For the month of November, we read Donna W. Cross's Pope Joan. The following are the discussion questions we used:
1. How important is it to this story to believe in its historicity? Are there lessons to be learned from Joan’s story whether it’s legend or fact?
2. Are reason and faith incompatible? What do you make of Aesculapius’s argument that lack of faith leads people to fear reason?
3. What causes Joan’s inner conflict between faith and doubt? How do these conflicts affect the decisions she makes? Does she ever resolve these conflicts?
4. Joan sacrificed much because she loved Gerold. Do you know women who have sacrificed opportunities for love (spouse, child, etc.)? Are such sacrifices justified? +/-