From About Pascal:
Why have this conversation? Why have it in public? Why adopt pseudonyms? We don’t think that we are alone. Many in our generation need a safe place to come and reason together. My orientation to the skeptic, agnostic, and even atheist has changed. It has changed like a compass needle with the orientation of my heart. As I follow Christ I realize . . . he loved me, I will love them.
From About Russell:
Now, let us let down our defenses. Let us grow past the “us versus them” classifications that tear this world apart, and seek instead to learn about one another. Only then can knowledge lead to understanding, and understanding lead us to love those who disagree with us.
In an effort to fulfill these common goals, I’d like to invite our readers to join the conversation as we push against the barriers formed by our differences. My friend, Pascal, experienced a change of heart toward people like me after hours spent in conversations and thousands of written words. Through that investment of time and reasoned discourse we found a way to respect, understand, and love one another despite our fundamentally different worldviews. It is our desire to help atheists and believers alike realize each other’s value. Pascal and I recognize the importance of dispelling false assumptions about one another’s beliefs. This is an important part of our breakfast meetings, and we invite you to join us at the table.
Atheists – What are some things you wish believers knew about your position? What misconceptions or false assumptions would you correct?
Believers – same question for you. What would you like atheists to better understand about your beliefs or the reasons for them?
What questions do you have for each other? What questions do you wish others would ask of you? We look forward to your responses and to addressing them in future posts.
Gentleness and respect,