NAPALM ALERT: Which Church Father are you?

Over at our friend and fellow NAPALMer Mike Aquilina’s place The Way of the Fathers there is an interesting quiz.

Which Church Father are you?

Go spike his stats and take the quiz.

Fun!

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52 Responses to NAPALM ALERT: Which Church Father are you?

  1. Bruce says:

    I am St. Justin Martyr!

  2. You’re 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.

  3. Rollo says:

    I am Melito of Sardis ! He was one of the most ”conservative” Church fathers, I must be ”very” conservatvive !

    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.

  4. Braadwijk says:

    I’m St. Justin Martyr!

  5. Fr. Finelli: Why am I not surprised?

  6. You are St. Justin Martyr!

    You have a positive and hopeful attitude toward the world. You think that nature, history, and even the pagan philosophers were often guided by God in preparation for the Advent of the Christ. You find “seeds of the Word” in unexpected places. You’re patient and willing to explain the faith to unbelievers.

  7. You’re 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.

    Interesting, since alot of my family are fallen away, and I find myself constantly trying to get them to their senses. I am also as far as most 29 yr olds, old fashioned.

    Funny how these online tests can be frighteningly accurate!

  8. Bailey Walker says:

    You’re St. Melito of Sardis!

    Great quiz. Thank you. Always great fun.

  9. Gloria says:

    Being a woman, I can’t be a Church “Father,” but in truth, St. Melito of Sardis and I have a lot in common. I don’t hesitate to call family members into account and I love history and liturgy, proclaiming them to all and sundry whether they want to hear or not.

  10. Fr. Z – What Church Father are you?

  11. Theodorus says:

    Origen!

  12. Jason says:

    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.

    He sounds like a swell guy!

  13. Saint Jerome.

    No apologies to Saint Augustine.

  14. Megan says:

    You’re 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.

    Yes, Fr. Z, who are you?!

  15. Denise says:

    St. Jerome!

  16. Genna says:

    St. Justin Martyr (but actually I’m more St. Jerome vis. the temptations, especially spiritual pride). The confessional beckons.

  17. Phil (NL) says:

    Could it be there are only three options? (St. Justin Martyr, St. Jerome, St. Melito of Sardis) Or are the wdtrps crowd really that alike…

    (can’t be bothered to go through all the combinations to check if there are really three)

  18. Phil (NL) says:

    Ha, there is a 4th option:

    ————–

    You are 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.

  19. Andrew, UK and sometimes Canada says:

    St Melito of Sardis…bodes well for the history doctorate. I also like that he’s an Eastern saint.

    Gospodi pomilui.

  20. fxavier says:

    Nestorius..?.?.. just kidding..

    I got St. Melito as well.

  21. N.B. Moore says:

    St. Jerome!

  22. Lori Ehrman says:

    Another St. Melito!

  23. Lourdes says:

    St. Melito! There seems to be a thread running through WDTPRS readers.

  24. Edward Martin says:

    I am 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.

    Just not too sure about the kitchen shears…

  25. jarhead462 says:

    I am St. Jerome.
    (that was fun!)

    Semper Fi!

  26. Choirmaster says:

    St. Melito of Sardis

    I am sorry to say that, after reading the blurb, I’m not surprised. Looks like I’m in like-minded company, too!

  27. Templar says:

    Oh my, another St. Melito of Sardis here.

  28. Roland de Chanson says:

    I am Julian the Apostate! :-(

    Actually, Justin Martyr. The description of Origen was spot on: You do nothing by half-measures. Ouch!

  29. snowy says:

    I am Tertullian.

  30. Helen Donnelly says:

    I’m Melito of Sardis. Uncannily accurate description of me!

  31. PNP, OP says:

    St Justin Martyr here. . .well, errrmmmmm…I took the test again and gave honest answers: St Jerome. I knew that stuff about “patience” in the Justin Martyr description didn’t sound right! Fr. Philip, OP

  32. Quantitative Metathesis says:

    St. Jerome!

  33. rosie says:

    St. Jerome. Knew that before I took the quiz. :) and :(

  34. Steve K. says:

    I am St. Melito of Sardis.

    I did choose that I’d hit my heretical co-worker with a mallet and question his masculinity. Did St. Melito do this?

  35. fra paolo says:

    Another St Jerome here.

  36. fra paolo says:

    I meant St Justin Martyr. (No wonder I got ‘think then post’ anti-spam this time round. The Lord moves in meaningful ways, his wonders to perform.)

  37. Karen Russell says:

    St. Melito of Sardis strikes again!

    (And no, I did not choose the “hit them over the head with a mallet” option, or however it was worded.)

    The description was uncannily closer to home than many of these fun Internet quizzes.

    I’m guessing that St. Melito, were he alive today, would also be following this blog very closely.

  38. Margaret says:

    Origen. I wasn’t in very much agreement with several of the answers, though…

  39. Christa says:

    I am St. Justin Martyr

    You have a positive and hopeful attitude toward the world. You think that nature, history, and even the pagan philosophers were often guided by God in preparation for the Advent of the Christ. You find “seeds of the Word” in unexpected places. You’re patient and willing to explain the faith to unbelievers.

    Interestingly, my degree is in geology and I am an avid gardener, pet-owner, and bird-feeder. I also read history.

  40. David Grondz says:

    No surprise here: St. Melito of Sardis.

  41. RBrown says:

    St Augustine. One of my (and Fr Z’s) profs said that Augustine was a man who would feel comfortable in the Officers’ Club.

    Of course, the problem is that Officers’ Clubs don’t exist anymore.

  42. Thomas says:

    St Melito, I definatly love history

  43. Mila says:

    Another St. Melito here. I wonder, does this say anything about us?

  44. Christina says:

    So since when is intractable liturgical conservatism a guilty pleasure…?

    St. Melito it is!

  45. Edward Martin says:

    There are so many St. Melito’s here I think I might be on the wrong blog. Anyone know where the St. Origen crowd hangs out?

  46. Sharon says:

    St Justin Martyr here. Happy with that.

  47. Charivari Rob says:

    I came in with St. Melito.

    My wife took the test and got St. Origen.

  48. Roland de Chanson says:

    Charivari Rob: My wife took the test and got St. Origen.

    Unfortunately, Origen is not a saint either of the Roman Catholic or of the Orthodox Church. His trinitarian teachings were at best heterodox and his promotion of the heresy of apokatastasis, not to mention his out-skoptsying the Skoptsy, put him on the slow track for canonization. No Santo Subito he but rather Santo Non Ancora.

  49. John Polhamus says:

    How I got Origen I’ll never know. I’m hardly what one would call heterodox…but he can’t be all bad!

  50. Trevor says:

    Origen

  51. Byzshawn says:

    Yay! St. Jerome. Now where did I put my mallet?

  52. PaulJason says:

    Origen