03 June 2008

Church fathers


I did this quiz at Mike Aquilina's site, The Way of the Fathers. I had taken this quiz about a year ago and thought I'd see if my results are the same. The first result I got was Origen. When I was at St. Thomas, I did take a class about the early church and learned about Origen. Just don't think I'm very much like him.

You are Origen!

You do nothing by half-measures. If you’re going to read the Bible, you want to read it in the original languages. If you’re going to teach, you’re going to reach as many souls as possible, through a proliferation of lectures and books. If you’re a guy and you’re going to fight for purity … well, you’d better hide the kitchen shears.

Changed a few of my answers, and got someone I don't know much about:

You are St. Melito of Sardis!

You have a great love of history and liturgy. You’re attached to the traditions of the ancients, yet you recognize that the old world — great as it was — is passing away. You are loyal to the customs of your family, though you do not hesitate to call family members to account for their sins.

And, here I thought I was Eusebius...

9 comments:

Vincenzo said...

"You are St. Jerome!

You’re a passionate Christian, fiercely devoted to Jesus Christ and his Church. You are willing to labor long hours in the Lord’s vineyard, and you have little patience with those who are less willing or able to work as you do. Your passions often carry you into temptation zones of wrath, lust, and pride."

In January when I took the quiz I was St. Justin Martyr.

swissmiss said...

V:
When I took the quiz before, I was St. Justin Martyr too.

Ray from MN said...

I think Saint Shopping must be a sin, a big sin. Kinda like cheating on test, wouldn't you think.

I think I'll take that test. Let's see, who do I want to be. . . . . .?

Ray from MN said...

You are St. Melito of Sardis!

Who the heck is he?

You have a great love of history and liturgy. You’re attached to the traditions of the ancients, yet you recognize that the old world — great as it was — is passing away. You are loyal to the customs of your family, though you do not hesitate to call family members to account for their sins.

But I gotta admit that it's not a bad match.

I'd better do some research on him. But I hope he had a great nickname, like "Hammer of the Moors" or something like that. Melito just doesn't cut it in the 21st century.

swissmiss said...

Ray:
You are so old school with all that talk of guilt and sin! I wasn't shopping for a saint, it was a case of practice makes perfect or if at first you don't succeed, try, try again :)

Ray from MN said...

Swissie:

You, the chemist, don't subscribe to the old school?

What would you do with your pipettes and beakers if it were not for Thales of Miletus, Empedocles of Acragas, Raymundus Lullus, Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus and all the others who taught you all that you know?

Better things for better living, through chemistry, as they say. But the old school taught them that.

swissmiss said...

Ray:
I am old school :)

However, a chemist is not a chemical engineer and vice versa (those are fighting words for most chemical engineers!).

For example, a chemist might discover a new drug, but the chemical engineer will develop the process to scale-up and mass produce the drug, including the factory, equipment and facilities. Chemists might discover a chemical to etch aluminum, but the chemical engineer will find the application for the etch chemical or develop the process to include that chemical in a series of process steps. Not hard and fast rules, but good generalizations.

I've only ever heard of Thales, but only in the context of a company I ran across back when I was working. Never heard of the rest!

Kit Brookside said...

Yeah, I did this one a week or so ago. I'm Tertullian. Not real pleased...a prolific writer and lawyer...who died a heretic.

If they did the women Doctors, I think our odds would be much better and more pleasant...

Kit Brookside said...

Here we go - I did it again:

"You’re Tertullian!

You possess many gifts, but patience isn’t one of them. You’re tough on yourself — and on others. You’re independent, too, and you don’t like to be told what to do. You wish the Church would be a little tighter in discipline. As for the pagans, you’ve pretty much written them off. Sometimes you think the Church would be a better place if you were in charge."

(True, true...but the heretic thing - he became the equivalent of a Pentecostal - stings a bit!)