Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Conversation or Confrontation? Thoughts on Bill Maher's "Religulous"

Holly's latest blog entry on Today's Christian Woman magazine's website is now up:

To ponder:
1) When you discuss your faith, is it more often a conversation or a confrontation?

2) Do you think confrontation is an effective way of sharing your faith?

3) Consider the expertise of your Christian friends. How could specific friends educate you on topics relating to faith and the church?

4) Have you ever referred a spiritual seeker to a Christian friend when you couldn't answer the seeker's question? Make a list of your Christian friends who might serve as good resources (e.g. professional counselors, apologists, scientists, pastors, those who've experienced suffering such as illness or loss, folks who are able to articulate their faith well, folks who are willing to share their testimonies).

1 comment:

Brooke said...

I don't plan to see this movie. I don't care for Maher's style of comedic snobbery. I do think that there is a lot in American cultural Christianity that "asks for it" such as an Orlando Bible theme park. I think if we Christians all could take a step back and try to view ourselves the way many others may view our evangelical sub-culture, we might understand why it may seem strange and laughable at times. So sometimes it is good when someone holds up a mirror, even if the mirror is somewhat distorted. What I dislike about Maher's approach however, and what makes his type of work so distasteful is that those who have a serious, well thought out faith and practice, automatically get lumped in with the crazies. That is what he intends. He is first of all an entertainer who makes a pretty good living off his snarkiness. He is not going to ask serious questions to serious people because that is not what he is about.