Hermeneutics Quiz

A good friend recently sent me this Hermeneutics Quiz. It’s a couple of years old, but interesting nonetheless.

So, I took the quiz and scored it. It’s only 20 questions and it doesn’t take long.

Give it a shot and let me know what you scored. It would also be interesting to hear what others think of the explanation of the scoring.

My score was 48 which puts me on the conservative hermeneutic scale. The explanation starts:

First, the conservative hermeneutic group scores 52 or lower. The strength of this view is its emphasis on the authority, ongoing and normative authority, of all of Scripture. It tends to operate with the line many of us learned in Sunday school: “If the Bible says it, that settles it.” Such persons let the Bible challenge them with full force. Literal readings lead to rather literal applications. Most of the time.

What did you score?

What do you think?

tagged as in Church Issues,theology

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 TrueConvert March 8, 2010 at 10:22 am

I scored 42…..Conservative as well.

2 Russ March 8, 2010 at 10:48 am

I scored 40.

3 Aaron Armstrong March 8, 2010 at 10:54 am

I scored a 38; the most conservative of the bunch so far. Oh me oh my…

4 michaelvol March 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I scored 47.

5 Bobby Capps March 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm

48… I wanted a ‘none of the above’ on a couple for example, the Saturday parenthesis on the Sabbath. I believe Sabbath (24 hr of do nothing rest) is an abiding principle but those answers weren’t available. And of course, that’s a hermeneutic issue itself isn’t it.

6 chaplainmarkrichardson March 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I scored a 36 and view myself as very conservative in light of inerrancy and was uncomfortable with a couple of the questions, as one other looked for none of the above. This is a good test to start a solid conversation.

7 James Galyon March 8, 2010 at 2:57 pm

38 – conservative.

8 Tom Masiero March 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm

45.. 🙂

9 rebecca March 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I scored 41. But I wanted none of the above on a few, too.

10 Micah March 8, 2010 at 7:09 pm

48 – as others have stated, some of the either/or questions weren’t.

11 Tom Shelton March 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm

I got a 42

12 Mark Lamprecht March 8, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Thanks for the replies. Most scores don’t seem too far off from each other. I agree that some questions could use improvement which made them tough to answer.

13 Mark Bainter March 8, 2010 at 10:09 pm


As I noted on twitter. That was atrocious. I wasn’t surprised when I went back and realized who wrote it. Seems to be some serious presuppositions at play in his definition of hermeneutics. His view of a conservative interpretation at one end is clearly unbalanced. I grant there might be some wackos that might agree with some of those statements, but it’s hardly useful to include them on the scale.

14 Mark Lamprecht March 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Thanks, Mark. The points of view leave little room for nuance or explanation.

15 Darrin March 9, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I got a 35. Interesting questions. Some very easy to answer; others pretty tough.

16 Douglas K Adu-Boahen March 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I got a 37. More conservative than I thought…

17 robarmistead March 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm

I earned a 54. Several times I had to hold my hand from a more conservative score to what I seem to actually do in the real world. The bible was delivered in a historical context. I believe the Bible is inerrant. How that actually works I am just beginning to understand the issues.
Rob Armistead

18 Mark Lamprecht March 12, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Rob, I think everyone had some trouble with the questions and how they really apply.

19 Squirrel March 13, 2010 at 5:31 am

43 — and, again, some questions could be markedly improved!

20 Terry T March 29, 2010 at 10:03 am

I scored a 40, guess I confirmed that I am a conservative.


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