Welcome to Theists & Atheists: Communication & Common Ground. The main theme of this site is respectful communication among those who hold various views about God – belief in God, disbelief, agnosticism, ambivalence, and/or bewilderment.
You may find this site helpful if:
* You are in a love relationship with someone who disagrees with you about theology.
* You believe in God, and you want to communicate with people who doubt that God exists.
* You don’t believe in God, but some of those you care about are committed theists.
* Friends and family members clash about religion. You wish you could help them reconcile.
* You want to have candid and yet respectful conversations with those whose opinions are different from yours – opinions about religion, politics, morality, and other emotionally loaded subjects.
This blog is written by Roger Schriner, author of Bridging the God Gap: Finding Common Ground Among Believers, Atheists and Agnostics. Roger graduated from the University of Redlands summa cum laude, majoring in religion, philosophy, and psychology. He received a Doctorate in Religion from Claremont School of Theology and an M.S. in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from the University of LaVerne. His honors thesis at Redlands examined the ethical thought of theologian Paul Tillich. He has also studied comparative religion, neuroscience, philosophy of mind, and various spiritual disciplines.
Roger has been both a psychotherapist and a Unitarian Universalist minister. Bridging the God Gap is his fifth book. His previous publications include Feel Better Now and Do Think Twice: Provocative Reflections on Age-Old Questions.
One long-term goal of this blog is to briefly review books about whether God exists and what God is like. Eventually you will find reviews of books on theology by writers such as Bob Altemeyer, Karen Armstrong, Rob Bell, James P. Carse, John B. Cobb, Jr., Don Cupitt, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Michael Dowd, Greg Epstein, Anthony Freeman, Sam Harris, John Haught, Christopher Hitchens, Bruce Hunsberger, Mark Johnston, Michael Krasny, Ian Markham, Scotty McLennan, Bradley Monton, William R. Murry, Tom Owen-Towle, Stephen Prothero, Eric Reitan, Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Charles Taliaferro, and Rick Warren.
Dr. Schriner enjoys sharing ideas from Bridging the God Gap as a speaker, consultant, and workshop leader. He often speaks on Theism and Atheism: The Differences That Unite Us, and he can follow up that talk with Does God Exist? Pastor Chris Debates Dr. Schriner, in which he debate with himself about this question. He is available for conferences on religion or philosophy, college classes and colloquia, religious services, and Interfaith gatherings.
He will debate on either side of most theological questions.
Your comments and feedback are welcome. Rants will be ignored, but Roger will reply to all non-rabid communications as time permits. Thanks for your interest in Theists & Atheists: Communication & Common Ground.