A Gathering Voices Post by TheThoughtfulChristian.com Team
Here are a few questions to use either in a group setting or individually after reading The Answer to Bad Religion Is Not No Religion by Martin Thielen.
1. Have you experienced good religion and bad religion? How have those experiences shaped your interactions with church? With your faith?
2. The author provides a list of examples of bad religions at the end of chapter 5 (pages 38 and 39 in the print version of the book). Have you experienced any of these examples in your church? What made you realize this was “bad religion?"
3. Have you ever walked away from religion, or wondered if no religion would be better than bad religion? If so, what was it like to practice no religion?
4. The author says bad religion knows it is it against, like gays, gambling, and drinking. If you have experience with good religion, is good religion ever against anything? And what, in your belief, is good religion for?
5. Many who have experienced bad religion find the term “evangelism” problematic. Thielen names three ways in which churches can engage in evangelism that embodies good religion: life-style evangelism, relational evangelism, invitation evangelism. How does your church engage in these evangelisms? How might you?
Do you have any discussion/reflection questions of your own? Share them below in the comment box - we'd love to hear from you!