"But church, as I understand it from my outsider's position, isn't about good conversation. You can certainly have good conversation at church, but church is about getting the Good News, and the Good News is the God News. You go to a church service to acknowledge and worship the Deity. A church can certainly host a speaker or a panel discussion on atheism or Judaism or Islam, but that's not a worship service. That's... something else."
Some will recall the widely reported retort by atheist Christopher Hitchens when confronted with the arguments of a "liberal Christian,"
"I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that he rose again from the dead and by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian."
Liberal Protestantism, despite its social justice stylings, runs on the old fumes of state religion. It believes itself capable of finding least common denominators that will let it speak as a kind of national chaplaincy. But it winds up at a distance from those it seeks to unify. Orthodox Christians aren't attracted to its claims that they are uninformed and unthinking; atheists are not turned on by its vague "spiritual" claims that evaporate in the face of intellectual inquiry.
Chris Johnson at Midwest Conservative Journal frequently headlines his posts about LibProts "Laodiceans," recalling Christ's warning to the church in that city,