Reluctant Xtian has written a follow-up to his previous post, which I linked here.
5) “Let’s read a book together; your choice.”
This might seem like a dumb request, or some awkward way to try to curry favor with someone, but I’m absolutely serious. So many times I find people of faith utterly petrified by engaging in serious conversation over a text that might challenge their faith because they feel they might not have “the right answer.”
And the problem there, of course, is that someone along the line explained faith to them as some sort of equation, a specific formula where certain values must be plugged in for the desired outcome. In short: we’ve made faith into a system instead of a conversation.
So, here’s an experiment: go to a person of a different faith: Buddhist, Sikh, Atheist, etc. Or maybe they’re a different denomination of your own faith…whatever. Engage with someone different than you and invite them to read a book with you, but let them choose.
And go with whatever they choose.
… So often people of faith think they only have something to impart on people with other worldviews and nothing to learn. God save us from such blind certainty.