Convictions vs. Opinions: Discussion Starters
Do you have strong convictions? Are you willing to “go along to get along,” or are there hills you would die on? What about your opinions? Are they subject to change should new information come along, or resolute, even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary? Here are discussion starters about your convictions vs. opinions.
By the Man in the Mirror Team
What do you think about this quote from Brett Clemmer?
Have strong convictions, and hold them tightly.
Have strong opinions, but hold them loosely.
For one is about how you live, and the other how you learn.
Forward the statement to a friend and ask what they think, or talk about it with a small group.
Below are eight related questions to further help you shape a meaningful conversation about convictions vs. opinions. You may also reflect on them individually and capture your thoughts in a journal.
Convictions vs. Opinions'Have strong convictions, and hold them tightly. Have strong opinions, but hold them loosely. For one is about how you live, and the other how you learn.' - Brett ClemmerClick To Tweet
- What are some of your core convictions?
- How do convictions give your life structure? Meaning? Direction? Stability?
- Have you ever had any of your convictions questioned or challenged? What happened?
- Should you have strong opinions? Why or why not?
- What are the advantages of holding your opinions loosely?
- How might holding your opinions loosely lead to learning, growth, and relationship?
- What is the connection between conviction and faith? Between opinion and faith?
- How would you relate the following Scriptures to the quote?
Habakkuk 2:4; Psalm 106:35; Proverbs 12:1; 1 Corinthians 2:5; 1 Corinthians 16:13-14; Galatians 1:10; Proverbs 18:2