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Battleground God

The Philosophers Magazine have an interesting and thought-provoking quiz called Battleground God. From the site, 'Can your beliefs about religion make it across our intellectual battleground? In this activity you'll be asked a series of 17 questions about God and religion. In each case, apart from Question 1, you need to answer True or False. The aim of the activity is not to judge whether these answers are correct or not. Our battleground is that of rational consistency. This means to get across without taking any hits, you'll need to answer in a way which is rationally consistent.' Good luck!

http://www.philosophers.co.uk/games/god.htm

I made it out with one hit! here are my results:
• 115521 people have completed this activity to date.
• You suffered 1 direct hit and bit zero bullets.
• This compares with the average player of this activity to date who takes 1.37 hits and bites 1.11 bullets.
• 46.63% of the people who have completed this activity, like you, took very little damage and were awarded the TPM Medal of Distinction.
• 7.42% of the people who have completed this activity emerged unscathed with the TPM Medal of Honour.

Comments

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_kaiser_
Oct. 3rd, 2003 04:38 pm (UTC)
i think it's rigged. i don't think you can take the entire quiz without at least biting one bullet...
monkeyx3
Oct. 3rd, 2003 08:51 pm (UTC)
I don't know how rigged it is... I just went through it again and changed my answer were I took a direct hit. I could have bit a bullet but I realized the error of my thinking when answering the question.

You suffered zero direct hits and bit zero bullets.
•This compares with the average player of this activity to date who takes 1.37 hits and bites 1.11 bullets.
• 7.42% of the people who have completed this activity, like you, emerged unscathed with the TPM Medal of Honour.
• 46.60% of the people who have completed this activity took very little damage and were awarded the TPM Medal of Distinction.
roosterbear
Oct. 3rd, 2003 09:55 pm (UTC)
I've got to try this out. This looks cool!

But tomorrow, when I'm not high from the evening ritual.
roosterbear
Oct. 5th, 2003 03:57 pm (UTC)
Hmph.
Earlier you said that it is not justifiable to base one's beliefs about the external world on a firm, inner conviction, paying no regard to the external evidence, or lack of it, for the truth or falsity of this conviction, but now you say it's justifiable to believe in God on just these grounds. That's a flagrant contradiction!

Um, no it's not. The external world is, by definition, observable. God is not necessarily observable; in fact, he/she/it is likely not observable, or measurable, in any tangible way. Depending, of course, on how he/she/it is defined. Not to mention that God is not "of this world" the way that, well, the external world is.

Not impressed with the quiz, although it's better than it might have been.
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