Q&A: Atheist Author Gina Welch on Joining Evangelicals

Atheist Gina Welch went undercover for two years, joining a megachurch and revealing her nonbeliever status to no one. She talked with TIME about why even atheists can respect Christian evangelism.

“They felt that they could do something about the eternal suffering of others. I came to see evangelism instead as a kind of empathy. That made me feel like there was something in it I could respect.”

“…the experience that I had of most people was that they were very concerned with being good in this life. They wanted to do as Jesus would do in this life.”

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