When Christians and atheists were questioned about each other, both sides fell into negative stereotypes to describe each other. However, when both were questioned about their values, they responded with answers that were more or less the same, showing similar beliefs about compassion for those who are suffering and ensuring justice and fairness for all.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
There is a lot of common ground with atheists, but can Christians move beyond their negative stereotypes in order to find it?
- Both Sides Are Guilty: The study of Christians and atheists found that both groups tend to resort to stereotypes of each other.
- Justice Is Essential: While Christians may never see eye to eye with atheists on certain issues, how can this common ground of valuing justice be put to use?
- Agreeing to Disagree: Are there ways to charitably disagree with atheists where we don’t have common ground?
What opportunities for dialogue and partnerships exist for your church?
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