January 20, 2006
nobody expects the cyber inquisition
Thanks be to Aldahlia who showed me the way to this quiz. I've been checked out by the Grand Inquisitor and I'm not a heretic after all.
| You scored as Chalcedon compliant. You are Chalcedon compliant. Congratulations, you're not a heretic. You believe that Jesus is truly God and truly man and like us in every respect, apart from sin. Officially approved in 451.|
Are you a heretic?
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But before I exult in the image of God in me, it's worth noting that I may be in danger of straying. I should be watched, and perhaps need more instruction. Here's the waffle in my wafer:
- According to the Inquisitor, I could go either way on Pelagianism, which denies original sin and affirms the ability of humans to be righteous by the exercise of free will. Some of those questions are trick questions, I tell you. So it wasn't my fault. There was nothing I could do about it.
- The dictionary says of Monophysitism: "An adherent of the doctrine that in the person of Jesus there was but a single, divine nature. Coptic and Syrian Christians profess this doctrine." I'm not Coptic and I'm not Syrian, so I should be alright.
- Ironically, when it comes to matters on the Trinity, I'm off by exactly 33%. Does this seem suspicious to you? From CARM.org: "Modalism is probably the most common theological error concerning the nature of God. It is a denial of the Trinity..." So I'm like, "yeah, it is," then I'm all, "maybe it's not," but then I'm like, "no, yeah, it is."
- Another third of my darkened understanding lingers over Monarchianism. Again from the dictionary: Any of several Christian heresies of the second and third centuries A.D. that attempted to maintain monotheism and the unity of the Godhead but thereby denied the independent hypostasis of God the Son. I'm not sure, but does hypostasis mean breathing into a brown paper bag until you settle down?
- I have also not entirely escaped the taint of Apollanarianism. I'm a little unclear as to what this means. I did find this on Apollonius.net: [Apollinaris the younger] maintained that the Divine Word (the Logos) supplied the place of a rational soul in the person of Christ...his doctrine was condemned by a synod at Rome, about 375 A.D. Yeah, ok, you got me. I think. Or not. Could you repeat the question?
Posted by joel at January 20, 2006 03:03 AM
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i think what you're seeing in the lack of comments here is what i'm experiencing. i've read through this several time and don't know where i land on some of them - so i think is a good thought provoking post, just not an easy one to respond to
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