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Hey friends, Mike Clawson here (the delinquent Christian sometimes contributor). I’m posting again because I need your advice. These past two months I have been leading a discussion series at my church (a very artistic, progressive, Austin-y kind of church that actually has a number of atheists and agnostics in attendance and even a few in leadership positions) on world religions, interviewing members from various other faiths. So far we’ve had a Rabbi, a Muslim, a Wiccan, and a Hindu. We’re hoping to have either a Buddhist or a Haitian Vodou practitioner this coming Sunday, and then wrap up on January 30th with an atheist representative from the Atheist Community of Austin.

That’s where you come in. I have a list of questions I want to ask him, but I’m afraid I might forget something important, or not ask him the one thing atheists have always wanted Christians to know about them. So that’s my question for y’all: If there’s anything you wish Christians would ask you to explain to them about atheism, what would it be? What is it that you would most want us to know?

Please keep in mind that the purpose of this event is not debate, but simply for my church community to come to understand atheism better, and perhaps sympathize with atheists more. I won’t be arguing with my guest about anything he has to say, just asking and listening and learning. So with that in mind, what should I ask?