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Religion Analogies

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First submittedJuly 17, 2013
Last updatedSeptember 13, 2018
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This is to this …
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Bible is to Christianity
Quran is to Islam
Venus is to Beauty
Mars is to War
Nun is to Woman
Monk is to Man
Bethlehem is to Jesus
Mecca is to Muhammad
Halal is to Islam
Kosher is to Judaism
Brahmā is to Creator
Shiva is to Destroyer
Buddhism is to
Siddhārtha Gautama
Taoism is to Laozi
Church is to Christianity
Mosque is to Islam
Jupiter is to Rome
Zeus is to Greece
Genesis is to the
Old Testament
Matthew is to the
New Testament
This is to this …
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Exodus is to Leviticus
Leviticus is to Numbers
Jihad is to Struggle
Akbar is to Great
Rome is to Catholicism
Constantinople is to
Greek Orthodox
Smith is to Mormonism
Hubbard is to Scientology
Aaron is to Moses
Esau is to Jacob
Adam is to Abel
David is to Solomon
Quetzalcoatl is Mayans
Isis is to Egyptians
Lutheranism is to Luther
Methodism is to Wesley
Paradiso is to Heaven
Inferno is to Hell
Disbelief is to Atheist
Doubt is to Agnostic
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level 77
Sep 5, 2013
*prayer will not be enough to get you anything, technically.

good quiz. masjid should probably be accepted for mosque. agnosticism doesn't actually mean doubt. Only nits worth selecting that I saw. I missed the Methodism one. Tried "Method Man" but that wasn't the right answer.
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level 60
Sep 30, 2013
I agree that "doubt" is not to "agnostic" as "disbelief" is to "atheism".
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level ∞
Oct 2, 2013
I can't imagine any non-pedantic reason why not.
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level 77
Jun 1, 2014
To be atheist is to believe there are no gods, but it's still a belief. To be agnostic is to leave the questions unanswered... it can be called doubt, it is also a rejection of beliefs.
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level 77
Feb 4, 2016
The reason why not is because agnosticism DOES NOT MEAN one who doubts the existence of god, even if popular incorrect opinion is that it does.
An agnostic is one who believes that the nature or existence of god is unknowable or unproveable. You can be a very devout, faithful, believing agnostic theist... and just believe that it is folly to try and prove the existence of God because it is impossible, or that proof denies faith, or that our brains are too small to comprehend God anyway so why bother?
You can similarly be totally convinced there is no god, and be an agnostic atheist, which means that even though you are sure you don't believe in god you nevertheless acknowledge that it is impossible to definitively prove a negative.
Gnostic theists believe in god and believe they have good evidence and can prove their belief. Gnostic atheists either believe the non-existence of god has been proven, or that it will be eventually. This isn't being pedantic. Words have meaning
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level 43
Feb 4, 2016
Frozenshade, I think you are confused in your explanations.
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level 77
Feb 4, 2016
frozenshade actually knows what he's talking about.
All of the above being said, though, English is a dynamic living language. Over time, if enough people misuse the same word over and over in a similarly incorrect way, eventually, they will update the definition in the dictionary to reflect this.
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level 77
Feb 4, 2016
Maybe you're right Kalbahamut. Let's say I'm an agnostic atheist then ^^.
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level 16
Nov 9, 2016
Kalbahamut, you say prayer will not be enough to get you anything, technically, HOWEVER, you are technically wrong (read the whole comment before replying). Imagine this: There is a club. This is a big club. An international club. An awesome club. You want to get into this club. However, to get into said club, the leader says you must pass initiation. What is initiation you ask? The leader says, "All you have to do is pray". So you pray, and they allow you to enter the club! Without praying, there was no way to legally and truthfully enter the club. Therefore! In a situation as random and unlikely as this, prayer would be enough to get you somewhere. So technically, your statement is wrong. Also, I shall point out unto you and everyone else, I am simply having fun. I'm not trying to start an internet brawl or anything. I am simply enjoying the ability to come up with random things like this, and post them on Jetpunk.com for others to read, and think I'm wierd. Have a good day good sir.
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level 77
Oct 18, 2017
There is no such club.
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level 19
Oct 19, 2017
There isn't?
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level 52
Jul 8, 2018
"A" = without "Gnosis" = knowledge. I don't know if there is life on other planets, but I don't necessarily doubt it, either.
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level ∞
Aug 1, 2018
After reading all these comments, the clue will stand. If people make an effort to interpret a short clue uncharitably they will always find a way in which it is "wrong". It is impossible, when dealing with dogma, to write a clue that is both succinct and technically accurate in all respects.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/atheism
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/agnosticism

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level 77
Nov 3, 2018
It's simply incorrect and it leaps out at you immediately if you know what the words mean. I wasn't expending effort to be uncharitable. It's wrong. Even if, as I've acknowledged, given enough time and enough incorrect usage it will eventually become right, and it's hard to say when that moment is.

More accurate clue would be:
Belief in god is to atheist as belief in the possibility to attain knowledge of god is to agnostic.

More succinct, less accurate:
Belief in god is to atheist as knowledge of god is to agnostic.

More succinct, even less accurate:
Theism is to atheist as knowledge is to agnostic; or god(s) is to atheist as knowledge is to agnostic
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level 75
Feb 4, 2016
Oh my God so did I!
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level 67
Nov 3, 2018
I also tried Method Man.
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level 76
Nov 4, 2018
I'm a Methodist so that one was easy for me, but many people don't know that Wesley was an Anglican minister. His critics at Oxford were the ones who first called his Christian group "methodists" because of the methodic and orderly way he and his brother Charles organized things. It eventually became a new denomination which pulled away from the Church of England but Wesley considered himself Anglican his entire life.
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level 29
Sep 29, 2013
Nice quiz! Only missed one, and I'd never heard of him.
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level 45
Oct 1, 2013
20/20 and I'm a godless heathen!
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level 43
Oct 8, 2013
I'm Orthodox, and I missed the question about Greek Orthodox! I kept trying to type in Mount Athos or Mt. Athos, because that is what I was thinking of. I didn't know where the ecumenical patriarch is located. And in many ways we Orthodox see the center of our faith - not in the ecumenical patriarch but in the monks on Mount Athos who are ceaselessly praying for the life of the world.
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level 72
Jun 19, 2014
Congratulations. First religion quiz I've seen with no comments claiming some aspect is offensive. You should try your hand at a politics quiz.
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level 67
Feb 4, 2016
As an atheist I find it offensive that Arp2600 states that atheism is a belief. Atheists know that all the different religions in the world are baseless beliefs set up by man to control the masses, gain power over the gullible and self aggrandisement.
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level 57
Sep 16, 2018
I'm an atheist and I don't know that religions were all set up to control the masses. They frequently have controlled the masses but I haven't seen any good evidence that they were ALL deliberately created to do that. Atheism is a belief. It doesn't make any difference that it is a correct one, or that it requires a negative in its definition.
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level 77
Nov 3, 2018
^yeah, what he said. I believe religions are a leading source of evil, misery, and suffering in the world, but I also find the belief that they were invented to control people to be pretty silly and naive. And though it's more accurate to call atheism a lack of belief, it's not that much different calling it a belief. It's a position on a single question.
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level 57
Jan 19, 2019
Yeah I've kind of changed my mind about the "atheism is a belief" thing. I have seen it defined as "not believing in any gods" more frequently now, which would make it not a belief, but a lack of belief. But if it is a position on a single question, that makes it a belief (i.e. the belief that this position on the question should be taken). Or maybe something else. But saying precisely what it is is kind of pointless.

There is something that matters in the definition of atheism, and it is whether people who are "not sure", or who are not certain that a god exists but who place the probability or face validity of the existence of a god higher than other claims with similar plausibility, should be considered to be atheists. In my experience these people generally call themselves agnostic, even though the term is used very differently by other people (for example, Richard Dawkins says he is "technically agnostic" because it is impossible to disprove the existence of a god).
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level 57
Jan 19, 2019
While some atheists would probably like to include these people in the definition of an atheist because they don't believe in a god and because it makes it more obvious that the burden of proof is on theists, I think that most people who identify as atheists are also "antitheists" (i.e. people who believe that there are no gods) or believe that the concept of a god is not well-defined enough for them to say, but who believe in the nonexistence of every god they have ever been presented with. Generally someone who thinks the probability of the existence of the Christian God or something closely resembling him is 50/50, but who believes that no other gods exist, will not call themselves an atheist, for example. I will therefore accept a range of definitions for "atheist", some of which involve a belief and some of which don't.
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level 73
Jun 14, 2019
That's not what an antitheist is - antitheists not only lack belief in the existence of god(s), but actually go a step further and hold that belief in god(s) is a bad thing.

So an atheist might not care whether other people believe, but an antitheist thinks that it is dangerous or harmful for others to believe.

I have identified as an anti-theist before, but in actuality I think some religions are not really a problem so more accurately I would be an anti-Abrahamist atheist.
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level 77
Feb 4, 2016
It may be a much better belief than all those set up religions, but it's still a belief if there are no proofs (and there aren't any...). Let's clarify that I'm a theoretical physicist and that I base my philosophy on the level of fundamental interactions, quantum mechanics, hyperspaces and so on...
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level 77
Feb 4, 2016
Anyway, my knowledge of English is definitely not good enough to discuss philosophy, so I prefer not to take part in those risky debates anymore. Sorry if I didn't express myself correctly and if I was offensive to anyone.
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level 48
Jun 21, 2014
Maybe I'm being needlessly pedantic, but it would make a bit more sense to me if it read "Esau is to Jacob" instead, since Aaron and Esau are both the elder brothers. But it's still pairs of brothers, so hey.
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level 51
Jun 6, 2015
This quiz was by no means difficult. Also, atheism is lack of belief in gods, but agnosticism isn't doubt. Agnosticism isn't even a position on belief- it's a position on knowledge. It means a person who thinks it is impossible to prove or know with certainty whether a god exists- it says nothing about whether that person believes in a god. Most people- atheist and theist alike- are agnostics.
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level 72
Feb 4, 2016
"Isis" these days is an unfortunate clue.
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level 77
Feb 4, 2016
The islamic state must find that acronym very offensive ^^.
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level 64
Feb 4, 2016
No pastafarian question, I'm deeply outraged.
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level 67
Feb 4, 2016
In the spirit of the long celebrated pedantry on Jetpunk, Quetzalcoatl seems to generally be associated more with the Aztecs. Although he/she/it had a Mayan equivalent(s), the name Quetzalcoatl comes from the Nahuatl language which is the language of the Aztecs.
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level 58
Feb 4, 2016
Yes, I thought this too, but thankfully the question didn't require that we guess Incas/Aztecs. It was clear enough that I got it.
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level 60
Nov 4, 2018
Gukumatz (of various spellings) is generally the Classical Mayan equivalent of Quetzalcoatl, though they do differ. Sure it's pedantic, but to someone who notices it, it's like saying Juno was Greek or Louis XIV was Danish.
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level 59
Feb 6, 2016
Pedantry level of this comment section: above bureaucracy
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level 28
Feb 6, 2016
Byzantium should be accepted as it was the name of Constantinople before it became the Eastern capital of the Roman empire. If Istanbul is accepted then I don't know why any other names for the same city shouldn't be accepted.
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level 71
Mar 1, 2016
Istanbul was Constantinople; now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople...
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level 55
Apr 19, 2016
If "Paradiso" is meant to be heaven is Spanish, then the corresponding answer should be "Infierno." That is hell in Spanish.
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level 66
Aug 19, 2016
It's Dante.
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level 73
Apr 9, 2017
So it's Italian, not Spanish
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level 55
May 19, 2016
You should add some alternative spellings for Zeus...
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level 48
Mar 10, 2018
Quetzalcoatl is not Mayan. He was the Aztec's main God.
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level 67
Aug 7, 2018
Thank God I´m an atheist
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level 73
Sep 13, 2018
Indeed - religion is the work of the devil
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level 57
Nov 3, 2018
Is scientology really a religion though....?
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level 55
Nov 3, 2018
In some places yes, in some no. If i'm not mistaking Germany is not accepting is a religion, but here (Netherlands) for example is.
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level 62
Nov 5, 2018
Nope, it's a pyramid scheme-cheap self help new age con-pretense of a cult.
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level 64
Feb 12, 2019
it has all the trappings of any other religion. books, meetings, sky-people, money laundering, every flavor of abuse that can be mentioned, etc. So yeah it qualifies.
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level 66
Nov 3, 2018
The Spanish for hell is INFIERNO - note second 'I'
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level 63
Nov 3, 2018
But this, I believe, is a reference to the work of Dante. An Italian.
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level 73
Jul 5, 2019
This is not the Spanish version of the quiz
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level 61
Nov 3, 2018
You should also accept "brother" for the nuns question. In fact, at least from a Catholic perspective, "brothers" is more correct than "monks" for an analogy to nuns. Monks live away from society, but most nuns do not. The nuns were an integral part of our parish when I grew up (as they are in most Catholic parishes). Most of them taught in the parish school. They collected donations, organized fundraisers, etc. They were often more involved in the community than the priests. The male version of a nun in this sense -- a person who takes vows and lives a life of worship and community service but is not a priest -- is a brother. The brothers are also teachers and also very involved in the church community. In fact, the Marianist brothers (the ones who taught me) identify their contributions to the community ("charism") as their defining quality. Also worth considering that nuns take the appellation "sister," as in "Sister Mary Clarence." That's no coincidence.
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level 55
Nov 3, 2018
Maybe nice to add one relating to anti-theism.
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level 47
Nov 3, 2018
Please accept shiv for shiva, as some hindus spell it shiv. Also, its pronounced shiv.
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level 50
Nov 4, 2018
I don't get the 'jihad' and 'Akbar' question - and I have googled it so please don't berate me for stupidity, just explain. I thought jihad was a holy war and Akbar the Great was an Emperor??
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level 49
Nov 5, 2018
Jihad means struggle which can be an internal struggle with your own personal problems. It is also used by extremist for armed struggle in the sense of holy war. But it is not the primal meaning of it. Akbar is often used beside Allah to mean "Allah is great".
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level 77
Nov 6, 2018
Jihad means holy war, or war waged to advance the cause of Islam (often poorly translated by Western Muslim apologist white washers as "personal spiritual struggle"). Akbar means great.
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level 61
Nov 8, 2018
1.) Taoism is the antiquated spelling. While Daoism is accepted, it should be the displayed spelling, and "taoism" should be the accepted alternative, especially since you use the spelling Laozi instead of Lao-Tzu. 2.) "Akbar," especially in the implied context, means "Greater," not just "Great." It should be displayed as such. "Great" can still be an accepted answer. 3.) Since this quiz is about multiple religions, you should use "Hebrew Scriptures" instead of "Old Testament."
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level 53
Feb 25, 2019
It's a trap
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level 48
Apr 30, 2019
Quetzalcoatl is Aztec, not Mayan