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Don’t know where your inner compass points? Try Belief-O-Matic, part of the incredible Beliefnet cosmos.

This cosmic version of 20 Questions asks what you think of things like the nature of God, the origins of life, morality, the afterlife, social ethics, eternal rewards and punishments, etc.

A nice touch: The answers are multiple choice, with six to eight options (didn’t you love those in college?). Also nice: You don’t have to answer all the questions. Nice touch 3: You can weight each answer with one of three grades of importance.

Questionnaires like this often have some weakness. With this one, some of the multiple choices overlap. Take the question, “Why is there terrible wrongdoing in the world?” One answer is original sin; another is “God-given free will plus a weak side.” Some people would choose both.

Soooooo, will you divine your divinity by question 20? Wellllll, you may come close, but not necessarily a bulls-eye. I tested as a 100-percent “Orthodox Quaker” (I’m not). Another reply is at the start of the quiz: “Belief-O-Matic assumes no legal liability for the ultimate fate of your soul.”

Beliefnet has a lot of other quizzes, too. They examine topics as questing as “spiritual intelligence,” as earthy as your level of lustfulness, as silly as the spirituality of Britney Spears.

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Written by Jim Davis

November 30, 2008 at 12:57 am

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