Where can objective, rational, or logical thinking take us? Must the faithful fear entering into dialog with such peoples? Are there any words capable of defending the faith to the shame and or correction of the skeptics and the faithless?
I have to wonder how anyone can be "objective, rational or logical" about metaphysical matters.
Orthodox Christianity begins with a Virgin who concieves and gives birth to a Man who is God......
Its not a matter of fearing dialogue with Atheists, Agnostics and skeptics, it's just that we don't "speak the same language".
The only way we can possibly know anything about God is if God reveals it to us; we cannot "deduce" anything about God (even though many non-Orthodox Christians try to). We cannot approach the metaphysical in the same way as we approach the empirical. For this reason, I think, dialogue is not possible between Orthodoxy and atheism.
If you ask me if there is a God, I'll tell you to look at a sunset, play with your dog or cat, look at a leaf, observe a spider spin it's web, attempt to count the stars, fall in love, eat a mango, watch a cloud form and float by, examine the mandelbrot set and then tell me if you are still sure that there isn't