something(s) christians and atheists agree on?
Today I came across an article titled “10 Things Christians and Atheists Can (And Must) Agree On”. For some strange reason, the article only lists 5, and it seems to be cut off at the end, but these 5 seem pretty reasonable to me. They are:
- You can do terrible things in the name of either one.
- Both sides really do believe what they’re saying.
- In everyday life, you’re not that different.
- There are good people on both sides.
- You point of view is legitimately offensive to them.
The author goes into greater detail and explanation of what he means by them in the article. He does a good job of being balanced, but I don’t necessary agree with all of his supporting arguments. With that said, though, I do like the main idea and I agree with these 5 very general statements.
I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been reading more articles online recently, but I’ve noticed a lot of Christian vs. Atheism debate. I’ve found that the most vocal (on both sides) tend to be the most extreme and usually the most misguided in their approach. Many of the Christians who comment seem to be unfamiliar with why they believe what they believe and more interested in putting “heathen” in their place or at least condemning them. It’s ridiculous, really.
Now, just a brief word to anyone who might be offended that I agree with these statements. We need to remember that it’s important for us know what our common ground is with atheists (or Buddhists or Muslims or any other faith, for that matter). This doesn’t mean we compromise our beliefs, but it does demand that we consider our audience and we relate to them in a civilized and effective manor. It doesn’t mean that we stop believing that people are going to hell, but it does mean that we should use some tact (and love) when we communicate those beliefs.
Anyway, the article is an interesting read though I should warn you that it contains some language that may offend one of my two readers.