Minnesota Atheists teamed up with Trinity United Methodist Church in Minneapolis to hold a Bible study for people who don’t believe in the Bible.
It was only the first of what will be a weekly gathering.
There were some ground rules — proselytizing is forbidden and disagreements are ok and encouraged.
“We’ve discerned that people have lost or lack the skills to engage in constructive and respectful dialogue in the context of profound disagreement,” [Chester O'Gorman, community outreach director for the northeast Minneapolis church] said. “An emphasis will be placed on dialogue among the group of small groups.”
How successful was the first meeting?
Just check out this picture from the United Methodist Reporter Blog. Very cool.
The more interesting question: After all this discussion, will they end up with a net gain of atheists, a net gain of Christians, or no change at all?