Theology on Tap
A conversation on conversion
- Categories: Faith
- Event posted: Aug. 4, 2011
- Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014
- Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Henry's on Eighth, 11 E. Eighth St., Lawrence
- Age limit: Not available
Does it matter if the person sitting across from me is wrong? Should I care if they believe that dinosaurs didn't exist, the earth is flat, or that leprechauns are crawling around hiding pots of gold? What if they believe the Royals are going to win the World Series? Should I try to set them straight?
I might just leave these people alone. But, what if their beliefs are dangerous or potentially harmful? What if the person believes slavery is a good thing? What if the person believes I am going to burn in hell? What if the person believes....
Tonight we are going to talk about conversion. Throughout history, Christianity has been a faith that has sought to convert people to believe, act, and live the "Christian" way. This has been expressed in a variety of way ranging from the Spanish Inquisition to Billy Graham Crusades.
Questions to think about and explore: What is conversion? Why do Christians do it? Do we have the right to try to attempt to convert someone? Should we just let people be or should we confront people we think are wrong? What role, if any, does conversion have in a welcoming and open environment? Are people ever too far gone?
These questions and more will be explored tonight at Theology on Tap. Bring philosophical insights, personal experience, Christian theology, criticism, skepticism, other religious traditions, and your friends. Theology on Tap meets every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:00 at Henry’s Upstairs. Come late, leave early, talk a ton or be silent and stoic. No matter what we will have a good time.
See you there!