Thursday, June 21, 2007

Which theologian are you?

I too did this fascinating assessment: I rated out as Anselm (I was just thankful that I was not Karl Barth; I was pulling for either Calvin or Edwards, but am satisfied with Anselm. I'm a little troubled, thought, by my high Finney quotient...):

You scored as a Anselm
Anselm is the outstanding theologian of the medieval period.He sees man's primary problem as having failed to render unto God what we owe him, so God becomes man in Christ and gives God what he is due. You should read 'Cur Deus Homo?'

Anselm 100%
Karl Barth 80%
Jonathan Edwards 80%
Martin Luther 73%
John Calvin 67%
Charles Finney 60%
Augustine 47%
Friedrich Schleiermacher 40%
J├╝rgen Moltmann 20%

Paul Tillich 20%

1 comment:

Timothy R. Butler said...

That is interesting, Dr. Lucas. I've taken that test a number of times, and find it interesting to see where things shift over time. It seems accurate enough, at least, because it seems that Barth and Anselm usually rise and fall together, as do they with Calvin and Luther to a lesser extent. Of course, I wonder how accurate it is, since one can "game" the system by recognizing who said what. I could appear to be a perfect Tillichian, I suspect, fairly easily. I also wonder if one takes it repeatedly, if it changes even if one is not changing theologically.

For instance, if you took it again in six months, would you get the same result? And if you did not, does that reflect a genuine viewpoint change, a different mood (perhaps less firm answers, since one can choose varying degrees of agreement), etc. I know in my own case, even prior to coming to Covenant, but even more so over the last few months at Covenant, I've been in the process of de/re-constructing my theology, so it doesn't surprise me that my results vary, I'm just wondering how much of it is actual change versus changing interactions with the polling.

I came out with:

Karl Barth 100%
Anselm 80%
John Calvin 73%
Martin Luther 67%
Jonathan Edwards 60%

Though those theologians typically score high with me, there is enough flux that it is almost like watching the stock market. I just graphed it out over on my web site (, something that appealed to my inner statistician, I guess.