)
10. Reform Judaism (65%)
11. New Thought (60%)
12. Nontheist (60%)
13. Scientology (58%)
14. Orthodox Quaker (57%)
15. Jainism (55%)
16. Bahá’í Faith (52%)
17. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (45%)
18. Sikhism (41%)
19. Hinduism (40%)
20. Islam (27%)
21. Orthodox Judaism (27%)
22. Seventh Day Adventist (27%)
23. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (23%)
24. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (22%)
25. Eastern Orthodox (20%)
26. Roman Catholic (20%)
27. Jehovah’s Witness (11%)

Liberal Quaker. Doesn’t sound quite a cool as emergent/postmodern, does it? Jon pointed out that this quiz (as opposed to the Theological Worldview quiz) goes beyond Christianity. It is nice to see how one’s beliefs stack up to other traditions.

Oh, and I added a few clips from Jesus Camp to my VodPod (below left) if you want to check it out….



Heretic of the Month
July 9, 2007, 1:46 am
Filed under: Faith, Heresy, Judaism, Religion

No, it’s not a new feature of this blog. It’s “a new series” in the magazine American Jewish Life “detailing those famous Jews who broke with the faith.” You’ve probably noticed that my view of heresy tends to be from a Christian perspective. In fact, I’ve heard it said that heresy really is a Christian concept, and that other faiths are much more tolerant of heterodox views. The “Heretic of the Month” series in AJL has a different take on herersy. Jay Michaelson (who writes the series) says that “Jews…have a uniquely love/hate relationship with their heretical brothers and sisters.” And even though theirs “is not a top-down theological tradition, with an omniscient earthly leader telling us what scripture says,” it seems that there are some Jews who still merit the tag “heretic.”

Michaelson started the series with the January/February 2007 issue of AJL, and he chose for his inaugural heretic Shabbetai Tzvi (below), who’s little known today (even among Jews), but may well be the biggest Jewish heretic of all time. He claimed to be the Messiah, retained a number of adherents even after he converted to Islam, and seems to still have followers to this day. Not bad for “an idiosyncratic, possibly bipolar mystic.” I’ll say a word or two about the other heretics Michaelson’s covered so far in upcoming posts. And I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on the series in the future. Maybe a “Heretic of the Month” for this blog isn’t so bad of an idea after all….

Shabbetai Tzvi