Saturday, January 26, 2008

What's Your Theological Worldview?

At the bottom of the right-hand column is a survey result of my current theological worldview.

I found the survey on my friend Justin's blog Freshdirt and found it very interesting, so I took the survey as well.



It's not that I'm trying to be theologically troublesome by identifying with the Emergent movement, it's just that I find myself lining up with many of their positions. Not so much maybe specific doctrinal positions, so much as attitudes towards them. I am one to question traditional doctrine, in asking questions I'm not trying to weasel out of obligation. It's just that something doesn't ring true for me, and so I'm trying to identify why that is so, and research an answer that does ring true.

In being identified as an Emergent Evangelical, I still take seriously the major tenets of our faith-stream: evangelism, the Cross, the Scriptures, and conversion (see David Bebbington). It's just that there is confusion in my mind on how we go about understanding and living out these faith-tenets in this day and age: from a Reformed perspective? Anabaptist? Wesleyan? Neo-orthodox? Lutheran? Catholic? Orthodox?
I'm not trying to be novel, just faithful to the questions I believe the Spirit prompts me to ask and then seek answers to.

Go ahead and take the survey yourself, you might be surprised at the results.

2 comments:

Matt said...

Tim,

I took the two tests and was suprised by the type of theologian I was.

The theological worldview did not take me by suprise as much. However, I was suprised that I was not more emergent than the test said I was. Maybe I like the idea of emergent but am unsure how to be both evangelical and emergent at the same time. sounds like you may be a good person to talk with about the issue.

go to my Blog if you would like to check it out.

http://sojournersrd.blogspot.com

Tim Hallman said...

Hey Matt,

Glad you took the surveys.

I'll have to admit that for theologians, the first time I took it, Anselm came out on top for me. I didn't like being labeled as one who is primary described by medieval theology. I took the test a second time and answered more thoughtfully. Anselm was still near the top, but not as much.

Anyway, I find it interesting that as a theologian, you identify closely with Anselm, Calvin, Luther; but for theological worldview, you identify with Wesleyan Holiness.

You must be UB!

Ha, and so am I...