Je suis Calvin?

February 11, 2007

Just did the Which Theologian are you? quiz, which reckons I’m Jean Calvin.

(Yes, I’m a bit late coming to the quiz. I can only plead a lack of hipness)

Since Calvin would undoubtedly have been happy to see me suffer a nasty death if I happened to drop by his church one Sunday, I’m a little doubtful. (Of course, the other Reformation figures weren’t any better)

I’m interested in why, though. Possibly its because liberal christianity as a culture comes through the Reformed family (UU from the Puritans, Liberals from the Presbyterians and Calvinistic Baptists and Congregationalists etc).

More likely it’s because I am inclined not to place a lot of emphasis on Free Will (TM), both on observational lines (swig half a bottle of Laphroaig and then tell me clearly and distinctly that you have the free choice to slur your words or not. Then apologise for blaspheming against the world’s best whisky) and on theological lines (it comes with the Universalist territory).

(Did a search: Peacebang is Paul Tillich, Boy in the Bands is also Calvin)

My result:

You scored as John Calvin. Much of what is now called Calvinism had more to do with his followers than Calvin himself, and so you may or may not be committed to TULIP, though God’s sovereignty is all important.

John Calvin

87%

Paul Tillich

73%

Jürgen Moltmann

60%

Karl Barth

53%

Martin Luther

47%

Augustine

47%

Charles Finney

40%

Friedrich Schleiermacher

40%

Anselm

33%

Jonathan Edwards

20%
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3 Responses to “Je suis Calvin?”

  1. Keith Says:

    Weird that Calvin could be first and Edwards last, given how close those two were to each other.

  2. demas Says:

    Well the quiz has some obvious flaws 🙂

    I don’t really know much about Edwards other than his ‘Sinners in the hands of an angry God’ sermon.

    Was he more obsessed with hell than Calvin?

  3. Keith DeRose Says:

    I’d say so.
    Edwards’s FREEDOM OF THE WILL is the great defense of divine determinism, a cornerstone in Calvin’s theology.


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