I recently stumbled across a new blog called Philaletheia (which means lover of truth). It is unique- they describe themselves thus:
Somewhere in the blogosphere, two people met on a blog and started a conversation. That’s where this blog began. One is an atheist, one a devout Christian. Both are passionate about seeking truth in their own fashion. Both thought other truth-seekers might benefit from an open dialogue concerning truth-claims, how we know anything, and the nature of everything.
Perhaps you’ve surfed enough to know that atheist/Christian relations are often strained and seldom friendly. One objective of this blog is to listen deeply and learn to talk to one another. Both authors will be contributing thoughts on certain topics, that the other author will be able to respond in the comments along with all other readers.
One cannot play chess if one becomes aware of the pieces as living souls and of the fact that the Whites and the Blacks have more in common with each other than with the players. Suddenly one loses all interest in who will be champion.
The social psychologist and game theorist Anatol Rapoport said that to ‘win’ a debate, you must be able to first clearly define your opponent’s position.
1. You must re-express the points made, creating a brief overview of the ‘heart of the matter,’ if you will. The overview must be done fairly, and without use of fallacious arguments. You must do this so exquisitely that your opponent begins to nod his head in agreement.
2. Then, you should point to any points both you and your opponent agree with.
3. Then, you should express anything you have learned from your opponent.
4. Only then are you permitted to rebut, refute or criticize.
I think this should help for both the atheist and the believer.