Religion

ESL discussion questions about religion.

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  1. What is the main religion of your country? How has this changed over history?
  2. Why do so many cultures have religions?
  3. In many western nations, church attendance is in decline. Why is this?
  4. Is there one true religion in your opinion?
  5. Is it possible for people of different religions to live together peacefully?
  6. Are people naturally good or do they need a moral education?
  7. Do you know anybody who is deeply religious? Has their religion helped them?
  8. Can we learn lessons from the stories of Jesus or other religious figures?
  9. Should religion be taught in schools? In what way should it be taught?
  10. Is religion really compatible with a scientific world view?
  11. Should the Bible and the Koran be treated as historical documents or sacred texts?
  12. Is it possible to prove the existence of God?
  13. Is atheism a kind of religion?
  14. Have you read the stories of the Greek Gods? Can we learn anything from them?
  15. Would you vote for a politician who believed in a religion different from your own?
  16. Should the church influence the state or should they be separate?
  17. Is religious teaching needed in a consumer society?
  18. Religion has been with us for millennia. Will it survive a thousand years more?
  19. If a religion has survived for centuries, does this mean there is something good in it?
  20. On balance, do you think that religions have made the world a better place?
  21. Would you consider changing your religion? Do any other religions appeal to you?
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How to use the religion ESL discussion questions

It is recommended that you download the religion ESL discussion questions in PDF format using one of the links above. The best way to encourage classroom interaction is to download and print the religion discussion questions in the 'pairs' or 'threes' PDF format and then divide the questions by cutting along the dotted lines. This allows students to take turns asking and answering the religion discussion questions in groups of two or three.

It is advisable to prepare students for using these discussion questions by first introducing them to the topic of religion in an interesting and engaging way. An anecdote, quiz question or a related image or video could all be used to achieve this. Depending on the level, it may also be necessary to pre-teach any challenging vocabulary related to religion contained in the discussion questions.

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