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I Sold My Soul on EBay: Viewing Faith through an Atheist's Eyesby Hemant Mehta
Synopses & Reviews
Unique insights from an atheist’s Sunday-morning odyssey
When Hemant Mehta was a teenager he stopped believing in God, but he never lost his interest in religion. Mehta is “the eBay atheist,” the nonbeliever who auctioned off the opportunity for the winning bidder to send him to church. The auction winner was Jim Henderson, a former pastor and author of Evangelism Without Additives. Since then, Mehta has visited a variety of church services–posting his insightful critiques on the Internet and spawning a positive, ongoing dialogue between atheists and believers.
I Sold My Soul on eBay tells how and why Mehta became an atheist and features his latest church critiques, including descriptions of his visits to some of the best-known churches in the country. His observations will surprise and challenge you, revealing how the church comes across to those outside the faith. Who better than a nonbeliever to offer an eye-opening assessment of how the gospel is being presented–and the elements that enhance or detract from the presentation.
Mehta announced prior to his churchgoing odyssey that he would watch for any signs of God’s existence. After spending Sunday mornings in some of the nation’s leading churches, what happened to the man who sold his soul on eBay? Did attending church change his lack of belief? The answers can be found inside.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
An atheist, who offered his religion-consulting services on eBay and critiqued a variety of church services for the winning bidder, offers an eye-opening assessment of how Christianity is presented and the elements that enhance or detract from the presentation. Original.
About the Author
\Hemant Mehta is an honors graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he helped establish the organization Students WithOut Religious Dogma (SWORD). Mehta also is chair of the Secular Student Alliance’s board of directors. His story has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Seattle Times, the Village Voice, National Public Radio, andFOX News Channel, among other major news outlets. Currently, Mehta is working toward a masters degree in math education at DePaul University in Chicago.
Table of Contents
Introduction : the question of faith — Selling my soul on eBay — How I became a churchgoing atheist — The reasons I lost my religion — But under other circumstances, I might not have — Getting to know an atheist — Most nonbelievers don't fit the stereotypes — What nonbelievers believe — An atheist's primary conflicts with religious teaching — Sunday services at four small churches — Smaller does not always mean "closer" — The view from a midsized pew — On Sunday morning, size makes a difference — The view from a larger pew — It's hard to beat the advantages found in large churches — Churches that deserve special mention — Positive experiences at three megachurches — What works on Sunday morning and what doesn't — Suggestions to help you reach out to nonbelievers — What it would take to convert me — After being exposed to some of America's top churches — Unanswered questions remain.
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