I'm obviously late on this comment and this post but where would you say there were possibilities for dialogue between catholic and atheist, if at all? What are the areas in the dialogue where both parties could put up their hands and admit to having views that are contingent on further information?I want to be clear. My skepticism of Strange Notions' project comes down entirely to their stated decision to have dialogue with New Atheists specifically. That's not reaching out just to atheists - that's reaching out to a subset of atheists. In particular, it's a subset of atheists that sets itself apart from the pack largely in terms of its militancy. Dialogue is not possible where mutual respect is not present - and respect is verboten on Cult of Gnu terms. The absolute best you get is conditional faking of respect, but that's only going to get you an imitation of dialogue.
It's the difference between having a conversation with 'Christians' and 'Westboro Baptist Members'. It's possible to have a fruitful discussion with a Catholic about the authority of the pope, the existence of God, etc. But WBC's schtick is goading and taunting people, and having zero respect for anyone who disagrees with them. There is no 'let's sit down and have a proper conversation' possibility with a WBC member who is adhering to WBC principles - at best, you talk at them, not with them.
Sometimes, dialogue is not possible.
But, that's the WBC and the Cult of Gnu. You can have a good dialogue with other atheists and Christians. If Strange Notions was just reaching out to atheists, period, I wouldn't have been skeptical. But their stated target is 'New Atheists', and that's just a project waiting to fail.