I wanted to blog about some of the questions that students ask.

RealityBites is a ministry that creates space for people to ask questions about life, the universe and, of course, Hertfordshire. We try to arouse curiosity in people about God, idolatry and the kingdom of Jesus. We do this by telling provocative, shocking stories about rat worshippers, plastic surgery obsessives and human traffickers etc.

At a recent school conference in Leeds, I was amazed by the quality of the questions that the students asked after my presentation. Here are some of their questions (which were written down in the main):

  1. Why is it wrong to follow your heart?
  2. What is the difference between ideology and religion?
  3. Is there really such a thing as ‘ethical consumerism’?
  4. Do you believe that consumerism is caused by simply our faith in marketisation or the vanity of human beings and the pressure to be part of consumerism?
  5. Do celebrities create the consumerist culture or are they its victims?
  6. Why is ‘consumerist nature’ in a capitalist society such a bad thing?
  7. Why are human beings the only species who value things like money and time?
  8. Wasn’t George Cadbury just as selfish and profit-driven as all other consumerists?
  9. Why do we as humans feel the need to conform to this consumerist society?
  10. Can you be a responsible consumer without believing in God?

This list of questions is very revealing because it shows very clearly that when young people are engaged in thought-provoking and imaginative ways, their curiosity is sparked and they want to talk about consumerism, materialism, relationships, the meaning of life and… God.

Mark Roques

Mark Roques

For eleven years Mark taught Philosophy and Religious Studies at Prior Park College, Bath. As Director of RealityBites since 2005, he has developed a rich range of resources for teachers and is a popular speaker at educational conferences in the UK, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Mark is the author of three books, including the Religious Education textbook The Good, The Bad and The Misled, and his innovative approach has led him to appear on television (Channel 4) and radio.