Whence does the anger and ferocity of the evangelical atheist arise? In some cases, at least, it comes from a soul wrestling with God, like Jacob on the banks of the Jabbok. And perhaps all that soul really needs (even if he doesn’t necessarily recognize it himself) is a Christian who cares enough about him to listen — and to respond.
Which comes first, the gift of faith, or the structures and opportunities that help open one’s soul to that gift?
Unless those who worship together have an underlying sense of themselves as belonging to a true community, something is missing