FAQs 1.1 Why is religion a thing?

To begin…

What points gave you new insight to this topic?

What ideas caught your attention in this episode?

What did you have a strong reaction to?

What surprised you?

What’s new for you?

What points reinforced your own understanding about this topic?

What do you have questions about?

To go deeper…

In your experience what is special about going to church?

What aspects of a church community make it religious?

Identify particular things about your parish/school/agency that are especially effective in “binding” the community to each other.

Peter Kline discusses the nature of a human desire for God - “our natural wiring towards God?”  “Is it located in the mind is it located in the emotions, is it located in the body or some combination of all of those things?”

Identify questions that you have asked/wondered about/heard others ask about religion. Is God at the end of all those questions? How would you answer them?

How would an ad agency deal with promoting our “natural wiring towards God”?

“Religions have grown up to provide people with a big framework through which they make sense of their lives.” (Archbishop Phillip Aspinall) To what extent to do you agree? Think of other ways humans make sense of their lives?

If theology is ‘organised thinking about God’, can religion be said to be ‘organised doing about God’?