The Hermeneutics Quiz

The Hermeneutics Quiz is designed by Scot McKnight to clarify how you understand the Bible and how you apply it.

After taking the quiz, I find that I’m a moderate on the Hermeneutics Scale.

According to Scot McKnight, “The moderate hermeneutic might be seen as the voice of reason and open-mindedness. Moderates generally score between 53 to 65. Many are conservative on some issues and progressive on others…. Moderates have a flexible hermeneutic that gives them the freedom to pick and choose on which issues they will be progressive or conservative. For that reason, moderates are more open to the charge of inconsistency. What impresses me most about moderates are the struggles they endure to render judgments on hermeneutical issues.”

You can take the test online here or read more about it here.

After taking the quiz, let us know how you scored.

13 Responses to “The Hermeneutics Quiz”

  1. JohnO says:

    I scored 52, moderate. But certain questions didn’t have a choice that I would have liked. Particularly the sabbath question, the author of Hebrews seems to say that every day as a Christian is a sabbath. That can be understood in many ways biblically I think. As for the capital punishment issue: it is capital, i.e. the nation, and they can have whatever position they want. Israel was in God’s covenant, therefore they had to have God’s position, and he told them this is how it is going to be. As for adultery, the choice is forgiveness and re-instatement or, forgiveness and divorce, as it is the only grounds for divorce from the lips of Jesus. And those are the husbands decision. Should the wife be unrepentant, the church can choose to remove her from fellowship (no immoral Christians 2cor5, matt18). And that would work in both directions, irregardless of who commits adultery.

  2. Andrew says:

    Hey Rick,

    I scored a 59 -moderate also. I had some similar struggle to JohnO with some of the questions – sabbath, capital punishment, tattoos – I have a few, and didn’t like any of the choices :).

    Interesting little quiz!

  3. Ben W says:

    I got 67 – meaning I’m in the progressive range but only just. Not a surprise for me but interesting none the less. I enjoy tests like these but always find I wish I had more people around me (IRL) to engage in conversation about these things. I guess this is why I live online.

    Have you ever done this test on Alan Hirsch’s website:

    it costs $10 but is academically backed up, I found it did confirm my thoughts but also gave a few things to think about.

  4. John Lunt says:

    Well, I guess I’ll be the token conservative here. I scored 35.
    I didn’t like some of the choices though, because some of them really didn’t address my thinking on issues, but I suspect overall the result for me was fairly accurate.

    Ben W. I did take the APEST test. No suprises there either. If someone really doesn’t know where their giftings lean, it might be helpful.

  5. I scored middle of the road moderate, which is not surprising to me. However, like many others have mentioned, the questions didn’t always allow for appropriate answers in respect to where I stood on issues. However, having been part of developing similar online tests (that never saw the light of day), I think Scot did an excellent job.


  6. Rick Meigs says:

    BenW: Yup, I’ve taken the APEST ministry profile. Scored a strong Prophetic/Apostolic ministry. I think Prophetic outscored Apostolic by one point.

  7. Rick Meigs says:

    I felt similiar to you about the questions, but my experience in taking these type of “quiz’s” is that they work well as a general indicator.

  8. Adam G. says:

    I scored 64. What do I win?

  9. Sam R says:

    I thought I was kind of conservative, but scored an 84. The answers were limiting. Given the opportunity, my answer to some of the questions would have been a 6 or 7. For example, I doubt that the passage from I Timothy and its “sister passage” in I Corinthians regarding women were even penned by Paul. As we all know, there are those who take these passages extremely literally, and even add to them. But I don’t hear any of those same folks ever mention I Cor 11:6. To me, this is just another example of having your favorite doctrines and proof-texting (finding something, somewhere in the Bible to support your opinion), ignoring what the rest of Scripture has to say.

  10. Webb says:

    56 for me. I’ll have to take it again after I wake up a bit and see if I change my mind. ;-)

    If these tests are scientific, then they take into consideration the fact that many will not find the ‘perfect’ answer for some of the questions. Nevertheless, we lean toward the one closest our convictions and the result is typically accurate.

    I would have guess that I was close to the bottom rung of progressivism, yet 10 years ago I would probably have scored a 20, so I’ll settle for the 56.

  11. Webb says:

    Took it again and got a 64. Now what’ll I do? This city life must be gettin to me! ;->

  12. Paul says:

    69 progressive :)

  13. ron cole says:

    Hi Rick…I scored borderline moderate/ progressive. The answers to the questions were interesting, alot broader than I was expecting. In the end that is where I likely would have pigeon holed myself…no surprises.