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Nontheists, Christians Meet for Dialogue, Better Mutual Understanding

by Heather Keel
from herald-mail.com

A secular humanist, an agnostic and an atheist walk into a church.

That wasn’t the setup for a joke Wednesday night in Hagerstown, but for an evening of impassioned discussion hosted by the Interfaith Coalition of Washington County to encourage dialogue among people with different beliefs and ideas.

About 50 people attended the group’s “Dialogue with Non-Theists,” held at Hagerstown Church of the Brethren.

Ed Branthaver, a member of Hagerstown Freethinkers, moderated a panel discussion by secular humanist Eldon Winston, agnostic Zsun-nee Matema and atheist Brian Fields, about how their philosophies shape their beliefs about morality, the soul and what happens after death.

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