Can the Enneagram Itself Save Us?

French secular philosopher Luc Ferry, in his book A Brief History of Thought, proposed that every human, religious or not, seeks salvation: “If religions can be defined as ‘doctrines of salvation’, the great philosophies can also be defined as doctrines of salvation (but without the help of a God).” Ferry points out that every philosophical […]

Does Using Personality Categories do More Harm Than Good?

Categorizing our world is an embedded practice in our lives more than we think. As we go to the library to find a book, discuss different animal species with our kids, browse the paint swatches at the local home improvement store, garden in the backyard with different kinds of seeds, or study systematic theology, we […]

Is the Enneagram Redeemable if it has Mixed Sources?

Knowing that the Enneagram is infused with spiritual significance from a plurality of religious sources the critics have asked: Is the Enneagram redeemable for Christians? From my own observation, the self-knowledge that the Enneagram brings is eerily accurate. Why is that? I believe that the very best of what we’ve received about the Enneagram that […]

Does The Enneagram Focus Too Much on Self?

Author Sheryl Sandberg hit the nail on the head when she said, “We cannot change what we are not aware of.” It’s true: no self-awareness, no growth. John Calvin understood this and famously began his Institutes of the Christian Religion with, “Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid wisdom, consists almost […]

Is the Enneagram a Christian-based Tool?

Some Enneagram authors have claimed that the roots of the Enneagram can be traced back to the Christian monk Evagrius as well as the Desert Fathers and Mothers of the Fourth Century. It’s hard to know for sure because there isn’t a lot of clear evidence, but here’s a very brief overview of what we […]

Is The Enneagram Dangerous as a Spiritual Tool?

Pastor Kevin DeYoung, a vocal critic of the Enneagram, pointed out that what he thinks is most troubling about the Enneagram is that it’s been “infused with spiritual significance.” He makes the case that if the Enneagram were just another StrengthsFinder tool it would’t be a big deal. But, because of its mixed spiritual sources, […]