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Saturday, April 21, 2012

I just finished a short non-fiction work called Mere Theosophy

Remember, this is a first draft so it definitely needs some editing and revision before it is ready.  It'll be a $1 ebook when it's done.

Here is the Introduction:


First, this book is meant to be an optimistic work. I hope you end up feeling it was a very positive experience. The beginning of the text certainly will be construed as negative though and heretical to many. My apologies in advance for that. If you succeed wading through the first couple of sections, there is the “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,” so to speak. This text utilizes the “military boot camp” strategy that has been used by textbooks for hundreds of years of breaking down assumed current conventions (Parts One and Two) and building up a new framework to learn from in Part Three.
You may be wondering why I am writing this book. It's bound to be controversial, right? Am I some sort of raging atheist who sues the government over crosses on public land (see the Mount Soledad cross controversy on Wikipedia.com)? No. In fact, I was raised a Christian. I was raised in the Church of Religious Science and have roots in the Church of Christ, the Methodist church, and, most recently, the Episcopal church. I still believe Jesus is a great prophet (more on that later). I didn't convert to Islam, Buddhism, Scientology (although I've some minor dealings with them in the past) or anything like that and, on some level, I even still consider myself a Christian (though that's kind of silly, as we'll discuss later).
I don't plan on bashing your religion. Religion has its good and bad points, just like everything else in the universe. I plan on keeping the focus of the book fairly narrow. My premise is simple: “What religions, if any, support a true Universal God (an omnipresent, omnipotent, all-loving creator of the universe)? If not, then what?”
So, back to the original question: why am I writing this? There are a couple of reasons.
First, I've been increasingly feeling like a hypocrite to my kids. Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, the Stork...we lie to our kids a lot. Admittedly, it’s to protect their innocence or in good-natured fun, but still, we don't want our kids lying to us but we start lying to them as soon as they start understanding things.
Second, I hope this book will help people like me whose religion just isn't making sense to them anymore. I started wondering about the Christian god after reading A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara Tuchman when I was an adolescent. In that work, popes deposing kings, the Inquisition, the Black Plague and more made me wonder if God would do that. Then I delved into the Holy Bible more and found a stunning amount of inconsistencies and contradictions throughout. I suspect I'm not the only one. Maybe this treatise will provide some answers.
And why am I writing this now? Recently, a couple incidents happened to spur me to actually write this instead of just leaving it swirling around my head as it has done for the last 25 years.
The first incident occurred when Christmas, 2011, came around and the whole “Jesus died for your sins” thing appeared again. I always had trouble with that idea (more on that later).
The second incident happened at a recent dinner discussion that included a 16-year-old acquaintance of ours. Somehow the discussion turned to religion and outer space. At one point I asked, “So, if we found life on another planet, Jesus died for their sins too?”
She quickly responded, “Of course.”
That was one of the most insane and inane comments I had ever heard. Now, keep in mind, this girl was incredibly smart. The lowest grade she had ever received was a 97 as far as I had known but yet she was so brainwashed by organized religion that it was obvious to her that Jesus died here on little ole Earth for the sins of every sentient being of every habitable planet in the universe.
This incident and hundreds of others in the news every year lead me to believe now is the time for this work, a work that might help bring religion (theosophy, spirituality, etc.) into the 21st century and allow some middle-ground between atheistic science and fanatical religion.

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