Are you a: Golden Retriever, Otter, Beaver, or Lion? How about: Negotiator, Explorer, Architect, or Builder? Are you an: INTP, ISTP, INTF, ISTF, INFP, INTP, INTF, INFP, ENTP, ESTP, ENTF, ESTF, ENFP, ENTP, ENTF, or ENFP? What does your Enneagram look like?
Okay, you get the point. Or in case you don't, it's this: we have developed all kinds of systems to categorize our personality types. And I seem to keep running across new ones all the time (the most recent one I've learned about? The FIRO-B personality assessment tool). People devote entire careers to developing this stuff.
I am fascinated by personality tests, myself. Often because I never quite fall straight into one box. Or I fall into one box one year, then I take the test again a year later and I come out as something else. Which I suppose is a good indicator that we can never quite capture and put in a box beings as complex as us humans. (Plus, I love defying categorization!)
But here's the thing: no matter which system of categorization you look at, each personality type has strengths and weaknesses, is well suited for some things, and less well suited for others. So I started wondering recently if there are specific personality types that are drawn to, and thrive in, religious/faith systems. And if there are, by extension, other personality types that are repelled by the same.
For instance, I am someone who generally doesn't like authority or otherwise being bossed around. Given that, I'm a little surprised that I spent so many years not questioning the church authority that taught me things like "girls can't be pastors." (I guess I'm making up for all of that compliance now!) And I am dating someone whose personality is very logic-driven; he rejects that which cannot be explained logically or for which there is not hard evidence. Sorta like Special Agent Fox Mulder on The X Files.
Yet there are also personality types out there that really appreciate hierarchy and authority; that respond to and thrive within clearly delineated power structures; that are more driven by feelings than by logic; that are willing to believe in the supernatural or who regularly report having had experiences with the supernatural. Like Special Agent Dana Scully, perhaps.
Now: if the Christian argument is that God created each of us uniquely (and by implication imbued us with our basic personality characteristics), why would he have created some portion of the population with personalities that are hard wired to have a hard time believing in Him? That, thanks to genetics, tend to reject things that cannot be directly observed or tested?
I suppose this is another take on the question of why God would create beings that he knows will reject him and therefore go to hell. But instead of rehashing that conversation (at least for the time being), let me pose this question: which, if any, personality types do you think are more drawn toward belief in God, and which ones are repelled by it? Is there anything in your basic personality that draws you toward, or repels you away from God?