In a recent posting I mentioned some workshops I recently conducted based on my book, Bridging the God Gap. I was surprised by the way participants reacted to the “Hot Potatoes” part of the program, in which we practiced replying to provocative comments about theology.
I invite you to try this process yourself. It has two parts; we’ll go through the first part today, and the second part on June 5. Part one involves responding to two hypothetical situations:
1. Imagine that you are a Christian, and an atheist family member sarcastically compares God to Santa Claus. How could you respond in a constructive manner? What could you say? Write down the best reply you can think of.
(If you are not a Christian, try to imagine what it would be like for someone who follows this religion to hear this “hot potato” comment, and how such an individual could respond.)
2. You are an atheist, and your mother says she cries every night because you are going to hell. Again, write down the best reply you can think of. If you are not an atheist, try to imagine what it would be like for someone who doesn’t believe in God to deal with this remark.
Important: Don’t just think about how you could respond constructively to these two hot-button comments. Actually write down your reply, and post these as comments if you wish.
To be continued …
Roger Christan Schriner
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