A friend left this comment on my facebook the other day. It will get use from me in the future.
Yup. Anytime you hear a report of “Oh look! Believers and atheists working together to better the world!” you can bet they’ll be doing something like feeding the poor which has absolutely zero to do with faith.
Here’s the answer is to what theists and atheists can do together: secular work. If you’re really as committed to working together and finding common ground as you claim to be, then you have to concede that the common ground is found in nonreligious conversation. You don’t have to relinquish your beliefs to have that conversation, you just have to not include them. That’s the point and the problem. The “middle ground” for an atheist and a believer is not actually somewhere in between: it’s where the atheist already is.