As the site expands, it will have more of it’s content written by atheists (interviews, debates, etc), but right now it’s fairly Catholic heavy. Obviously, Brandon has more contacts on the Catholic end, so feel free to use the comments to recommend bloggers and writers he should reach out to. This is a chance to try and make disagreements a little more concrete, instead of trying to debunk Christianity broadly, and having Catholics complain, “But you’re not talking about us!”The About page of Strange Notions is definitely worth checking out - quite an impressive list of contributors are shown there. Ben Wiker, Ed Feser, Mark Shea, and many more. There's a stated intention to get atheists contributing to the site as well, since they're going for the whole 'Atheists and Catholics in dialogue' sort of approach. Brandon seems like a driven guy, and I wish the site well.
I am also completely skeptical of the approach. The goal is laudable, but the idea of having dialogue with the Cult of Gnu - not atheists and agnostics and irreligious generally, but specifically the Cult of Gnu - is, put simply, a joke. Sincere and productive dialogue requires both sides having real mutual respect for each other, and regarding each others' views as having intellectual merit. But what makes an atheist a Gnu is, fundamentally, a commitment to the view that not only is theism or Catholicism or (etc) wrong, but that it is a view not worth taking seriously to begin with.
Hence, you have Richard Dawkins saying things like this:
Let's state the obvious: there is no possibility of productive dialogue on religion or God or any number of related topics, when someone has this attitude. But this is a hallmark, a defining trait, of the New Atheism - it's one of those things that sets them apart from the so-called 'accommodationists' they attack. It's a mentality of permanent warfare and an irrational belief, all wrapped up into one nice, simple package. To drop this belief - to say 'well, religious people aren't irrational. I disagree with with them, but theirs is a reasonable position all the same' - is to exit the Cult of Gnu. You may be an atheist still, but a New Atheist, you ain't.
Now, that doesn't mean New Atheists should be written off by guys like Brandon. Far from it. But at that point, your approach simply can't be one of dialogue. Instead, the conversation must be one sided: you talk, they listen, or you hope they listen. You remove the opportunity to mock, distract, throw out red herrings and more. You talk instead with reasonable atheists and agnostics for whom sincere respect and dialogue really is possible.
I think this is one of the weaknesses of Christians generally - this kind of woolly idea that, no matter how far gone someone is, you can still pull up a chair and sit down with a cup of coffee and have a relaxed, peaceful conversation with someone. It's not true, and it's harmful to pretend otherwise.