Main Entry: con·sen·susThere is a consensus among atheists that God does not exist. Nor does any god or supernatural being exist. Pretty simple. There is a consensus among Christians (keeping it simple) that God exists. Again, pretty simple. So what's the point?
Usage: often attributive
Etymology: Latin, from consentire
1 a : general agreement : unanimity
b : the judgment arrived at by most of those concerned
2 : group solidarity in sentiment and belief
Beyond this simple understanding of positions, the question of consensus goes much deeper. Let's go one level deeper. There is a consensus among atheists that the Theory of Evolution is indeed fact (I can go into the meaning of 'theory' in this context some other time.). There is a consensus among Christians that the Bible is the authoritative word of God. The belief in creation can probably be implied from this broader statement. Note to Joel, I'm sure I'm committing some logical fallacies in their strict interpretation here, but I'm taking license with that. Again, pretty simple. I'm not sure that there are many that would argue with what I have said at this point.
Let's go one level deeper still, then we may be able to see some differences. A majority of evolutionary biologists are atheists, however, as is the case in many areas of scientific endeavors, there are disagreements over certain areas of biology. At this point, the scientific method takes over and as the research continues to evolve (no pun intended), eventually a consensus will be reached on even these areas of disagreement. That is how the process works and that is how the process has worked for a very long time. It may not be the most efficient, but the path leads to the truth, which is the ultimate goal. I believe it is safe to say that a majority of Christians are, well, Christians. I know, that conclusion took a leap of faith on my part. You have Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodoxy that disagree on numerous issues. Then you have the whole Reformation thing that produced Anglicans, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, Baptists, etc. You also have the LDS Church, wherever the heck that one came from. At any rate, you have this vast differing of opinions on the interpretations of the Bible, even though, by consensus, it is the authoritative word of God. What mechanism exists in Christianity to reconcile all of the differences? There is none that I am aware of. Although, the adaptation of some sort of scientific method for christian reconciliations would be the irony of ironies.
There are many branches of Christianity that accept some form of evolution (Catholicism being one of them) and yet many of the fundamentalists keep trying to attack atheistic evolution when they should probably turn their attention to their fellow Christians. There are many branches of Christianity that believe in an old Earth, yet many of the fundamentalists keep trying to attack the geological/planetary sciences when they should be working toward reconciliation of the Christian faithful.
So, let's have a consensus. All the Christians can off on their own and reconcile their beliefs and leave the scientists alone to work and teach. In fact, I'll even make it easier on the Christians. Just go off and devise a methodology by which you can even begin to reconcile your beliefs. After that, you can start to work with the other Abrahamic religions. Maybe then, us atheists can have some peace and quiet.