Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Living the Questions

For a number of years now, I have been part of a Living the Questions group. These groups meet on a regular basis to discuss some of the bigger questions in life in the context of contemporary Christian theology. There are a series of DVDs which feature snippets from some of today's leading Christian thinkers based around a common theme. However, the most important distinctive of these groups is that they are not interested in getting people to repeat pre-formulated answers to set questions. Instead, people are allowed to explore their own questions together without being compelled to come up with a single, authoritative answer.

It has been through my own involvement in these groups that I began to realise that coming up with the 'right' answer doesn't mean a thing if the question was wrong to begin with. We are often tempted to jump directly to the answers we know, regardless of whether they really address the question that is being asked. It's not always comfortable to have to say "I don't know" particularly if you're in a position of authority and feel that you're expected to understand everything! The good news is that, sometimes, not knowing can be a very liberating experience. It's not that we are encouraging ignorance, but simply acknowledging that spending time in deep consideration of the questions is a worthwhile experience.

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