You have a

Paradoxical FaithStyle

You believe truths are unlocked by exploring opposing ideas.
For you the tension between widely different perspectives is good.
You know there is evidence of God being active through unlikely places and people
For you the direction of life is guided by simplicity and humanity.
You are guided by living in open acceptance, curiosity, and love for all that is.
You are letting go of the need to understand everything
You strive to create spaces where people who are different can be included.
You embrace mystery through multiple perspective taking and diverse practices.

Paradoxical Faith

The answers you gave, helped us identify your faith style. From the combination of your answers, we can tell that your faith is Paradoxical

Introduction

People with Paradoxical faith are multi-perspective believers.
They re-examine faith, embracing paradox and seeking deeper truths

For people in a Conventional FaithStyle, faith is more than just Bible stories, it is about higher ideas. For them faith is no longer simple unrelated stories and rituals. They now see the Bible stories and Religious rituals as part of a more connected narrative about values and morals. They have the ability to see layers of meaning in the stories, rituals and symbols of their faith.
Conventional believers have the ability to see things from someone else’s viewpoint. They can thus also imagine what others think about them and their faith.
People in a Conventional FaithStyle claim their faith as their own. Faith is no longer just being what the people around them do.
The matter of religious authority is important to people in a Conventional FaithStyle. For them authority usually resides with important adults in their lives, friends and religious community. For them, religious power resides mostly outside of them personally.

We need to look beyond the denominational and religious differences to find the ultimate reality.

Each person has a unique FaithStyle, very much like a fingerprint. The Light FaithStyle Assessment you completed only identified that you primarily use Conventional Faith as a starting point for your faith. 

Aspects of a Paradoxical FaithStyle

Engage:

How you relate to God

You believe truths are unlocked by exploring opposing ideas.

Embody:

How you communicate your faith

For you the tension between widely different perspectives is good.

Care:

How you relate to the Environment

You know there is evidence of God being active through unlikely places and people

Centre:

How you relate to life’s purpose

For you the direction of life is guided by simplicity and humanity.

Accept:

How you relate to Myself

You are guided by living in open acceptance, curiosity, and love for all that is.

Flourish:

How you relate to healty living

You are letting go of the need to understand everything

Embrace:

How you relate to people around you

You strive to create spaces where people who are different can be included.

Nurture:

How I relate to the faith community

You embrace mystery through multiple perspective taking and diverse practices.

Descriptions

Read the expanded descriptions below

Engage: How you relate to God

You believe truths are unlocked by exploring opposing ideas.
People with a Paradoxical FaithStyle are at a stage in their lives where they seek to connect the dots of their faith journey. They seek to combine the seemingly paradoxical aspects of life and faith. They want to embrace the paradox which is life and re-examine truths they previously embraced quite tightly. When making decisions People with a Paradoxical FaithStyle are open to contradictions.
People with a Paradoxical FaithStyle explore problems from different perspectives to help them see the complexity.

Embody: How you communicate your faith

For you the tension between widely different perspectives is good.
People with a Paradoxical FaithStyle are at a stage in their life where you are becoming more aware of the Mystery in all of life.  This awareness leads to a deep sense of okay-ness. They feel more and more whole and at peace. This feeling of being adequate enables them to accept and believe what cannot be fully understood or explained. 

Care: How you relate to the environment

You know there is evidence of God being active through unlikely places and people
When talking to people believers with a Paradoxical FaithStyle focus on the deeper truths behind their words. They are less and less upset by mismatches. They are trying to find their way through many different systems, some even contradicting others. For people with a Paradoxical FaithStyle faith is multi-faceted.

Center: How you relate to life’s purpose

For you the direction of life is guided by simplicity and humanity.
People with a Paradoxical FaithStyle’s faith goes hand in hand with an ability to rest in solitude. It also leads to compassion, even with people who are very different than you. They find themselves reconnecting to old faith communities. It feels as if they are moving into a post-critical phase of faith.

Accept: How you relate to yourself

You are guided by living in open acceptance, curiosity, and love for all that is.
People with a Paradoxical FaithStyle are becoming more comfortable living with contradictions. They are less unsettled by shortcomings in themselves and others.
They are less struggling and questioning on their journey of faith. It feels much more comfortable now.
People with a Paradoxical FaithStyle have found some answers, they life and love. But they are also comfortable knowing that some answers might never be easily found.
They are discovering that these other perspectives do not push them away from their own faith.
People with a Paradoxical FaithStyle, however, have a feeling that this openness is moving them to be more simple on the one hand and also more fully human on the other. This makes it easier to relate to people with different faith styles than their own, without condescension.

Flourish: How you relate to healty living

You are letting go of the need to understand everything
People with a Paradoxical FaithStyle are discovering that they are putting their faith more and more into action, challenging the status quo and working towards justice in the world.
They tend to think of their problems or questions through a number of perspectives.
People with a Paradoxical FaithStyle often use a range of different ways to examine issues. They use different points of view when seeking clarity.
They are open to experience complexity. 

Embrace: How you relate to people around you

You strive to create spaces where people who are different can be included.
People with a Paradoxical FaithStyle spend less time on individual self-reflection. They are developing a sense of the importance of other people and relationships on their path of growth.
They find that they are much more open to other people’s perspectives on faith and life.
People with a Paradoxical FaithStyle are realising that their perspectives can inform and deepen their own. They make an effort to see themselves and what they believe through the eyes of other people. They accept that other people’s point of view differ from theirs. They feel less and less driven to defend their own perspectives.

Nurture: How you relate to the faith community

You embrace mystery through multiple perspective taking and diverse practices.
People with a Paradoxical FaithStyle are discovering that mystery and disciplines are helping them practice multiple perspective-taking. They are no longer seeking one unifying system to order all their ideas. They trust those insights will grow if they stay in the process. They are becoming more and more cautious of closed definitions. They follow and imitate gurus only when they understand multiple perspective-taking.

Fears & Drivers

Discover the fears specific to your FaithStyle as well as the deep drivers of how you believe.

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