What's Your Spiritual Type?

The quiz is meant to help you learn about yourself, see how you compare with others, and have a little fun. Select the answer that is most nearly true for you.


You are a Sage

You are a Sage, characterized by a thinking or head spirituality. You value responsibility, logic, and order. Maybe that’s why you were voted “Most Dependable” by your high school classmates. Structure and organization are important to you. What would the world be like without you? Chaos, that’s what! Your favorite words include “should,” “plan,” and “be prepared.”

Sages have a philosophical bent: you are looking for the pattern that explains the great questions of why things happen. You tend to be drawn toward organizations that preserve and share the traditions and values you believe in and pass on. Sages value order in the form of taxonomies of knowledge, databases of research, libraries of information.

Sages represent the Wisdom tradition in the biblical literature found in Ecclesiastes, Proverbs and in the debate of Job. Paul also took the wisdom-seeking of philosophy and argued that Christ was the true revelation of the order behind the world (e.g. Colossians 1:17: “In him all things hold together.”)

Sages are thinkers and writers. Because you love words, written or spoken, you enjoy a good lecture, serious discussions, and theological reflection. Prayer for you is often verbal. You thrive on activity and gatherings of people, such as study groups. Sages on retreat likely would fill every day with planned activities, leaving little time for silence or solitude.

If you are a sage, you are idealistic, though your idealism is formed around words and concepts more than marching in the streets. You value the power of an idea to change the world, and love to share your ideas in classrooms or coffee shops.

You might appreciate Romans or Corinthians as special biblical books that seek to express the gospel in a logical exposition. Spiritual practices that appeal to you might include lectio divina, journaling, or praying the divine hours. In order to balance your intellectual side, you might want to do something physical, like yoga or gardening.

We need Sages for your clear thinking and orderly ways. You pay attention to details that others overlook. Sages make contributions to education, publishing, and theology. You often are the ones who feel a duty to serve, give, care, and share with the rest of us.

On the other hand, sometimes you seem unfeeling, too intellectual, or dry. (Can you say “dogmatic”?) You may need to experience the freedom of breaking a rule or two every now and then. God’s grace covers Sages too, you know!

Famous Sages:

Solomon, Quoheleth (writer of Ecclesiastes), Paul, Matthew, Moses Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Buddha, Confucius, Benjamin Franklin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Soren Kierkegaard Maya Angelou, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Albus Dumbledore, Bill Moyers, Warren Buffet

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