“I completely agree with the idea of healthy conversation. The last paragraph says it all - there are stereotypes and straw-men being built to represent the other side in both camps. As an atheist I struggled with what I saw as "ignorance" on the part of believers. That is a completely wrong and destructive way of approaching a conversation, especially one in which you want to learn what it is the other has to say. It goes both ways. Christians cannot comprehend why someone doesn't believe and so they view that person as either evil or in need of saving and the discussion collapses from there. I honestly don't see an end to the debate anytime soon but I do have hopes that we will see progress.