Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Riddle and Mystery: A Program on the Big Questions for Grade 6

Alternate Activity 3: Challenge Question

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Optional: Newsprint, markers and tape

Preparation for Activity

  • Optional: Write the challenge question on newsprint, and post.
  • Optional: Browse the Internet and see what you find to share.
  • Optional: In Alan Lightman's novel, Einstein's Dreams (New York: Warner Books, 1994), read an illuminating, short description of life without death. See the chapter, "9 June 1905."

Description of Activity

Challenge questions guide a deeper inquiry for especially thoughtful individuals and groups. For this session, ask:

What would life be like if it did not end in death?

Share relevant ideas you have found. You might also ask:

  • Would life be better or worse without death? Why?
  • Would people ever finish anything if they had forever to do it?