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Views and Qs: The Hope of Fear and Doubt (May 29, 2017)

This week we explore the role of doubt in our faith by first taking a look at a video about what we can do when we are afraid (0-4), then by watching a story about a woman's journey of doubt and faith (5-10) and finally by listening to a talk by Pope Francis about the blessing of doubt (11-18). Watch the videos together and then go through the discussion questions.

 

I'm Not Afraid, Age 0-4
Discussion:
1. I wonder what kinds of things you are afraid of.
2. I wonder where God is when we are afraid.
3. I wonder what God does when we are afraid.
4. I wonder if God is ever afraid.
5. I wonder if God can help us when we are afraid of something.
A Story of Doubt and Joy, Age 5-10
Discussion:
1. What is the connection between doubt and faith?    
2. Is it okay to question things that other people believe?       
3. What are some things that are hard for you to believe?       
4. Are there ways that doubt can help you?       
5. Can you have doubt and have faith at the same time?
The Blessings of Doubt, Age 11-18
Discussion:
1. Does it surprise you that Pope Francis, who is the leader of the Roman Catholic Church and is addressed as ‘Your Holiness”, has had doubts about faith? 
2. The famous theologian Paul Tillich once said Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith… Sometimes I think it is my mission to bring faith to the faithless, and doubt to the faithful.” Do you think the Pope is saying the same thing? How are the statements alike or different?
3. The Pope says “all doubts vanish” when examining the Word of God. Do you agree? 
4. Do you think doubts are negative and need to disappear (even though they happen to everyone) like what Pope Francis says? He also says that doubts help us grow? How has your doubt in anything (a friend, a math question, a tough situation) helped you learn?