English Conversation – Religion
This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about Religion. Watch a video about religion in schools; learn some English idioms, which use religious terminology; and discover the most common conversation questions that people ask each other about this interesting and important subject.
Video about religion
- What’s your opinion about public schools in American being banned from celebrating one religion over another?
- Do you think it is good that children are exposed equally to many different religions?
Idioms about religion
- Come hell or high water – someone says this when they will do something no matter what happens.
- Cross to bear – if someone has a cross to bear, they have a heavy burden of responsibility or a problem that they alone must cope with.
- Devil’s advocate – if someone ‘plays the Devil’s advocate’ in an argument, they adopt a position they don’t believe in just for the sake of argument.
- Heaven only knows – when the answer to a question is not or cannot be known
- Hope in hell – if something hasn’t got a hope in hell, it stands no chance of succeeding.
- Move heaven and earth – when someone is determined to achieve something no matter what obstacles they must overcome.
- Is religion important in your country?
- What is the main religion in your country?
- Do you think religion helps people to live better lives?
- Do you think most of the time people choose their own religion or do people’s parents choose it?
- Do you think that religion in general has had a positive or negative effect on the world?
- What do you think the world would be like without religion?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of religion?
- With all the religions in the world, how do we know which one is the right one?
- If religion is all about love and peace, why are many of the world’s conflicts and wars caused by religion?
- How does religion give people hope?
- Do you think there’ll ever be a single world religion?
- How did religions start?
- Do you think it is possible for someone to be religious without belonging to any official religion?
- What can be done to prevent religious extremism?
- Do you think that religious people are generally happier than non-religious people?
- In what areas does religion have an impact in your country?
- Can science and religion agree?
- When can ‘freedom of religious expression’ become a problem?