If I Were A Theologian…

November 10, 2006

I don’t know what I answered that made me most like Anselm. I wouldn’t actually have guessed that. It was a thought provoking little quiz. Yes, I realize I’m a nerd, but I think Dr. Perkins (Of UE Religion Department fame…) would be proud…except for the fact that I’m nothing like Tillich and he talked about Tillich all the time.

You scored as 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?’



John Calvin


Martin Luther


Friedrich Schleiermacher


Charles Finney




J�rgen Moltmann


Karl Barth


Jonathan Edwards


Paul Tillich


Which theologian are you?
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6 responses to If I Were A Theologian…

  1. Hey! We were a lot alike in this! I don’t recall my exact percentages, but our highest was the same and so was the lowest and the middies were mostly same, but in slightly different orders! yay!

  2. I was also 100% Anselm. Whatever that means.


  3. I haven’t really studied Anselm, and I’ve read things about him in the context of my lay pastor program. I’m not sure what it means, either. I guess that’s why I was surprised, but I suppose we all should do a little research. We may just like the guy!

  4. I was wonderinf how limited the quiz was. I got it from my brother n law. It might be limited to only reformed theologians. I don’t know many of them on the list. So I am not sure how accurate it is. The questions also limit you in many ways! There are many other theological question that could have been asked. But I actually knew I would have Calvin as my number one. I believe a lot in his exhortations.

  5. Well, I know that Augustine was way before the Reformation. He’s responsible for one of my favorite quotes of all time: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

  6. The quiz is pretty off the mark, actually. I cross referenced a few of the guy’s questions with the theologians in question and think he misunderstood a few of them, in particular the Neo-Orthodox Karl Barth whom I scored 100% on the quiz, but in reality I have very little in common with him. And by “little” I mean “zilch.” (He rejected natural theology, though Paul clearly identifies it in Romans 1.)

    Anselm is most well known for the ontological argument for the existence of God. One of several important theistic proofs.

    Augustine’s responsible for a lot — most notably the Pelagian and Donatist controversies, but again became quite important during the Reformation itself.

    Moltmann’s pretty much a Marxist.

    Tillich unfortunately has been widely read among the liberals; it’s always interesting to hear his ideas come up in conversations with Christ-deniers.

    It’s a pretty eclectic list, there!