Hermeneutics Quiz

-Submitted by Howie Smith

Hermeneutics Quiz

I stumbled upon this quiz today through one of the blogs I subscribe to.  The author of the quiz is Scot McKnight, whom I have developed a respect for as someone who engages in discussion that is typically profound and productive.

Like many of these magazine quizzes (admit it, you’ve taken a quiz from Cosmo before), there is a lot of room for error.  You may disagree with the end label you are given.  However, I found that the process of taking the quiz made me ask a lot of questions.  Coming up with an answer typically made me ask myself some hard questions.  I discovered some of my own tendencies.  I’m interested to hear other’s thoughts.

Once this is posted, I will put my score and comments in the comments section.  Please do the same and it will be very interesting to discuss our hermeneutical differences and similarities.

Posted on October 7, 2008, in Hermeneutics. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I scored a 68. Apparently, I’m barely in the progressive category, which is similar to what I thought I’d be. Though these types of things are always overly simplistic I thought the quiz was interesting, though some of the answer options were odd.

  2. I scored a 63, which makes me a ‘moderate’. I’m not entirely certain, though, why viewing the Holy Spirit’s role in interpretation as being more corporate than individual and having a high appreciation for the role of tradition in interpretation both make my views more progressive than conservative (not that I mind). Since these both reflect positions that have been traditionally predominant in Christian theology, wouldn’t they be the conservative, rather than the progressive, options?

    Labels are fun.

  3. I scored a 52 which means that I am barely a conservative. I still think the Hosea question threw me for a loop because after soaking in Cyril, I felt rather obliged to answer with number 1, just like the great Eastern exegetes from the early 5th century.
    Marc, you forget that a true conservative does not consider Catholic heresies (church tradition prior to Luther and most of Luther’s thoughts as well) to be true conservative thought. Church tradition starts with Calvin and doesn’t get serious until the Puritans in New England.

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