Last week we decided to raise a rather sensitive topic to find out how far we can go. Based on a thought-provoking article, we set the goal of discussing all the possible aspects of religion.
“The False Equation: Religion Equals Morality”. However obvious this message might seem, it served as a perfect debate starter. Before diving into the matter, we took a piece of wise advice from Balázs, that is, we should primarily distinguish between faith, religion and the church. We subsequently formed groups of two and started approaching the topic from numerous perspectives. Besides commenting on the article, we collected a bunch of reasonable questions.
- What is it like to be raised on the Bible?
- Do you attend a religious service on a regular basis?
- If so, what does it give to you?
- Is there a difference in terms of moral values between a religious and a non-religious person?
- Have you ever encountered an extreme situation with regard to religion?
(E.g. someone tried to convert you in a sly manner.)
- Is it possible in the 21st century to live our lives following the “rules” of the scripture?
The last one was brought in by Enikő. She recommended an article about A. J. Jacobs, a man who decided to live one year of his life according to the Bible. We could even take a look at his book The Year of Living Biblically.
Although the topic was meant to be provocative, the tone of the conversations stayed moderate all along. Everybody seemed to be cautious and respectful.
In the remaining hour we continued to play Alibi.