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I Sold My Soul on eBay – Hemant Mehta (Grand Rapids)Date:
June 8, 2011
The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
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.
Mehta will discuss how and why he became an atheist along with his latest church critiques, including descriptions of his visits to some of the best-known churches in the country. His observations challenge Christians, 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? Join us for Mehta’s presentation to hear his story.
Meetings are open to the Public. A moderated discussion will follow the lecture.
After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize.
About Hemant Mehta
Author, I Sold My Soul on eBay, Blogger at FriendlyAtheist.com
Hemant Mehta graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with degrees in Mathematics and Biology. While there, he also helped establish their first secular student group, Students WithOut Religious Dogma (SWORD). He earned his Masters in Math Education at DePaul University and currently teaches high school math in the suburbs of Chicago. He has worked with the Center for Inquiry and the Secular Coalition for America, received scholarships from American Atheists and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and now serves on the board of directors for Foundation Beyond Belief (a charity organization targeting non-theistic donors) and is the former chair of the board of the Secular Student Alliance (which creates and supports college atheist groups nationwide). Hemant's book, I Sold My Soul on eBay (WaterBrook Press), was released in 2007. His blog, the winner of the 2011 Bloggie award for Best Weblog About Religion, can be read at FriendlyAtheist.com.