A friend of mine, Dr. Sean McDowell, was in a dialogue with the Friendly Atheist on Friday.
But for now, I think this post may be more interesting and productive. Rather than leading with critique, I would rather lead with an attempt to learn and find common ground. So, here are three takeaways for the church from my interaction with Hemant:
Sean identifies three great places of common ground:
1. Love your kids, even if they disagree with you.
2. Atheists Feel Under Attack by Religion .
3. Be willing to dialogue with opposing viewpoints .
This last one is important to me too. This is what Sean writes:
Hemant encourages churches to hold dialogues on opposing viewpoints with equal representation. Why is this important? He writes, “Because it shows outsiders that Christians are confident in their beliefs, so much so that they’re willing to present their teachings in a setting where the other side of the argument is also presented.” Yes, Yes , YES!
I could not agree more. There is a great deal of common ground here. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of this series and the video.