Christian Round Winners [Turing 2013]

You may want to keep this year’s answer key and list of entries in the Christian round handy while you read the results.

The top three scorers (as measured by the percent of  Christians rating the entry “Very Likely Christian”) were all genuine Christians.  Beth (entry 6) was most likely to be judged very likely Christian (77% of judges).  Following her were Gilbert (entry 9 – 58%) and Brendan Hodge (entry 11 – 43%).

But the next three entrants were all atheists.  Chana Messinger (entry 4) got 33% of Christians to rate her Very Likely Christian, and she was closely followed by Guy (entry 2 – 32%) and Steve (entry 5 – 29%).  Chris Hallquist (entry 10) turns up on the leaderboard after two more true Christians, but, although more Christians rated him as Christian than atheist (57% very likely Christian + likely Christian), his very likely Christian number was below 25% (i.e. if the votes were uniformly distributed).

And Christian H. (entry 3) was the least believed Christian to the Christians.  Only 11% found him to be very likely Christian, and fewer than half guessed Christian at all.  He was followed by Joy (the ambiguous case) and Ozy (the last remaining atheist).

Below, you can see the Very Likely Christian and Likely Christian ratings for all the contestants.  They are ranked from highest percentage guessing Very Likely Christian to lowest.  The real Christians are lightly shaded, while the atheists are in full color fill.

I’d like to give an additional credit to Christian H, who was the entrant that the highest proportion of atheists wanted to have coffee with, after reading his entry.  Among Christians, the two most sought after authors were Beth Z and Gilbert.

 

Much credit to this Excel tutorial on how to recover pattern fill functionality.  I used Andy Pope’s add-in.

About Leah Libresco

Leah Anthony Libresco graduated from Yale in 2011. She works as a statistician for a school in Washington D.C. by day, and by night writes for Patheos about theology, philosophy, and math at www.patheos.com/blogs/unequallyyoked. She was received into the Catholic Church in November 2012."

  • stanz2reason

    Geeze… Beth. Good Job. 77% ‘Very Likely’ is impressive.

  • Kristen inDallas

    I’d say good on Guy as well. He knew his stuff well enough to fool 3 in 4.

    • Slow Learner

      Thanks! I am waiting with bated breath to see if I convinced as many atheists that I’m a real one…

      • Martha O’Keeffe

        You certainly fooled me; you had me convinced you were at least an Episcopalian, if not Church of England. Congratulations!

        • http://thinkinggrounds.blogspot.com/ Christian H

          See, as an Anglican, I wasn’t fooled. I suspect that faking Anglican among Catholics is a good strategy.

          • Slow Learner

            That, Christian, was exactly what I suspected – I never thought that I could fool a primarily Anglican audience, but the chance of that tripping me up with Leah’s readership seemed slim.

  • Martha O’Keeffe

    Woo-hoo! I got Christian H. right as a Christian (though I imagine I went “Likely Christian” rather than “Very Likely Christian”).
    Ironically, I seem to have done worse with the more orthodox (either Christian or atheist) guesses than I did with the more progressive ones :-)

  • Niemand

    I just want to say, “Hah, I nailed you Halliquist.” Can’t remember what, if anything, I said on anyone else, though, so can’t really claim a good identification rate…I wonder if there’s any relationship between one’s beliefs and one’s ability to correctly identify a person as Christian/atheist on this test.


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