Comment below with any thoughts, questions and ideas for further discussion on chapters six and seven.
Some questions to kick start discussion:
- What are the benefits to defining yourself as “going to” a type of church rather than being defined as a certain denomination? For instance, defining yourself as “an Episcopalian” or as Dr. Bass offers “I am going to” an Episcopal church?
- Do you agree with Dr. Bass’ assertion that our religious journey is really an ontological quest that begins with the question “Who Am I?” or is our spiritual life a journey, at all?
- What do you make of Dr. Bass’ recommendation that we reverse the traditional “believe, behave and belong” paradigm (201) to one of “belonging, behaving and believing.” (204)?
- If “behavior opens the door for believing” (207), how can we encourage and inform practices that help people to live their faith, first?