The Reading / Listening - God - Level 2

The Philippines president has made people angry. President Duterte said he would resign if anyone can prove that God exists. He has upset people with his religious beliefs before. He recently made many people angry by calling God stupid. On Friday, he questioned the Roman Catholic Church. He challenged what the Church says about sin and why sin can only be removed from children by paying money to the Church. He said: "Where is the logic of God there?" He wants "one single witness" who has a picture or a selfie that a human was "able to talk to and see God".



His opponents hit back at him by calling him "one evil man". A senator said the president's comments showed that he lied, had no heart and was ruthless. President Duterte said he did believe in God. He said: "There is a universal mind somewhere which controls the universe." Mr Duterte is very popular in the Philippines. He has spent years fighting a war on drugs in which hundreds of people have been killed. He also appeared at an event where officials crushed illegally imported luxury cars. He has agreed to meet religious leaders to make relations better.

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Sources
  • http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/07/07/philippines-duterte-vows-to-resign-if-anybody-can-prove-god-exists.html
  • http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/07/07/Rodrigo-Duterte-Christian-God-exists-resign.html
  • https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/07/07/1831416/duterte-show-me-proof-god-exists-and-ill-resign


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The Philippines president has
  2. he would resign if anyone can prove
  3. He has upset people with his
  4. He recently made many people
  5. He challenged what the
  6. paying money
  7. a picture or
  8. able to talk to
  1. Church says
  2. a selfie
  3. angry
  4. and see God
  5. to the Church
  6. that God exists
  7. made people angry
  8. religious beliefs

Paragraph 2

  1. His opponents hit
  2. the president's comments showed
  3. There is a universal mind
  4. He has spent years fighting
  5. He also appeared
  6. illegally imported
  7. He has agreed to meet
  8. make relations
  1. somewhere
  2. religious leaders
  3. back at him
  4. better
  5. that he lied
  6. at an event
  7. a war
  8. luxury cars

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Philippines president (1) ___________________ angry. President Duterte said he would resign if anyone can prove that God exists. He (2) ___________________ with his religious beliefs before. He recently (3) ___________________ angry by calling God stupid. On Friday, he questioned the Roman Catholic Church. He challenged what the Church (4) ___________________ and why sin can only be removed from children by paying money to the Church. He said: "Where (5) ___________________ of God there?" He wants "one single witness" who has a picture or a selfie that a human was "able to talk (6) ___________________ God".

His opponents hit back at him (7) ___________________ "one evil man". A senator said the president's comments (8) ___________________ lied, had no heart and was ruthless. President Duterte said he (9) ___________________ God. He said: "There is a universal mind somewhere (10) ___________________ universe." Mr Duterte is very popular in the Philippines. He has spent years fighting a war on (11) ___________________ hundreds of people have been killed. He also appeared at an event where officials crushed illegally imported luxury cars. He has agreed to meet religious leaders to (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThePhilippinespresidenthasmadepeopleangry.PresidentDutertesai
dhewouldresignifanyonecanprovethatGodexists.Hehasupsetpeople
withhisreligiousbeliefsbefore.Herecentlymademanypeopleangryby
callingGodstupid.OnFriday,hequestionedtheRomanCatholicChurch.
HechallengedwhattheChurchsaysaboutsinandwhysincanonlyberem
ovedfromchildrenbypayingmoneytotheChurch.Hesaid:"Whereisthe
logicofGodthere?"Hewants"onesinglewitness"whohasapictureorase
lfiethatahumanwas"abletotalktoandseeGod".Hisopponentshitbacka
thimbycallinghim"oneevilman".Asenatorsaidthepresident'scomme
ntsshowedthathelied,hadnoheartandwasruthless.PresidentDuterte
saidhedidbelieveinGod.Hesaid:"Thereisauniversalmindsomewhere
whichcontrolstheuniverse."MrDuterteisverypopularinthePhilippines
.Hehasspentyearsfightingawarondrugsinwhichhundredsofpeopleha
vebeenkilled.Healsoappearedataneventwhereofficialscrushedillegal
lyimportedluxurycars.Hehasagreedtomeetreligiousleaderstomaker
elationsbetter.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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