Hemant Mehta is an honors graduate from the University of Illinois, and has been involved in secularist student activism for years. Early on, he attended one of CFI’s summer sessions on scholarship, becoming that year’s student volunteer president of CFI’s campus outreach program. He is now in graduate school at DePaul University. Mehta once held an unique auction on eBay wherein the highest bidder could send Mehta to a church of his or her choice. This led to his writing his new book, I Sold My Soul On Ebay.
In this discussion with D.J. Grothe, Mehta talks about common misconceptions people (and especially atheists) have about Christians, his impressions of various churches he has visited in the process of researching his book, and details specific mega-churches such as Ted Haggard’s in Colorado Springs, and Joel Osteen’s in Houston, Texas. He also offers suggestions about how churches can be more effective at reaching out in dialogue with the skeptical community.