reply to post by Saurus
Unitarian Universalism is simply a 'religion' for people who don't like religion. Atheists are welcome.
Highlights of my quiz result
Unitarian Universalism is a religious community characterized by support for a "free and responsible search for truth and meaning". Unitarian
Universalists do not share a creed; rather, they are unified by their shared search for spiritual growth and by the belief that an individual's
theology is a result of that search and not obedience to an authoritative requirement... Universalists do not necessarily subscribe to the historic
beliefs of Unitarianism and Universalism, espousing a rather hands-off approach to religion, whereby the followers can be atheist, theist, or any
point in between. Wikipedia
1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Theravada Buddhism (91%)
3. Secular Humanism (81%)
This makes sense in that I am a fundamentally an atheist and a scientific materialist who was raised a Christian in a mostly Theravada Buddhist
society. If I were to adopt one of these descriptions, though, it would be the third: secular humanist.
8. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (53%)
This was my upbringing, and I am not surprised to see a fifty percent fit with it.
9. New Age (49%)
This upsets me. I despise belief systems that have neither antiquity nor intellectual heft to make them respectable. Forty-nine percent alignment is
much too close!
12. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (37%)
Well, I wouldn't be averse to having a few extra wives, but that's about all the similarity I see between Mormon belief and my own. Low as the
alignment is, it still seems high to me.
27. Taoism (19%)
That was the lowest result, which is a bit odd considering that I actually accept the philosophical ideas of Taoism, if not the religious side of
Taking the quiz as an American Christian
Just for fun (and also as a kind of check on its accuracy), I re-took the quiz, this time offering answers that I imagine a born-again, upstanding,
Godfearing, guntoting American Republican Christian would give. This is what I got:
1. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (100%)
2. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (91%)
3. Jehovah's Witness (85%)
4. Seventh Day Adventist (83%)
with Eastern Orthodox (the most hidebound of the traditional Christian denominations) and Roman Catholicism at fifth and sixth place respectively.
The 'top picks' of my earlier quiz result came in as follows:
19. Theravada Buddhism (28%)
20. Unitarian Universalism (23%)
26. Secular Humanism (8%)
Which is pretty much what I'd expect. However,
27. Taoism (7%)
came last again!
What fun. I wouldn't take it too seriously, though. It's a bit oversimplified, and plays too much to American religious stereotypes and
controversies. In particular, Islam is terribly ill-represented, with no distinction made between the Sunni and Shia congregations, which is absurd,
like lumping Catholics and Protestants together as 'Christians'. And there is not a word about Sufism, which is a slander on the most enlightened
and liberal face of Islam. Indeed, the whole mystical tradition, of which Sufism is a part and which exists in all faiths, is completely ignored.