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Comparative Religion Lesson 1

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Posted 02 March 2016 - 11:26 PM

I found lesson 1 to be extremely informative. The section on glyphs was very interesting. I'm going to be looking into the books listed as references. I took the Belief-O-Matic quiz and the denomination it said I matched was quite a shock. I'm a Seventh Day Adventist and my denomination was the fourth one listed which was quite surprising.

Here is a cut and paste from the email I received:

Thank you for taking Beliefnet's Belief-O-Matic quiz! The top score below represents the religious personality and beliefs that Belief-O-Matic thinks most closely matches your faith.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

You have Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints beliefs (100%) Click on any religion below for more information on different beliefs and faiths.

Jehovah's Witness (85%), Conservative Christian\Protestant (71%), Seventh Day Adventist (60%), Sikhism (57%). The conservative Christian really surprised me as I think in many ways I'm fairly liberal. There was another link for What is your spiritual Type? When clicked on that link I did not get a different quiz, but the same one as I had just taken.

I found another site that had a similar named quiz, but in the end seemed quite different from the results from my looking at
other's who had taken the second quiz from this class in the past. I'll list the results as it was still interesting.

What's Your Spiritual Type?

The quiz is meant to help you learn about yourself, see how you compare with others, and have a little fun. Select the answer that is most nearly true for you.


You are a Sage

You are a Sage, characterized by a thinking or head spirituality. You value responsibility, logic, and order. Maybe that's why you were voted "Most Dependable" by your high school classmates. Structure and organization are important to you. What would the world be like without you? Chaos, that's what! Your favorite words include should, ought, and be prepared. What makes you feel warm and fuzzy? Like Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof it's tradition! tradition! tradition!

Because you love words, written or spoken, you enjoy a good lecture, serious discussions, and theological reflection. Prayer for you usually is verbal. You thrive on activity and gatherings of people, such as study groups. Sages on retreat likely would fill every day with planned activities, leaving little time for silence or solitude.

We need Sages for your clear thinking and orderly ways. You pay attention to details that others overlook. Sages make contributions to education, publishing, and theology. You often are the ones who feel a duty to serve, give, care, and share with the rest of us.

On the other hand, sometimes you seem unfeeling, too intellectual, or dry. Can you say "dogmatic"? You may need to experience the freedom of breaking a rule or two every now and then. God's grace covers Sages too, you know!

Famous Sages:

Mr. Spock | Dilbert | Elrond
Dietrich Bonhoeffer | Maya Angelou | Linus (Peanuts)
Yoda (Star Wars) | Andy Griffith | Mr. Miyagi
The Buddha | Rodin's The Thinker | Moses
Ross Geller | Matthew (the Gospel writer) | Tiger Woods

Learn about other types:

Sage Prophet Lover Mystic

This site was at http://prayer-center.upperroom.org

All in all I believe that the Comparative Religion class will be very interesting and expand my thought process.

Thank you.
Rev. John Carpenter, D.D.(h.c.)
Ordained minister of the Universal Life Church

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