Over the weekend, I went to Boston (Thanks, Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard!) and helped lead discussions on various scenarios atheists have to deal with from time to time and what the best response ought to be from our end.
We split up into three groups (about 15-20 people each), each of which had a moderator to introduce the cases and ask questions. The groups had a variety of ages, genders, and backgrounds, and it was amazing how split the crowd was on just about every issue.
I had written up seven “cases,” wondering if we would have enough to fill the 1.5 hour time block… it turned out the groups didn’t even get to most of the questions.
Since it seemed to go over well, I figured I’d share the scenarios with all of you.
It might work well for a local or campus group discussion. Or dinner talk with some good friends 🙂
One thing to point out: While all the cases are “based on true stories,” I did fictionalize a few parts of them just to get to the heart of the issue. There are nuances to every story and details I had never even considered adding in that were left out — so feel free to change these stories around to accommodate the group you’re with.
If you have any feedback or want to propose different “ethical dilemmas,” I’d love to hear it.
Hope it leads to some interesting conversations!