Outreach Magazine and Exclusive Book Excerpt

Outreach Mag eBay Atheist

Outreach Magazine (a Christian publication) did an an interview with me for their March/April issue. The writer, Heather Johnson, was a pleasure to talk with, and she did a great job of not taking me out of context and asking some great questions.

Outreach also provides a “web exclusive” excerpt-of-the-month from I Sold My Soul on eBay! I’m happy to say the first chapter of the book is now available for you to read! (And your feedback on it is welcome and appreciated.)

If that’s not enough, you can also answer some of the study questions provided.

And if you hadn’t noticed from the “well-that’s-half-of-me” picture above, there’s a freakishly cool “all-of-me” anime-ish image on Outreach Magazine’s homepage (look through the scrolling images in the center of the screen). I am *so* changing my banner image on this site…

The hard copy of the magazine should be in bookstores shortly. Go get your copy!


[tags]atheist, atheism, Christian, Christianity, Outreach magazine, Heather Johnson, I Sold My Soul on eBay, Hemant Mehta, ebay atheist, anime[/tags]

  • Siamang

    Great interview. So good I began to worry that Ms. Johnson might catch some flack from their readership.

  • http://www.whatbox.blogspot.com Jennifer

    I enjoyed learning more about your journey.

    As for being atheist because “you didn’t know what Christianity was about”, I was raised in an ultra-fundamentalist Christian family, went to seminary (to be a pastor’s wife, not a pastor… we were fundies!), and devoted much of my life to saving the lost. In the last 5 years or so, I turned away from much of that particular Christian paradigm, as I came to believe that Jesus’ true message was a humanitarian one. It had everything to do with the way we treat each other in this life, not getting to the next one. I became a humanitarian Christ-follower.

    Then, in the irony of ironies, it was reading Mere Christianity that made the whole thing unravel like a poorly made sweater. Either Jesus was who he claimed, or he wasn’t. Everything came down to the supernatural claims of the gospels, which I didn’t believe. So I walked away from Christianity all together.

    All thanks to C.S. Lewis. :)

  • Logos

    Jennifer, you sound like a very cool person!

  • Marty

    I came to believe that Jesus’ true message was a humanitarian one. It had everything to do with the way we treat each other in this life, not getting to the next one. I became a humanitarian Christ-follower.

    Jennifer – I have never heard it stated this way. I totally agree.

    I also like the Dalai Lama’s “My Religion is Kindness.”

  • Karen

    As for being atheist because “you didn’t know what Christianity was about”, I was raised in an ultra-fundamentalist Christian family, went to seminary (to be a pastor’s wife, not a pastor… we were fundies!), and devoted much of my life to saving the lost. In the last 5 years or so, I turned away from much of that particular Christian paradigm,

    Hi Jennifer! I’m also an ex-fundy (30 years worth). ;-)

    I help moderate an online support group that aims to encourage and help people who are leaving fundamentalist religions. The group was essential to helping me get through the worst part of my “deconversion.” Most of our members are former Christians (some are still religious but not fundamentalist) but we also have Jews and at least one Ba’hai. Our most recent addition is a guy who’s been a Baptist minister for something like 40 years – and he’s just now “seeing the light” and reading “The Age of Reason” – so there’s hope for everyone.

    If you’re interested in joining us:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/exit-fundyism/

  • Billy

    Jennifer,

    I also read Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, and I recall that particular quote very well. It had a different effect on me though. Rather than prompting me to choose the rational over the supernatural, it caused me to reflect on the importance of the divinity of Christ rather than simply saying it was not important.

    What occupies me these days is the question of what the divinity of Christ means to someone (like myself) who accepts both science and religion.

  • http://www.whatbox.blogspot.com Jennifer

    Wow. I didn’t know my comment generated so much feedback, lol. Thank you all.

    Karen, I will look into the group!

  • Champ

    Jennifer,

    What sin made you turn away from the living God and killed your faith?
    What a waste.

  • Siamang

    Champ, that’s quite rude.

    We have beliefs, you have beliefs. Why are you coming here to this website to spread your rude behavior? Do you really think you’ll change anyone’s mind here with that hostility? Why are you so rude and angry?

    I have a practice of welcoming all newcomers, no matter how ill they treat us. Sadly, we have gotten accustomed to rude behavior from Christians visiting this site.

    Welcome, Champ, for as long as you stay. We offer you friendship and fellowship and conversation. May you find what you seek here.

  • txatheist

    Champ,
    I was a xian too and I didn’t sin in my venture to atheism. I simply never read up on xianity from a skeptical viewpoint. Once I did, my personal choice was atheism but I can appreciate liberal xians and leaders like John Spong.

  • http://www.myauctionfeedback.com/blindauctions/ My Next Auctions

    Quite an interesting interview you had, did you know that you have a few eBay copycats who are also trying to sell their souls on eBay on their next auctions?


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X