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Monday, October 31, 2011

A (Not Too) Serious Christian History Quiz

October 31 is both Reformation Day and All Soul's Eve, a very historic time for Christendom.  The modern church, though, seems to have historical amnesia as to its rich history.  Americans especially, who would never forget the Fourth of July or the Civil War, sit in blissful ignorance of the heritage of their faith.

Therefore I thought today fitting to have a little fun and teach a little history at the same time.  Check out the questions below and see how many people, places and events you recognize. Look up some that you don't. You'll be the better for it!

1. When Christians have a discussion about Origen, they are:
  1. At Comic-Con debating the spelling for the name of the next Christian superhero.
  2. Fighting over how long ago the earth was created.
  3. Trying to discover who invented the first anti-pain dental gel.
  4. Discussing one of the early church fathers and martyrs, who fought against Gnosticism and had controversial views on the nature of Jesus' subordination and the pre-existence of souls.
2. Milvian Bridge is:
  1. A card game Christians used to play to pass time in the catacombs.
  2. The scene of a battle where Constantine converted to Christianity and became sole emperor of Rome, thus allowing Christians to worship openly.
  3. A promising new dental apparatus.
  4. The route one would take to grandmother Milva's house.
3. Arianism is:
  1. The heretical belief that Jesus is the first created being of God the Father.
  2. A love of all things Little Mermaid.
  3. The name given to the Joseph Smith doctrine that only white people can attain the highest heaven.
  4. The heretical belief that the Windows-based font is somehow preferred over Helvetica.
4. The Council of Nicea is:
  1. The first Council which Christians were instructed to "be-a Nicea" to each other (said with an Italian accent.)
  2. A council held just so that The Da Vinci Code could later point to it and say "That's where people decided to choose which books would be included in the Bible" even though the canon was never discussed there.
  3. The meeting where the Fellowship of the Nine decided to travel to Mordor.
  4. The first ecumenical Council, held in 325 AD, to affirm the divinity of Christ and established the official creed of Christendom.
5. The early church father Augustine of Hippo was known for:
  1. His extreme weight, which earned him his surname.
  2. His strange penchant to only write in the eighth month of the year.
  3. Being one of the pivotal fathers of the early church who shaped not only the church, but all of Western thought after him. Among other things, he defined evil as a privation of good.
  4. His love of the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland, especially that scary part when ears are wiggling and bubbles are blowing.
6. The Hypostatic Union refers to:
  1. How the divine and human natures of Christ are combined into one person.
  2. Emergency Room nurses championing a cause of organized labor.
  3. A new coalition of nations led by Greece and Italy leveraging their financial troubles to make sure the European economy never grows again.
  4. A club of statisticians who record the number of ADHD children across the country.
7. St. Thomas' Five Ways are:
  1. Part of the map showing "all roads lead to Rome." An intersection was later reconstructed in Sydney, Australia based on this model.
  2. A very popular hamburger chain during the Middle Ages.
  3. The instructions on proceeding through a four-way stop in downtown Los Angeles.
  4. Five arguments that serve as proof to the existence of God given the contingency of the observable world. 
8. The Diet of Worms is:
  1. Another name for fish food.
  2. The newest trend from Beverly Hills the Kardashians are selling.
  3. The assembly of the Holy Roman Empire where Martin Luther made his famous stand.
  4. A problem to be wary of when eating in third world restaurants.
9. Pascal's famous wager is:
  1. "Paperboy in the Fifth" – a tip he later passed on to Bugs Bunny.
  2. Betting he can successfully complete his 12-step Gambler's Anonymous program before you.
  3. Believing pale colors would be more popular if they were applied in crayon form.
  4. All men must choose between belief in the Christian God or non-belief. If reason cannot with certainty prove the existence of God, one would be more reasonable to hold to Christianity since if true, one stands to gain infinite joy and there is no downside if false. However, non-belief holds no joy in its affirmation and the danger of infinite suffering if false.
10.   The "Burned-Over" district refers to:
  1. An area of upper and western New York in the early 1800's that had been the location of so many tent revivals it made Charles Finney remark there were was no "fuel" (unconverted people) left to "burn" (be saved).  This area later became the starting point for many American heretical movements.
  2. Another name for the Roman province of Pompeii.
  3. A town of zealots that considers anyone sporting a comb-over an act worthy of the stake.
  4. A very popular dining area that houses both authentic Mexican and Indian restaurants.
11.   The "Great Disappointment" in the U.S. is known as such because:
  1. The Cardinals beat the Rangers in game seven of the World Series, thus allowing Catholics to gloat over Texas Protestants.
  2. Fringe did not air on Fox because there was a game seven of the World Series.
  3. The 1970's camp Christian film "A Thief in the Night" has not been released on HD DVD.
  4. The shattered expectations and falling away from the faith that many believing the teachings of William Miller felt when Jesus did not come back in 1845 as he had predicted.  Miller's teachings later begat both the Seventh-Day Adventists and the Jehovah's Witnesses.
12.   In 1906 the Azusa Street Revival began. It is famous because:
  1. It birthed the modern Pentecostal movement and its denominations.
  2. It started the retro-renewal craze where old town main streets are renovated into shopping malls and condos are sold for overinflated prices.
  3. It kicked off the seeker sensitive concept of churches offering "everything you would want from A to Z in the U.S.A!"
  4. It was the first service to use foghorns to wake up sleeping parishioners during the sermon.
Answers:  1:D,   2:B,  3:A,  4:D,  5:C,  6:A,  7:D,  8:C,  9:D,  10:A,  11:D  12:A.

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