Over the weekend, I was in Columbus, Ohio. I was invited there to do a public talk with a Christian pastor at The Ohio State University.
Normally, when you hear about these things, it’s a debate. The speakers will throw out their arguments as to why there is or probably isn’t a God… or where our morality comes from. Those aren’t bad, but they don’t really get anywhere. Not many people leave with a different opinion, and most audience members don’t get to ask the question that’s most on their minds.
This wasn’t one of those events, and I think everyone had a better time because of it.
Pastor Jay Gamelin and I sat in front of an audience, with two moderators (one religious, one not) seated beside us.
Everyone in attendance (around 150 people, I was told) was given a notecard or two when they entered. If they had a question at any point in the evening, they wrote it down, raised their hands, and an usher collected the cards.The ushers gave the cards to the moderators, who filtered out the crazy questions and took turns asking the two of us whatever was on the audience’s mind.
It was fun, friendly, and enjoyable. Completely unscripted. Hopefully, it inspired people who saw it to engage in those types of conversations with people they know who think differently about God.
Afterwards, a giant group of the skeptics and Christians went out for a late dinner. Good times were had
Video of the event should be up soon… I’ll post it when I get ahold of it.
In case you’re ever looking to hold an event that could bring together people from different ends of the religious spectrum, I recommend this approach.
It’s different, but I’m surprised people don’t do it more often.