Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Hermeneutics Quiz: What’s Your Score?

I still plan to post about today's readings some time after mass today.  In the meantime I ran across this Hermeneutics quiz on Patheos.  It was interesting figuring out each question and I landed in between on quite a few.  

First of all, the quiz is HERE if you want to take it yourself.

I'm pretty sure this means I'm going to hell but I scored Progressive.  

The Hermeneutics Quiz
Score 77  
Evaluation
You scored between 66 and 100, meaning you're a progressive on The Hermeneutics Scale.

What does Progressive mean in this quiz?  As described by the authors:

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 a 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?

With that description I suppose I'm quite happy to be a so-called Progressive.  Personally I'd just call it a realist but hey, that's just me :-)  If you take the quiz let me know where you score.
 
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Larry Devich
I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  Philippians 4:11b

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