Monday, October 10, 2005

The Five Questions Game

Last year several bloggers and I played a game called Five Questions. The questions were a mix of fun and serious. I was glad that LJ played because it made for some interesting reading. I knew LJ enough to ask some tough but fair questions and she dived in and wrote some great material.

I asked LJ:

5) How do you balance believing 'Jesus is THE WAY' and respecting religious diversity?

Oh Man!!! First thing that comes to my mind is the rest of the verse started above "Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light... ". The operative word being truth.

I think the question boils further down to this. Choosing between pluralism vs. syncretism. Pluralism - philosophically, any system which emphasizes diversity and rejects monism. In other words I believe what I believe, and although I am opposed to what you believe - respect you in that belief. Verses Syncretism - the amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought. In other words - picking and choosing bits as we go.

I chose pluralism. As I walk out my faith I have to respect other peoples belief systems. Otherwise I block any entry to discuss our diversities. To quote C.S.Lewis from 'Mere Christianity' - "If you are a Christian, you are free to think that all those religions, even the queerest ones, contain at least some hint of the truth."

As you can see this game can spark your creativity and get people reading your blog. It also adds links to the participating blogs.

Let's Play:

I am looking for people to play Five Questions with me this month.


  1. Ask me five questions by posting them in this post's comments or emailing them to me.
  2. I will answer them in my blog and link to you.
  3. I will then ask you five questions.
  4. You answer in your blog and link back to me.

Each player can reject any questions they do not wish to answer. I will answer anything I think is fair and not too personal.

You can play this with other bloggers too. I would suggest asking someone if they wish to play before sending questions since they might be busy.


LJ said...

Thanks for the plug! You reminded me that I've got to pay the guy that wrote that for me. AND I'll try to think of some questions.

Leon said...

Haha - ok LJ.