The Hermeneutics Quiz

Saw this on Christianity Today’s site – interesting concept.

The Hermeneutics Quiz (click on “take assessment)

Here is a summary of what each catagory means:

First, the conservative hermeneutic group scores 52 or lower. The strength of this view is its emphasis on the authority, ongoing and normative authority, of all of Scripture. It tends to operate with the line many of us learned in Sunday school: “If the Bible says it, that settles it.” Such persons let the Bible challenge them with full force. Literal readings lead to rather literal applications. Most of the time.

The problem, of course, is that very few people are completely consistent here. At times one suspects something other than strict interpretation is going on when the conservative is willing to appeal to history to suspend the commandment to observe a Saturday Sabbath, but does not to appeal to history on other issues (e.g., capital punishment or homosexuality).

The moderate hermeneutic might be seen as the voice of reason and open-mindedness. Moderates generally score between 53 to 65. Many are conservative on some issues and progressive on others. It intrigues that conservatives tend to be progressive on the same issues, while progressives tend to be conservative on the same issues. Nonetheless, moderates have a flexible hermeneutic that gives them the freedom to pick and choose on which issues they will be progressive or conservative. For that reason, moderates are more open to the charge of inconsistency. What impresses me most about moderates are the struggles they endure to render judgments on hermeneutical issues.

The progressive is not always progressive. Those who score 66 or more can be seen as leaning toward the progressive side, but the difference between at 66 and 92 is dramatic. Still, the progressive tends to see the Bible as historically shaped and culturally conditioned, and yet most still consider it the Word of God for today. Following a progressive hermeneutic, for the Word to speak in our day, one must interpret what the Bible said in its day and discern its pattern for revelation in order to apply it to our world. The strength, as with the moderate but even more so, is the challenge to examine what the Bible said in its day, and this means the progressives tend to be historians. But the problems for the progressives are predictable: Will the Bible’s so-called “plain meaning” be given its due and authoritative force to challenge our world? Or will the Bible be swallowed by a quest to find modern analogies that sometimes minimize what the text clearly says?

taken from –

Try it yourself.

PS – I got a score of “45 – Conservative”


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by JohnO on March 13, 2008 at 9:12 am

    50 – conservative… but wish there were other options for some questions 🙂


  2. Posted by John Paul on March 13, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Agreed Obo.
    I got a 43?
    More Conservative than both of you?
    I think im gonna take it again


  3. Posted by JohnO on March 13, 2008 at 9:48 am

    yea you sure are.. i actually took this before, and i got a 52, moderate…


  4. Posted by John Paul on March 13, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Yeah I took it again, reading the answers more carfully and got a 53


  5. My score was 33. So am I considered a conservative, I guess?



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