In the Beginning Hijacking of the Religion of God

In the Beginning  Hijacking of the Religion of God

He mocketh at the religion and traditions of our forefathers. ... affronts with which
he overwhelmeth our beliefs and traditions, so deprive him of thy protection and
leave us free to treat him 727 in thE bEginning: hiJaCking of thE REligion of god.

Author: Sami M. El-Soudani

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1450046630

Category: Religion

Page: 458

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Preface It was shortly after I had graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1980, with a PhD Degree specializing in fracture mechanics and failure analysis of materials and structures, that I discovered the dire need for this book. This undertaking began to take shape in the early 1980’s with the Middle East aflame, devastated by what some viewed as a “holy” war, and with “millennialists” prophesying the end of days by the year 2000 C. E. After publishing and co-authoring 87 scientific and industrial reports, and technical papers, many of which were in national and international magazines on the subject of failure analysis of metals and fracture mechanics of aircraft structures, I came to realize that consequences of failures of the human spirit are far more devastating than failures of metals and aircraft structures. But now at the outset of the 21st century the world is still experiencing turmoil and devastation by wars spreading like wildfire, with Jews, Christians and Moslems at each other's throats in seemingly never ending battles and ugly strife. Some call it “war on terror,” others speak of “wars of clashing cultures,” “crusades,” “jihad,” etc., etc., etc. One can’t help but wonder how this saga of 99% misery and 1% heroism will ever come to an end. Only the gullible would attempt to explain the ongoing world conflict among “People of the Book”: Jews, Christians and Moslems, based on the course of events during the past few years, or even the past few decades. This is where this book comes in with a rigorous, rationalized, and hopefully convincing critical assessment of a never-before-explored, most innate aspect of the human nature, and that is its obsession with hijacking of the religion of God. For better understanding of the root cause of the ongoing conflict among “People of the Book,” who are supposed to be worshipping the same God, we need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and reflect rationally, while ignoring all rhetoric and emotional bias in researching the past three thousand years of religious history. And this is exactly what I did in writing this three-volume book. More specifically, this book is addressing the religion of God to whom every human being from among the so-called “People of the Book” today turns in prayer. Whether soldiers or civilians, when they are caught in the midst of the ongoing grisly and devastating wars, some would pray to Yahweh, others call upon Jesus Christ, while Moslem brethren whisper the name of Allah upon taking their last breath. Who is that God? And why is He so shrouded with mystery? Is He truly One and the Same God for all these people? Or are we suffering from some self-delusions and possibly hallucinations that may be the senseless products of our ancient religious fabrications and mythmaking. Going back in time three thousand years brings us to one very special night, when God was said to have come down in person onto Mount Sinai to have “a close encounter” with human beings through direct speech. This three-volume book examines the course of religious events from that magic and apocalyptic moment onwards till this day. It took me twenty years of research to show that men who practiced hijacking long before they had wings have been quite active over the past three thousand years engaging in the lucrative business of hijacking the religion of God. All three religious persuasions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam suffered the dire consequences of miserably failing to heed the words of our Merciful and Patient God. No irony intended here in calling it “a business,” and indeed “a lucrative” one, because it brings the hijackers: power, enormous wealth, and often glory, all of which, in the sight of God translate, respectively into: arrogance, greed, and most certainly infamy. In developing the extensive critical review of religion presented herein, detailing the respective histories of the selected thre
Categories: Religion

Where Was God Hijacked

Where Was God Hijacked

Both religions claim their God to be universal— monotheistic—but before Moses'
time, the Jewish God was more of a tribal ... Freud thought that circumcision
originated in Egypt, taking as evidence the writings of Herodotus: “That the
custom of ...

Author: Zana Zangana

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780359026524

Category:

Page: 402

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Where Was God Hijacked? Violence & Human Rights in Islam, Judaism, & Christianity is a non-fiction account of how monotheistic religions throughout history have appropriated the concept of a perfect God to justify unethical actions. The book explores the religious justification for unethical actions performed by adherents of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and examines unethical instructions within the sacred scriptures of these religions, particularly in the Old Testament, the Quran, and in the actions of Muhammad as recorded in the Hadith.
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Hijacking the Brain

Hijacking the Brain

Gratitude is viewed as a prized human propensity in the Christian, Buddhist,
Muslim, Jewish, and Hindu traditions (Emmons, 2000). The concept of gratitude
permeates religious texts, teachings, and traditions with grateful worship to God
as ...

Author: Louis Teresi, MD

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 9781463444846

Category: Medical

Page: 308

View: 824

Hijacking the Brain provides the first-ever scientific explanation for the success of Twelve-Step programs. Hijacking the Brain examines data provided by recent rapid growth in the fields of neuroscience, neuroimaging, psychology, sociobiology and interpersonal neurobiology that have given us new, dramatic insights into the neural and hormonal correlates of stress and addiction, cognitive decline with addiction, as well as for the relative success of Twelve-Step Programs of recovery. Addiction is recognized by experts as an organic brain disease, and most experts promote Twelve-Step programs (AA, NA, CA, etc.) which invoke a 'spiritual solution' for recovery. To date, no one has described why these programs work. 'Hijack' tells us why. In 'Hijack, ' the role of 'working The Steps' for reducing stress and becoming emotionally centered is discussed in depth. A full chapter is devoted to the rewarding and comforting physiology of meditation and the spiritual experience. The author uses examples from animal sociobiology, as well as sophisticated human brain-imaging studies, to demonstrate that empathic socialization and altruism are instinctive and 'naturally rewarding' and, along with Step Work, act as a substitute for the 'synthetic rewards' of drugs of abuse. 'Hijack' does not challenge the Steps or the Traditions of Twelve-Step programs. The sole intention of Hijacking the Brain is to 'connect the dots' between an 'organic brain disease' and a 'spiritual solution' with sound physical, scientific evidence. Avoiding strict scientific language as much as possible, 'Hijack' is written for the layperson and abundantly illustrated.
Categories: Medical

In the Beginning

In the Beginning

Our analysis of three millennia of religious history show that "the Religion of God" has been hijacked right from the beginning till this day.

Author: Sami M. El-Soudani

Publisher:

ISBN: 1643612808

Category: Religion

Page: 458

View: 602

Our analysis of three millennia of religious history show that "the Religion of God" has been hijacked right from the beginning till this day. Men who practiced hijacking long before they had wings have been engaging in the lucrative business of hijacking the religion of God, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam whose members miserably failed to heed the words of our Merciful God. No irony intended in calling it "a business" and indeed "a lucrative one," because it brings the hijackers power, enormous wealth, and often glory, which, in the sight of God, translate respectively, into arrogance, greed, and infamy. But for now my all-time brothers, And sisters reading my sad story, These hijackers have had their druthers, Ans some even celebrated their glory; But don't ye grieve or be uptight So long as we all this time get it right; We must reach out and pull one another, So we all can make it through a very long night, Rising above the abyss of dirt and mud, Remembering that with every daybreak, There is a new beginning with God.
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Pastor Don t Let Satan Hijack Your Church

Pastor  Don t Let Satan Hijack Your Church

It contains the element of compromise, lowering God's standard to accommodate
the people's desire. (2). It contains the element of ... Kingdom giants takes time.
Repetition will produce a religious person, but time spent with God will produce ...

Author: Olusola Areogun

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781477135228

Category: Religion

Page: 96

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PASTOR, DON'T LET SATAN HIJACK YOUR CHURCH is a clarion call to everyone in the pulpit ministry. God is sounding an alarm to warn everyone in the fivefold ministry on how to preserve you calling from pollution and how to escape the onslaught of the enemy against the work of God. With a step-by-step exposition of the word, the author exposes the priority assignment of the man of God, the strategies of the devil to corrupt the work of God in your hand and how to avoid them. Even if you are not in the pulpit ministry, this book will prepare you as a vessel unto honour.
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Hijacked Idols in Disguise

Hijacked  Idols in Disguise

This is true of all pagan religions and pseudoChristian organizations.
Mostofthese movements have their origins in the occult and demonstrate that
Satan iseverat work trying tothwart God's redemptive workbyoffering a counterfeit,
mancentered, idolatrous ... There are two major traditions, Theravada and
Mahayana.

Author: Rosemary Monreau

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 9781490855004

Category: Religion

Page: 152

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Anything or anyone is a potential idol the moment our affection is diverted from God. Deep down, none of us desire to suffer bondage or intentionally act against the will of God. To avert the danger of something or someone becoming an idol, and to fight any idol that besets us, we must resist that object of our obsession and put it in its rightful place. As idolatry has engulfed us, are we, Western Christians ready to stand in Christ in the face of increasing hostility towards Christianity? Can the secular world see a difference in our daily lives; in the living out of our faith? Hijacked! Idols in Disguise explores the snares that have mesmerized and captivated Western Christians. Consider what redemption would look like if our choices were imbued by a concern for Kingdom values; contrition, confession, repentance, and reconciliation leads to spiritual healing and renews our faith commitment to Christ. Meet the Idol Slayer and join in the journey to breaking the strongholds, to falling in love with God again; standing firm in faith, and proclaiming the Kingdom of God by example and love.
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Who and Where Is God

Who and Where Is God

But what, you may be inquiring is the connection between what you have just
read and “Who and Where is God?” Well, in so many ways GOD has been
hijacked, captured, and imprisoned by religion(s). In a word, GOD has been “
made-over” ...

Author: Ursula M. Anderson

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781610970808

Category: Religion

Page: 104

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In a courageous, achingly honest, and long overdue insight and expose, which just may be on the distaff side of political correctness, the author invites a rethinking of our origins and the beliefs on which we build important components of our lives. In particular, how in spite of the creative compassionate love and energy of God which is our source, humanity has become a purveyor of intolerance, abuse and violence She traces the role that memory, both personal and transgenerational, has played in the evolution of human consciousness, and how religious and cultural beliefs therein embedded, have dictated attitudes, feelings, and behavior, which too often have served and continue to serve as ignition to violence and wars. Looking to the future, she pin points what needs to be done to moderate the violence in our world and reignite the divine, by fostering the tolerance and compassion that derives from truly believing every child, woman, and man of all creeds and races come from the same source.
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Hijacked by Jesus eBook

Hijacked by Jesus  eBook

No, humility is about you becoming more and more who God created you to be
by surrendering all those selfish desires to ... honest andtransparent lifestyle will
sometimes bring them into conflict with others that live superficial religious lives.

Author: Stephan Joubert

Publisher: Christian Art Publishers

ISBN: 9781432102197

Category: Religion

Page: 184

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After having been the victim of a hijacking Stephan Joubert realized that he had a second chance to truly live for God. From that point on he has allowed Jesus to totally and gracefully transform his life. Stephan explains that a Jesus-hijacking is about people who have been touched by the story of Jesus. People who have been hijacked by the grace of God spread goodness around like wildfire. They constantly infect other people with the right virus – grace. They are highly contagious and beautifully dangerous. They set wildfires of mercy alight that spread from person to person, and to the rest of God’s creation. HIJACKED BY JESUS will inspire readers to walk much closer to the Savior and equip them to be grace distributors in their homes, churches and the world around them.
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Open Questions

Open Questions

Lu ıs Rodrigues—Religious people say that without God, there would be no
moral values: God is what makes the recognition of morality possible. Why and
how has morality been hijacked by religions (namely, the ''revealed'' religions) to
 ...

Author: Luís F. Rodrigues

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313386442

Category: Philosophy

Page: 360

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This book offers 27 interviews with distinguished intellectuals from different fields of expertise, presenting their viewpoints about the existence and nonexistence of God, the roles of religion and science, and other related—and controversial—topics. * Contributors include distinguished scholars and investigators with both religious and nonreligious worldviews * New interviews, never published before, provide unique and accessible insight into the current thinking of prominent scholars * Provides various viewpoints on controversial topics in a civil, respectful manner
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The End Times Hoax and the Hijacking of Our Liberty

The End Times Hoax and the Hijacking of Our Liberty

This book entices the reader to explore a nearly universal but rarely challenged belief and the implications it has had and continues to have on our liberty.

Author: Steven Wallace

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 9781608443796

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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The Biblical END TIMES prophecy is one of the most influential and pervasive beliefs of human history. It has been with us for thousands of years, is delicately woven into society's fabric, and is the foundational basis for the belief in the divine right of kings and other civil authority. Religious institutions promote the divine right of kings concept, and the ruling elite are seldom shy about playing their expected roles, even if they may resent the inherent implication of being second best. Many of the ruling elite, whether operating in the public domain or behind the curtain, appear to be working diligently at dethroning God and elevating themselves to the position of being the all-wise and omnipotent benefactors of all things good and the honored recipients of our undivided loyalty. This book entices the reader to explore a nearly universal but rarely challenged belief and the implications it has had and continues to have on our liberty. The Wallaces are your average Joe and Jane, but they were blessed with an insatiable curiosity, a passion for the subject matter, and a skeptical view of secular and religious authority. They were both raised in very similar, conservative, church-going families during the '50s and '60s and embarked on their own lives in the '70s, taking their inherited core values and belief systems with them as they entered adulthood and assumed their places in the world. The authors don't have a portfolio of educational degrees or extensive writing credentials, but they are, nonetheless, eager to let their book speak for itself. The Wallaces live in southwestern Colorado.
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Religious Liberty in America

Religious Liberty in America

114 Law and religion scholar Yehudah Mirsky said a primary weakness of civil
religion is that it is based on myth , and myths can deceive . “ The tone of ...
America's moral failings , as democracy and as a nation ostensibly under God ,
are glossed over , " Mirsky wrote . “ To the extent that ... religion . “ In hijacking
God for its ...

Author: Bruce T. Murray

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39076002742596

Category: Religion

Page: 213

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In recent years a series of highly publicized controversies has focused attention on what are arguably the sixteen most important words in the U.S. Constitution: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The ongoing court battles over the inclusion of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, the now annual cultural quarrel over "Merry Christmas" vs. "Happy Holidays," and the political promotion of "faith-based initiatives" to address social problems--all reflect competing views of the meaning of the religious liberty clauses of the First Amendment. Such disputes, as Bruce T. Murray shows, are nothing new. For more than two hundred years Americans have disagreed about the proper role of religion in public life and where to draw the line between church and state. In this book, he reexamines these debates and distills the volumes of commentary and case law they have generated. He analyzes not only the changing contours of religious freedom but also the phenomenon of American civil religion, grounded in the notion that the nation's purpose is sanctified by a higher authority--an idea that can be traced back to the earliest New England colonists and remains deeply ingrained in the American psyche. Throughout the book, Murray connects past and present, tracing the historical roots of contemporary controversies. He considers why it is that a country founded on the separation of church and state remains singularly religious among nations, and concludes by showing how the Supreme Court's thinking about the religious liberty clauses has evolved since the late eighteenth century.--From publisher description.
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Hijacking America

Hijacking America

How the Secular and Religious Right Changed What Americans Think Susan
George ... of America and many Americans — though very far from all, thank God
— have become mean-spirited and fearful; that American perceptions have
shifted; ...

Author: Susan George

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780745658858

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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George Bush leaves the White House in January 2009 and the United States goes back to “normal”, right? Wrong, argues Susan George in this fascinating, thorough and often chilling account of the decades-long transformation of American society and political culture. Using the four “Ms” – money, media, marketing, management—but above all with a keen sense of mission, the American secular and religious right has made its “long march through the institutions” and changed the way Americans think. As the left went about its business in blissful ignorance, convinced that its policies, programmes and projects spoke for themselves and would always prevail; the right’s well-oiled machine of foundations, lobbies, think-tanks, publications, political cadres, lawyers and activist organisations slowly and strategically took over. A broad alliance of neo-liberals, neo-conservatives and the religious right successfully manufactured a new common sense, assaulted Enlightenment values and targeted the top of society where culture is created and legitimized, because they knew that ideas have consequences—and not just in the United States. Hijacking America is that rarity of a book, a thoroughly researched page-turner. Clearly and gracefully written, it will enthral the general reader while providing plenty of factual nourishment for the student of politics, culture, religion or international relations. And for all those who hope for a different America in the future, the first step is to hold the present one up to the light and understand how it got that way.
Categories: Political Science

Religion Indexes

Religion Indexes

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015016320049

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God Is Not One

God Is Not One

The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences Matter
Stephen Prothero ... blowing up ancient statues of the Buddha, and Saudi
hijackers armed with airplanes, annihilating thousands of innocents for God and
for virgins. ... One side ignores Quranic passages and Islamic traditions that have
been used to justify war on unbelievers, while the other ignores Islam's just-war ...

Author: Stephen Prothero

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061991202

Category: Religion

Page: 400

View: 606

In God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World, New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and religion scholar Stephen Prothero argues that persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct problem that each tradition seeks to solve. Delving into the different problems and solutions that Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Confucianism, Yoruba Religion, Daoism and Atheism strive to combat, God is Not One is an indispensable guide to the questions human beings have asked for millennia—and to the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today. Readers of Huston Smith and Karen Armstrong will find much to ponder in God is Not One.
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Grand Theft Jesus

Grand Theft Jesus

Grand Theft Jesus blends outrage and humor in a compelling argument that will help to resurrect the real Jesus, who has been crucified and interred by the “Right Reverends” who recite the Apostles’ Greed, are pro-choice on wars of ...

Author: Robert S. McElvaine

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9780307409706

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 610

“Jesus never wrote a book, but I recognize his handwriting in Grand Theft Jesus. Like Jesus, McElvaine uses lively illustrations and a serious sense of humor to cleanse the temple of exclusive and exploitative religion.” –The Reverend Alan Storey,Calvary Methodist Church, South Africa “We’re mad as Heaven, and we’re not going to take it anymore!” declares historian Robert McElvaine in this passionate and often hilarious rallying cry for sincere Jesus Followers. He lets the rest of society know that the extreme right wing won’t be allowed to speak for all Christians any longer. His whip-smart, take-no-prisoners polemic lays bare the Christian Right’s “Easy Jesus” creed, in which people who claim to accept Jesus get a free pass to lie in his name. Grand Theft Jesus exposes the televangelists and the leaders of megachurches as the people Jesus warned us about–the wolves in sheep’s clothing of our day. The religion that McElvaine calls ChristianityLite resembles schemes that promise “Lose weight without diet or exercise!” Its leaders say, “Be saved without sacrifice or good works!” Run by a crew of politicians, megachurch preachers, televangelists, hypocrites, and snake-oil salesmen, it has hijacked true Christianity and distorted it into something Jesus wouldn’t recognize. Its leaders have taken the generous and loving ideals of Christ and twisted them into a religion that advocates war and intolerance, values money above charity, preaches hatred instead of brotherhood, and promises “true” believers the keys to the gates of the kingdom of God–and to the bank vault. Jesus’ radical message of love and peace has been drowned out by the bluster, the hate, and the selfishness that often passes for Christianity in America. McElvaine names names in his list of “Leading Lites” who have earned spots on Jesus’ Ten Most Unwanted List and exposes the hypocritical (Ted Haggard), the disgraceful (Pat Robertson), and the shocking (Ann Coulter). Grand Theft Jesus blends outrage and humor in a compelling argument that will help to resurrect the real Jesus, who has been crucified and interred by the “Right Reverends” who recite the Apostles’ Greed, are pro-choice on wars of choice, and preach the Greater Gory of Christ.
Categories: Social Science

God Is Not One Enhanced Edition

God Is Not One  Enhanced Edition

The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences Matter
Stephen Prothero ... blowing up ancient statues of the Buddha, and Saudi
hijackers armed with airplanes, annihilating thousands of innocents for God and
for virgins. ... One side ignores Quranic passages and Islamic traditions that have
been used to justify war on unbelievers, while the other ignores Islam's just-war ...

Author: Stephen Prothero

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062011428

Category: Religion

Page: 400

View: 775

In God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World, New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and religion scholar Stephen Prothero argues that persistent attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct problem that each tradition seeks to solve. Delving into the different problems and solutions that Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Confucianism, Yoruba Religion, Daoism and Atheism strive to combat, God is Not One is an indispensable guide to the questions human beings have asked for millennia—and to the disparate paths we are taking to answer them today. Readers of Huston Smith and Karen Armstrong will find much to ponder in God is Not One.
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Blasphemy

Blasphemy

How the Religious Right is Hijacking the Declaration of Independence Alan
Dershowitz ... to the Declaration of Independence, the right of the colonists to
separate from Great Britain was based on “the Laws of Nature and of Nature's
God.

Author: Alan Dershowitz

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470084557

Category: Political Science

Page: 195

View: 947

Looks at the diverse ways the religious right has been abusing the Declaration of Independence in an effort to Christianize America, countering arguments that the document was founded on biblical law.
Categories: Political Science

Civilisation Hijacked

Civilisation Hijacked

enemies, that idea comes from their family, or religious, political, and national
leaders. ... They are too busy defending their particular concept of god to actually
see the effect that this tunnel vision is having on the wellbeing of the collective ...

Author: Al Morris

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781440182426

Category: Religion

Page: 248

View: 707

Worship of this ancient mythical god has produced distorted political and social systems. This is the foundation of today's values and worldview among general populations of the so-called civilized world. Tradition (slow cultural conditioning) and the use of modern social engineering manufactured the world we have today. A world controlled by a few small powerful groups in the area of religion, politics and commerce. In the hands of unscrupulous people, fear and greed have been sown and cultivated individually and nationally, for wealth and power of their particular limited group rather than for the common good. This book amply illustrates the political, social, commercial and theological mess that we have inherited as a consequence. The exclusivity of the three main stream religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam has brought the world to the brink of disaster. The only solution to this is through a particular style of Education already in use worldwide. Early intervention is vital. This book does not destroy faith, it encourages and focuses it as a rational, experiential recognition of the individual and collective human spirit. The collective consciousness must be harnessed for the Herculean task of saving humanity from the fate of self inflicted annihilation.
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The Sociology of Religion

The Sociology of Religion

For strong fundamentalists, something is either part of God's plan or against it;
there is no neutral ground. In terms of ... in the attacks. According to the BBC
World News Service (“Hijack 'Suspects' 222——THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION.

Author: George Lundskow

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 9781412937214

Category: Social Science

Page: 445

View: 704

Using a lively narrative, The Sociology of Religion is an insightful text that follows the logic of actual research, first investigating the facts of religion in all its great diversity, including its practices and beliefs, and then analyzing actual examples of religious developments using relevant conceptual frameworks. As a result, students actively engage in the discovery, learning, and analytical processes as they progress through the textùjust as a scholar pursues knowledge in the field and then applies theoretical constructs to interpret findings.This unique text is organized around essential topics and real-life issues and examines religion both as an object of sociological analysis as well as a device for seeking personal meaning in life. While primarily sociological in focus, the text incorporates relevant interdisciplinary scholarshipùthus teaching sociological perspectives on religion while introducing students to relevant research from other fields. Sidebar features and photographs of religious figures bring the text to life for readers.Key Features and Benefits:Uses substantive and truly contemporary real-life religious issues of current interest to engage the reader in a way few other texts doCombines theory with empirical examples drawn from the United States and around the world, emphasizing a critical and analytical perspective that encourages better understanding of the material presentedFeatures discussions of emergent religions, consumerism, and the link between religion, sports, and other forms of popular cultureDraws upon interdisciplinary literature, helping students appreciate the contributions of other disciplines while primarily developing an understanding of the sociology of religion InstructorÆs Resources on CD-ROM· InstructorÆs Resources on CD-ROM contains chapter outlines, summaries, multiple-choice questions, essay questions, and short answer questions as well as illustrations from the book. Contact Customer Care at 1-800-818-SAGE (7243) to request a copy (6:00 a.m.û5:00 p.m., PST).Intended Audience: This core text is designed for upper-level undergraduate students of Sociology of Religion or Religion and Politics.
Categories: Social Science

Did We Create God

Did We Create God

... now seeing that religions can be used to control the minds of the people, have
hijacked it, but I tell you, the African continent and its people are affected and
need to wake up. Europeans are living above man-made Gods and religions but
 ...

Author: Joachim Onyeakor

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781477136973

Category: Religion

Page: 245

View: 881

The author believes that the religious arena has turned into a market place hence anyone can buy God and religious institutions can also canvass for membership to increase their sales. He expresses his dismay at most religions of the world and their levels of hypocrisy, particularly within the Pentecostal Christian community that is fragmenting into untold numbers and has turned into a tool of fraud and deceit; selling God, selling salvation, selling false dreams and false hopes; deploying stage- managed miracles as catch tools and also as tools of mind slavery. He is not comfortable with suicide bombers within the Islamic community who erroneously claim that such extreme level of ugliness will lead them into heaven. He says that the ways religious institutions are conducting themselves lately; we no longer know who created who; whether God created Man or Man created him for a purpose. According to the Christian Bible, Christ did say do unto others as you will have them do unto you; love one another hence the Author begs to know whether others and one another according to Christ mean all races and religious faiths since those golden rules are not being applied by those who told us about Christ. In the name of Capitalism and Materialism, Man has almost turned into a base animal hence making this earth look like a jungle where no rules apply and where conscience and love no more have a place. We live in times when Man create diseases and create their cures. The author believes that since most people especially Africans believe in the Bible information and Bible stories, and the Bible has it that the Pharaohs of Africa did enslave the Israelites in the past, then colonialism and slavery may be human nature and a form of revenge which one must also strive to resist. Colonialism seems to be a form of ugliness just like Apartheid, forceful dominance, slavery and other forms of Mans oppressions and inhumanity against fellow Man which happens from time to time in human history which humanity must also fight to outlive. The author disagrees with the notion that God chooses some people to rule over others, hence he believes that people choose themselves. According to the Christian Bible, Christ did say to his disciples that, greater things shall they do in his name, hence it is time that the so called Christian anointed men of God who are performing miracles only on church stages also walk on water for all to see. Unfortunately, the continent of Africa where it is said that civilization began, has more churches than factories yet the continent has failed to develop.
Categories: Religion