Hi. I'm new to this forum. I was raised Christian, in a somewhat liberal denomination, although as a teenager I became a skeptic. That was long ago. Now, as an older adult, I have a renewed interest in matters of faith, but from a perspective very different from that of my youth. Also, I'm part of a small weekly discussion group in the town where I live. The primary focus has been group reading of religious/spiritual works, particularly the bible and related Christian devotional materials. Several of the other local group members are conservative Christians who place great emphasis on the literal belief of the bible. Their notion of the divine seems to be that of an external, controlling being and, they are quick to turn any group discussion to matters of belief which favor very literal interpretations of things. I often hear positive mention of young earth creationism, end times, and so on, and negative comments about "liberals", "Darwinism", etc. To be honest, I'm not the least bit interested in such topics, or in what seems like rigid, dogmatic belief, especially since it all tends to be quite divisive in a group setting. Instead, I'm much more interested in applying the positive messages of scriptures, such as expressing gratitude and showing love for others, as well as bringing people together rather than driving wedges between them. During our group get-togethers for discussion, I can take the approach of listening, nodding my head, and allowing the discussion to take a predictably conservative tack. If, on the other hand, I raise points or ask questions that nudge the conversation toward a less literal approach to scripture, it can quickly unsettle things. It even seems to threaten the conservative members as if my questions or doubts constitute a type of heresy. I'm wondering... Is anyone aware of good discussion materials that can be used by a diverse group such as ours when all members are not at the same place in their spiritual journey?