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Sacred Pathways (B) 14th January, 2009

Posted by Scotty in Life.

sacredpathways1Here a some brief quotes describing each of the 9 spiritual temperaments in Gary Thomas’ book:

1. Naturalists: Loving God Out of Doors

“They would prefer to leave any building, however beautiful or austere, to pray to God beside a river… When they are out of doors, their heart soars to worship God” (p22)

2. Sensates: Loving God with the Senses

“They are drawn particularly to the liturgical, the majestic, the grand.  When these Christians worship, they want to be filled with sights, sounds, and smells that overwhelm them.” (p23)

3. Traditionalists: Loving God Through Ritual and Symbol

“They are fed by what are often termed the historic dimensions of faith: rituals, symbols, sacraments, and sacrifice… Experiencing the same ritual week after week deepens [their] understanding of the faith and [their] commitment to it.” (p24, 25)

4. Ascetics: Loving God in Solitude and Simplicity

“Ascetics want nothing more than to be left alone in prayer… Let their be nothing to distract them.  They thrive on a highly disciplined faith.” (p25)

5. Activists: Loving God through Confrontation

“These Christians often view church as a place to recharge their batteries so they can go back into the world to wage war against injustice” (p26)

6. Caregivers: Loving God by Loving Others

“They often claim to see Christ in the poor and needy, and their faith is built up by interacting with other people… Whereas caring for others may wear many of us down, this recharges a caregiver’s battery” (p27)

7. Enthusiasts: Loving God with Mystery and Celebration

“These Christians are cheerleaders for God and the Christian life… If they don’t experience God’s power something is missing.  They don’t want to just know concepts, but to experience them, to feel them, and to be moved by them” (p28)

8. Contemplatives: Loving God through Adoration

“They refer to God as their love, and images of a living Father and Bridegroom predominate their view of God.  These Christians seek to love God with the purest, deepest, and brightest love imaginable.”  (p28)

9. Intellectuals: Loving God with the Mind

“They are likely to be studying… these Christians live in the world of concepts.  They may feel closest to God when they first understand something new about him.” (p29)



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