Question: Have all the Big Questions been answered? If they have, does that mean that we are not suppose to ask them any more, just accept the answers and go on with life?
This is what I thought when I read the exchange in Comment about whether colleges are letting students ask the Big Questions any longer.
Start with Gideon Strauss' posting, and follow the links.
The other question that came to mind is whether the church is a place where people can ask the Big Questions.
I find question asking essential to life. It is like breathing air. My leadership blog is entitled Leading Questions for a reason. Here's what I think.
People who don't ask questions don't have answers. People who think they have answers and don't ask questions don't know what they don't know. And in a world of rapidly expanding knowledge, this is a dangerous proposition.
This is part of the reason why I focus so heavily on asking questions in my client work.
The other day, in a meeting with the Session of a church, I asked rhetorical questions. The only reason they were rhetorical was because I knew they had never asked these questions and therefore didn't have answers. I was trying to provoke them to think about their church and their faith in a different way.
Too often when the Big Questions are invoked, the discussion becomes an intellectual debate about truth or logic or historical theology. When the Big Questions are asked, we also need to ask, "What am I supposed to do?" In many of these discussions, it seems all that matters is being right, or having the correct answer.
So, I'll concluded with this question, "Is it possible to have a complete and final answer to one of the Big Questions, and not be able to practice it in real life?
For example, "Is there a God?" That is one of the Big Questions.
If we answer yes, then what sort of life does that lead to, and for those of who do believe, are we living it.
If the answer is no, then what sort of life should we need live?
What this really shows is that every answer leads to another question and so forth.
Ultimately, our mental, emotional and spiritual health is a product of the questions we ask and the answers we live.
So, do you think the church is a place where the Big Questions should be asked?