Before Christmas I was really excited about some ways to connect with Christian friends in discussions. I’m sure you are wondering what has happened. Now that I’ve reminded you 😉
The bible study on controversial topics never met again. It turns out, there weren’t enough Christians willing to look at those topics. At least, not at that particular church. The Christians I know that are willing to look honestly at the bible and moral issues don’t stay in conservative churches, if they stay in churches at all.
I am scheduled to speak to a Christian group later this month though. If any of you have something to say on the topic of healthy friendships and conversations between Christians and atheists, I’d love your feedback! I’d also love to hear reasons why any of you deconverted or are still Christian. If you don’t feel comfortable leaving any of this in a comment, post an emoticon or something and I’ll email you.
We’re also talking about having the same discussion with my old church age cohort. It appears some people are confused as to why someone would leave a church community that preaches absolute obedience to leaders, even if a person is harmed. Or not understand why a woman would not want to wear a symbol of her inferiority on her head. Or treat homosexuals in loving committed relationships as unworthy of belonging to the community. And so on. However, they are willing to talk about it!