Monday, January 16, 2006

Religious stereotypes!

Here we have a little game on religious stereotypes, based on Google searches. It's just for fun...don't take it seriously!

Catholics are known for...
... venerating (worshipping) the dead.
... worshipping the virgin.
... drunkeness.
... being anti-racist.
... burning candles.
... their religion and tolerance.
... exceptional generosity toward the missions.
... being anti-Communist.
... homosexuality issues.

Christians are known for...
... upholding slavery and the burning of witches.
... exalting both creation and the Creator.
... callousness.
... taboos.
... criticisims.
... self-righteousness.
... compassion.
... trustworthyness.

Christian Fundamentalists are known for...
... sexual puritanism.

Evangelicals are known for...
... exegesis.
... engaging the culture.
... their "scandal of the mind".
... friendliness.
... obedience.
... severe intolerance.

Mainstream Christians are known for...
... nothing!

Presbyterians are known for...
... Reformed theology.
... connectedness.
... doing things "decently and in order".

Baptists are known for...
... universal toleration, extending also to Jews.
... service and ministry.
... being very "calm" during their services.
... being on the forefront of women's education.
... their divisions.

Anglicans are known for...
... welcoming diversity.
... the via media (middle way)
... emphasis and attention given to the Christian doctrine of the Incarnation.
... worship.

Mormons are known for...
... giving out their Book of Mormon.
... clean living.
... door-to-door missionary work.
... community bonds.

Lutherans are known for...
... hymnody.
... pessimism.
... rigourous systematics.
... scholarship.
... being theologically argumentative.

Orthodox Christians are known for...
... food festivals.
... authentic ceremonies.
... hospitality.

Methodists are known for...
... generosity.
... hymn literacy.
... outpouring of financial support.
... stiff singing.

Episcopalians are known for...
... Leftism.
... Emphasizing beauty.
... devotion to tradition.
... love of reason.
... coffee, genuflecting and camaraderie.

Protestants are known for...
... intolerance.
... “shooting the wounded”.
... knowledge of the Scriptures.
... arguing with the Bible.

Pentecostals are known for...
... "exuberant, expressive worship".
... passionate worship.
... emphasis on "gifts of the Holy Spirit."
... their radio and TV programs.

Quakers are known for...
... pacifism.
... tolerance.
... fiducial responsibility.

Amish are known for...
... hearty and scrumptious home-cooked meals.
... practice of meidung (shunning of those who have violated church law).
... beautiful quilts.
... resistance to change.
... tomatoes.

Seventh Day Adventists are known for...
... healthy diet.
... living long, healthy lives.
... clean-living.

Jehovah's Witnesses are known for...
... missionary activities.
... door-to-door solicitation.
... honesty.
... strong evangelistic focus.
... constructing churches in 48 hours.

Orthodox Jews are known for...
... sometimes stoning cars that drive on the sabbath.
... their love of learning.
... large families.

Reform Jews are known for...
... liberalism
... embracing modern, western clothing.

Conservative Jews are known for...
... nothing!

Islamists are known for...
... outspoken virility.
... missdeeds.
... investing for the future.

Buddhists are known for...
... asceticism.
... mandalas.
... their quest for inner peace.
... using the Swastika.

Freemasons are known for...
... unusual initiation rituals.
... elevating their own.
... generous giving to charitable causes.

Atheists are known for...
... finding some theological faith in 'foxhole' situations.
... making absurd claims for which there is no documentation.
... blockading churches on Sunday mornings.
... honesty.
... their experience with existential crises.

Agnostics are known for...
... their inability to make a decision on anything.
... their morality and strong sense of justice.

Pagans are known for...
... living at one with the Earth.
... being the most sexually permissive interest groups in society.
... the caviler attitude of 'sure, why not? Make it up as you go along'.

Wiccans are known for...
... going around hugging trees.
... independent thinking.
... improvisation and ingenuity.
... expansive sense of humor.
... stealing doorstops.

Gnostics are known for...
... rejecting the God of the Old Testament.
... creative revision and elaboration of biblical texts.

American Bishops are known for...
... for their statements on social justice issues.

the USCCB is known for...
.... nothing!

European Bishops are known for...
... nothing!

Liberal Catholics are known for...
... nothing!

SSPX is known for...
... being pretty secretive.

Jesuits are known for...
... dedication to social causes.
... opening schools.
... excellence.
... discipline.
... rationalism.
... education.
... intrigue.

Opus Dei is known for...
... opposition to contraception.
... practicing corporal mortification.
... reforming the economy of Spain.
... contributions to the Second Vatican Council
... its ties to the government of the late Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.
... recruitment of intellectuals.

Benedictines are known for...
... hospitality.
... the prayer called lectio divina.
... attention to liturgy.

Carmelites are known for...
... disavowal of ownership of personal or communal property.
... special dedication to the Mother of Jesus.
... strong emphasis on prayer and spirituality.
... teaching prayer and meditation.

Franciscans are known for...
... studying and teaching all of their life.
... progressiveness.
... patience.
... prayer and poverty.
... mobility.

Dominicans are known for...
... charism of preaching.

(note...other entries in this search refer to the Dominican Republic)

the Neo-Catechumenal Way is known for...
... nothing!

Augustinians are known for...
... being Apostolic.

Redemptorists are known for...
... preaching Parish Missions.
... Shrine Churches.

Vincentians are known for...
... prison ministries.
... charity.

Carthusians are known for...
... horses.
... unrivalled strictness.

Trappists are known for...
... communal living.
... hospitality.
... preserves.
... intensive commitment to silence.
... making cheese, beer, fruitcake, and other goods.

Communion and Liberation is known for...
... political engagement.

Call to Action is known for...
... dissent against Church teaching on homosexuality, abortion, etc.

Liturgucal Consultants are known for...
... nothing.

Eucharistic Ministers are known for...
... nothing.

Music Ministers are known for....
... nothing!

Progressive nuns are known for...
... nothing!

Vatican II is known for...
... changing the Church's position on "collective responsibility" of the Jews.
... having planted seemingly innocuous "bombshells" in documents.
... ecumenism.
... openness to all.

Pope Benedict XVI is known for...
... conservative views.
... a hard-line stance against women's ordination.
... intellect.
... being a staunch defender of traditional Catholic doctrine.
... clashes with more liberal theologians at home in Germany.
... his love of cats.

Pope John Paul II was known for...
... his endeavors to improve Catholic-Muslim relations.
... his energy, intellectualism and activism on the global stage.
... his unwavering belief in the "culture of life".
... his love not only for humans but also for other animals.
... civil rights.
... his conservative views on abortion.
... his affection for children of the world.
... his sense of fun.

Pope John Paul I was known for...
... nothing!

Pope Paul VI was known for...
... a subtle, flexible, quintessentially “Italian” approach to solving problems.
... his emphasis on the need for sociology.
... his last encyclical, Humanae Vitae.

Pope John XXIII was known for...
... both his brilliance and his meekness.

Pope Pius XII was known for...
... his charisma and diplomacy.

Traditionalist Catholics are known for...
... their preference for continuing to say the Mass in Latin.


Click on any link to find out how this list was generated!

This was suggested by "The Prejudice Map".

2 comments:

  1. The results of these searches can change quickly. What you see here isn't what you will get when you run the Google search.

    ReplyDelete
  2. All the same, I'm stealing this post and putting it on my blog. With due credit, of course.

    ReplyDelete