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


Conversations – part 1

geislerI am using “Conversational Evangelism: how to listen and speak so you can be heard” by Norman and David Geisler in the adult class.  The first class was on the importance of listening.  I developed this worksheet from their book.  Take the quiz!

The authors say that we need to develop skills of listening.  They indicate that  there are four kinds of contradictions in what people say.

  • Belief & Heart: Their beliefs contradict their heart’s desire. (H)
  • Belief & Behavior: Their beliefs contradict their behavior. (B)
  • Belief & Mind: They hold contractor beliefs (M)
  • Belief & Logic: They believe something illogical. (L)

Indicate below by the letters (H, B, M or L) what kind of sour note is involved below.

___ “There is no absolute truth; everything is relative.”

___  “I long to achieve Nirvana, where I will lose all my identity.”

___   “I believe in survival of the fittest, but I try to life a good life.”

___  “Always avoid making absolute statements.”

___   A car with a Darwin Fish and a “World Peace” bumper sticker.

___ “I believe in Jesus and I hope I will go to heaven.”

___ The law does not allow the idea of “tradition” to define marriage.

___ “Dogma causes war; we should all accept each other.”

___ “I worship at this image of Gaia, because she created us.”

___ “Community is really important to me.  I have to skip church to make snacks for the packer game.”

___ “I believe in academic freedom, but no Religious groups should be allowed on campus.”

___ “All people are basically good, but our economic system is filled with greed from top to bottom.”

___ “The bible is God’s word, but some parts, like Paul talking about women, are just wrong.”

___ “I am a Marxist and I also believe we cannot follow the teachings of  dead white men.”

___ A car with these bumper stickers:  Keep your Laws off my body; Outlaw Sugar.