We have a great piece in this month’s Reform by Simon Jenkins, reviewing London’s new Atheist Church, and reflecting on the experience of being at the opening service. And in the Guardian, Andrew Brown has written a lovely blog on agnostic church - though that’s in the sense of what the experience of a Christian service is like for an unbeliever, rather than proposing a schism from the Atheist Church.
If more conversation between Christians and atheists and the rest was like this, we might get somewhere.
So much of it sounds like: “This is what I believe. This is what I believe you believe. This is the difference, and this is why you are wrong and I’m right. Do you see now? Well you’re still wrong then.”
If instead we talked about what it feels like to see the world as we do, about our experience of being a believer/unbeliever, how it works and how it doesn’t work, then I suspect we’d find people were a lot more interested in what we had to say. We might even learn something.