I ran across a " Belief-O-Matic" quiz today and took it. I line up 100 percent with Unitarians and 94 percent with secular humanists. I'm 52 percent attuned with the tenets of Reform Judaism, neck-and-neck with Christian Science. I never thought I would even write about those two religions in the same sentence. My beliefs allegedly match Buddhism more than the most liberal branch of Judaism (at least the most liberal branch known to Belief-O-Matic; Reconstructionist and Renewal Judaism were not listed). But since so many Jews are Unitarians and Buddhists, the results are skewed. Therefore, to be Unitarian is to be Jewish; to be Buddhist is to be Jewish, to borrow a litany from Lenny Bruce. (Find his routine on this page.)
From Belief-O-Matic: Your Results: The top score on the list below represents the faith that Belief-O-Matic, in its less than infinite wisdom,thinks most closely matches your beliefs. However, even a score of 100% does not mean that your views areall shared by this faith, or vice versa. Belief-O-Matic then lists another 26 faiths in orderof how much they have in common with your professed beliefs. The higher a faith appears on this list, themore closely it aligns with your thinking. How did the Belief-O-Matic do? Discuss your results on our message boards. [Which I didn't do; figured it was trying to sell something.]
1. Unitarian Universalism (100%) 2. Secular Humanism (94%) 3. Liberal Quakers (91%) 4. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (88%) 5. Theravada Buddhism (77%) 6. Neo-Pagan (70%) 7. Nontheist (67%) 8. New Age (64%) 9. Mahayana Buddhism (60%) 10. Taoism (60%) 11. Bahá'í Faith (55%) 12. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist)(52%) 13. Reform Judaism (52%)
That's all for today from Cancer Bitch, who noticed, by the way, that Whole Foods had its Jewish Food Items set out today, in anticipation for Some Wacky Judeo Holiday. There was matzah, gefilte fish, etc. What holiday is Whole Foods thinking of? St. Valentine's Day? Purim ain't till March 4, and Passover (aka The Festival of Matzah) isn't till April 3. Could it be that Whole Foods heard about Tu B'Shevat this past weekend and is trying to help us observe, belatedly?