What Are Your Beliefs? Throwback

Religious Beliefs


Today’s throwback is from January 2009.

One of my favorite websites is Beliefnet It’s a treasure trove of information about all the major worlds religions. It’s an especially good place to go if one is searching for others who may fall within your same religious beliefs.

My favorite part of Belief.net is the Belief-O-Matic. It’s a fun test to take in which you answer a series of questions about your beliefs. Once done, the Belief-O-Matic will provide a list of approx 25 religions or belief systems and will give you a percentage which shows how closely your beliefs are in line with those. Here’s the top nine that were on my list:

  • Secular Humanist
  • Unitarian Universalist
  • Liberal Quakerism
  • Atheism
  • Liberal Christian Protestantism
  • Taoism
  • Theravada Buddhism
  • Reformed Judaism
  • Mahayana Buddhism

My results aren’t surprising because I am a Unitarian Universalist who practices Buddhism and I’ve always had a huge respect for Quakers.

Beliefnet has descriptions of virtually every religion you can imagine, so you can check the results you get if you’re not sure what the religion is,

Go ahead and follow this link to the Belief-O-Matic. If you’re up to it, post the five top results in the comments section. It will be fun to see how similar or different we all are. Anything surprising?

One note: They’ve made a change that now requires you to enter your name and email to use the Belief-O-Matic. I put in a fake name and email address and it worked fine, so you can do the same if you’d prefer.




  27 comments for “What Are Your Beliefs? Throwback

  1. January 17, 2017 at 05:12

    I got Liberal Quakerism, which did surprise me (but in matters of faith, I am easily surprised). I’m definitely going to look more into this. Thank you, Bradley, for such an awesome idea which allows us to discover more about ourselves and each other!

    (Other results: Taoism, Mahayana Buddhism, and Unitarian Universalism, but nothing more than 6%!)

    • Bradley
      January 17, 2017 at 07:25

      I’m glad it’s given you an opportunity for reflection. There’s all kinds of good stuff on that site.

  2. January 13, 2017 at 22:38

    I remember when they used to give out multiple results, but I think that has gone by the wayside. Mine said “New Age” and I think that’s as close as it could get lol

    • Bradley
      January 13, 2017 at 23:46

      Yes, I prefer the way they used to do it. I found it much more interesting.

      • January 14, 2017 at 08:43

        And eye opening. I remember when I took it the first time, I’d never heard of UU-and many of the other high rankers. So I did more research. And it showed me definitively that we’re not so different-no matter what label we use.

        • Bradley
          January 14, 2017 at 09:52

          Well, I’d say there’s huge differences in regards to some religions, but you’re right, many similarities too.

          • January 14, 2017 at 10:59

            Also true. A lot of it, I think is interpretation and politics, unfortunately.

  3. Jennifer
    January 13, 2017 at 15:33

    My 4 highest were: Unitarian Universalism, Mahayana Buddhism, Taoism, and Secular Humanism. The only one that surprised me was Unitarian Universalism.

    • January 13, 2017 at 16:20

      There are many Unitarian Universalists who are Buddhists and Humanists

      • Jennifer
        January 13, 2017 at 16:41

        It surprised me because I have never heard of Unitarian Universalism before now.

  4. January 13, 2017 at 09:08

    Only result: Secular Humanism.

    • Bradley
      January 13, 2017 at 10:08

      Is it what you expected?

      • January 13, 2017 at 11:56

        Yes 😀

  5. January 12, 2017 at 16:53

    I am a big ol Unitarian Universalist, but I think you knew that 🙂 The Belief-O-Matic is what took me to the Unitarian Church back in 2003.

    • Bradley
      January 12, 2017 at 20:08

      Really? There’s a lot of people out there who are Unitarian but don’t know it

      • January 13, 2017 at 05:08

        Yep, really. Previously, I hadn’t known it existed.

  6. Iggy
    January 12, 2017 at 16:04

    One Answer:
    Your result is

    Unitarian Universalism
    Your beliefs match closest with Unitarian Universalism!

    But then they give you percentages of different religions. I scored very low in all of them. Nothing higher than 4% I guess that is what happens when you are an open minded Catholic. 🙂

    • Bradley
      January 12, 2017 at 16:49

      I’m not surprised at the UU match. They changed their formulas from the past. You use to get higher percentages for the other religions which made it more interesting.

  7. January 12, 2017 at 15:58

    I’m about to eat dinner, but I might come back and try that later. I’m quite sure I know what I am…but hey – never hurts to do a little soul searching!

    Anyway, I wanted to say I saw you in this month’s edition of bp Hope! I was like, “Hey! I know that guy! Except, you know, not really…” Ha ha. It was a great article, and I liked your part in it. 🙂

    • Bradley
      January 12, 2017 at 16:46

      Wow! I’m a celebrity. lol I thought the article was very well written.

  8. kat
    January 12, 2017 at 10:28

    i got one result__unitarian universalist

    • Bradley
      January 12, 2017 at 10:52

      Were you surprised?

      • kat
        January 12, 2017 at 18:54

        yes, i actually thought it would show atheist. i have been brought up that way, and it is only recently i have begun questioning faith and belief and the possibility of something more. so i wasn’t sure what results i’d get!

        • Bradley
          January 12, 2017 at 20:11

          I’d guess half the people in the Unitarian Universalist church where we go are atheists.

          • kat
            January 13, 2017 at 08:31

            that’s interesting. i never would have guessed. something to consider maybe.

  9. January 12, 2017 at 07:45

    I got one result: Secular Humanism.

    • Bradley
      January 12, 2017 at 10:50

      One result? That’s odd. They must have changed it,

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