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I Sold My Soul on eBay: Viewing Faith through an Atheist's Eyes Paperback – April 17, 2007
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Mehta, an atheist, once held an unusual auction on eBay: the highest bidder could send Mehta to a church of his or her choice. The winner, who paid $504, asked Mehta to attend numerous churches, and this book comprises Mehta's responses to 15 worshipping communities, including such prominent megachurches as Houston's Second Baptist, Ted Haggard's New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Willow Creek in suburban Chicago. (Mehta ranks Willow Creek as the church most likely to draw him back.) Mehta, who grew up Jain, offers some autobiographical context, then discusses nonreligious people's approach to topics such as death and suffering. But all that is just a preamble to Mehta's sketches of the churches he attended. He doesn't find much community in churches; families sit far apart from other families, and people race "out the front doors to their cars" as soon as the service ends. Churches earn high marks for Mehta when they offer great speakers and focus on community outreach, but they also do many things wrong, including singing repetitive songs and alienating non-Christians by ubiquitously proclaiming them to be "lost." Mehta's musings will interest Christians who seek to proselytize others and who want to identify their evangelistic mistakes. (Apr. 17)
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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, and FOX News Channel, among other major news outlets. Currently, Mehta is working toward a masters degree in math education at DePaul University in Chicago.
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If you're "church shopping" or just curious how other churches operate, it's a fascinating and quick read. It's also an ideal guide for anybody in charge of membership at a church. "How can we grow?" "Why don't people stay?" "How can we attract members without sacrificing who we are?" are all questions every church asks, and this book does a great job at telling you how other churches do it, and how others are failing.
I mention this because he acts like, despite agreeing to a serious commitment of time, he didn't read about any basic Christian beliefs before entering these churches. I was "with him" and quite fascinated with his own journey towards atheism and why he ended up where he is, yet felt his approach to actually attend these churches was too casual to merit a whole book. It came off as something that would have been far better as a few columns on his blog than a whole, separate entity.
Despite dedicating a great deal of time to church attendance, he evidently did no research. This is fine, but it comes off as someone who attends an Italian restaurant and acts surprised that wine and pasta are part of the meal. He sounds so confused about rituals in one of the liturgical churches he attends in one chapter that it is almost humorous. The things he questions, while valid insofar as they represent his honest opinion and experience, offer little ideological engagement with Christian churches. Since he is the author of the book, that is entirely his choice, but it made the whole thing feel surprisingly purposeless. Why spend so much time in a physical place without trying to understand the point behind its actions? Even if the point is to give an "outsider's" perspective, you are an outsider if you are not a Christian, not because you choose not to read up on basic Christian tenets before you attend a place. It reminds me of foreigners in China where I live who are shocked at the amount of rice and noodles eaten here. Begs the question, "Why come at all? Did you read anything about the place before you hopped on a plane?" I felt a similar sensation the whole time I read of his experiences--which, to be honest, he took a very long time to get to in the first place. That was okay, though, because I was interested in finding out more about his background, and found that first third/half of the book most interesting, if off point.
Perhaps it is his lack of familiarity, but his writing is rather clunky, very literal and dry, especially compared to some of the wonderful work I have read on his blog. The whole thing felt, perhaps, like attending churches did to him: vaguely uncomfortable and distant, albeit respectful. The ordering was unclear, as well; he did not go in order, and he referred a lot to other parts of the book and what he would say later when most editors would say to focus on what he was saying at present.
Not my favorite read--especially when I know that this particular writer is capable of excellent work.
Mehta is a nice guy, I think I would have been a bit more sarcastic if I had written the same book, but he is straight forward in his advice to these churches.
Glad you asked!!! Mr Mehta sells the rights to church attendance (his).
The winner (A minister pays $504 on ebay to decide what churches he'll attend).
The book is broken into chapters of churches he attended. Giving a fair assessment of notes he took during the service.
One chapter is devoted to small and medium size churches, another to mega churches etc.
Because Mr Mehta is a "friendly" atheist, his views are not tainted by religion
I'm the kind of guy who rarely finishes a book in its entirety; and I was genuinely saddened to finish this book, because I was enjoying it so.