On Sunday, August 12, Eli Sanders will give a talk entitled “Apostasy: One man’s journey through Pentecostal ministry, Eastern Orthodoxy and the occult and how he discovered free thought.” There will also be a potluck lunch starting at noon.
Eli Sanders was born into a zealous Pentecostal family in rural Alabama. A King James-only Christian, he was prophesied over at a young age and told he would be an evangelist. Based on that prophesy, Eli teamed up with Dr. Charles Stanley for ten years, graduated Bible College, and worked as a youth pastor in the Assemblies of God. Eli got to know Dr. Charles Stanley on a personal basis and even had dinner with Jerry Falwell in his home.
But, having been disillusioned with the ugly side of televangelism and politics in the ministry, Eli converted to a more liturgical form of Christianity and was tonsured an acolyte. Eli also drifted through several progressive Christian traditions and even socialized with Bishop John Spong and Marcus Borg from the Jesus Seminar.
But, after reading Nietzsche, Robert Ingersoll, Charles Templeton, Anton LaVey, and Marjoe Gortner’s biography, Eli knew he was done with Christianity for good. Eli’s spiritual and intellectual journey is candid, emotional, and unique because he was so fearless and charismatic about his faith.
Eli has been an “out of the closet” agnostic for about five years and works as an Engineer at CNN in Atlanta.
AFS always meets on the second Sunday of the month unless otherwise noted. We generally meet at Noon for socializing, and then the talk starts at 1 PM. The facility is wheelchair accessible.
Atlanta Freethought Hall is a former Primitive Baptist Church, built in 1866. Atlanta Freethought Society was founded in 1985, which makes it one of Metro Atlanta's oldest secular societies. AF Hall is the meeting place for Fellowship of Reason, Freedom of Religion Foundation of Atlanta, as well as other organizations. We rent the building at reasonable rates. If you would like to rent the hall for an organization meeting, a party, a wedding or other event, please see a Board Member.