Conversations – Part 2



Norman and David Geisler suggest the use of questions.  They can clarify where there are areas of confusion.  Practice here with asking a question to some famous people who have had things to say about faith.  Below are quotes and a space following the Q for you to think of a good question to ask.



  1. “In other words, our form of government has no sense unless it is founded in a deeply felt religious faith, and I don’t care what it is.” – Dwight Eisenhower: Address at the Freedoms Foundation, Waldorf-Astoria, New York, NY, 12/22/52



  1. “There never was a good war or a bad peace.” -Benjamin Franklin (from Humble Libertarian website)



  1. Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time. — Richard Dawkins,  from Brainy Quote (



  1. The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.” ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos




  1. All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives. — Dalai Lama- from Brainy Quote


“Maybe so…”

Bethany is 106 year old church, and so from a study of our history I heard the story of Pastor Rom, who was pastor here for 33 years from the 20s to the 50s.  One such story is that when someone would say something controversial, or odd, or that he might not agree with, he would say “Maybe so.”

Recently I was buttonholed by a visitor who informed me that James wrote while under the Law and Paul wrote while under Grace, that is why we should listen more to Paul than to James, the legalist.
Since such a dogmatic reading of the text (dividing Paul from James based on dispensations) seemed to me to be foreign to the text, I have a “Maybe so” answer.  I did, however, move beyond the Rom Method when I pointed out that Paul and James were in agreement on the Gospel at the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15).

I found a study guide on James that made a lot out of James being a Nazarite, over a rather obscure line of argument – to this too I say “maybe so.”

Shall we let the biblical text speak, and read fewer footnotes?  Maybe so.