TITLE: The Tyranny Of God: Liberating Ourselves From Our Own Beliefs
AUTHOR: Marquez Comelab
PUBLISHER: OrangesAndLime Publishing
BOOK RELEASE: December 2008
LANGUAGE: Australian English
"Everything we do is based on what we believe. Our religious beliefs influence where we stand on many important issues like sexuality, abortion, ethics and terrorism, amongst many others. In a democracy, we vote for leaders to whom we abrogate responsibility to make decisions that affect us all. Since all votes are equal, the value of a well thought-out vote is the same as that of a careless one. We owe it to ourselves, to each other and to our children to be well-informed so we can start making more educated decisions today."
- Marquez Comelab
This book explores the truth behind our beliefs in God and the propensity of human beings to be religious. In an honest attempt to seek the answers to life's deepest questions, I probe into how life began. I then progress to investigate the true nature of religions and their impact on our lives and the rest of humanity.
Reviews and comments from readers:
"While Comelab's writing is always moderate in tone, its message clearly undermines current distractions with accommodationist arguments towards presumed religious "moderates". It is written with the fresh confidence of a young man who has had early success in his adopted country and only recently come to realise the truth of atheism. For those like me whose only worry about Atheism has long been its faultering progress, Comelab reminds us that much of the energy must continue to come from those who have more recently learned the truth. He seems more than bright enough to soon progress to seeing atheism not as an end but as a starting point to the kind of understanding that should enable us to work towards a future incomparably better than any heaven the faithful can imagine."
- TONY SMITH (AUSTRALIA)
Its beyond my imagination that you can put it all together in a book. Two thumbs up! You can not imagine what happen when I first read the title of your book, and got excited about it and kept reading until dawn. I commend you in putting so much effort to collecting data and put it together to support your idea.
How can I say this... your book is really ME in here, existing to tell, spread, and contradict but in very small area only (very limited, considering my country religion majority). Most of it can only be talked between my family member and close friends. Your book provides BEAUTIFUL BITTER TRUTH : that is how I would sum it up.
I called it beautiful because it opens up the very shell of a religions and the implications it caused over the past hundred, even thousands of years. I cannot describe with my limited english skill the insight your book has shown. But I am AFRAID your book WILL NEVER SPREAD TO MY COUNTRY. It will cause a massive attacks and chaos from the religious majority. I feel happy but the same time sad, really sad...Well again I cannot say THANK YOU ENOUGH.
- J. A. (Indonesia)
This book has taught me so much about evolution, the history of religions and the effect is has on our modern day society! The author shares his personal journey as a believer and provides much needed "food for thought". I recommend this book to all those who want to form their own opinion about believing or not believing.
THE READERS OF THIS BOOK:
In writing this book, I imagined five groups of readers:
- The irreligious or the atheist
- The agnostic
- The moderately religious
- The religious
- The subject-matter experts
Every one of these readers will have different needs and reasons for wanting to read this book.
The Irreligious And The Atheists
This book can be a handy tool if you need help in clarifying why you may lack belief in God. I hope it helps you argue some of the ideas you have with other people.
I was an agnostic once. As I found out, much of my agnosticism stemmed from my inability or unwillingness to seek the answers to the big questions of life and our existence. I went to an Episcopalian primary school and I went to a public school in high school. Neither of them taught the theory of evolution, natural selection or how life began.
Science is now at the stage where it is able to provide us all with intellectually-satisfying answers to many of our cosmological questions. Yet, sadly, millions of people remain ignorant of its ability to give us all a sense of wonder and appreciation for the beauty and drama of the world we live in.|
The Moderately Religious
I understand that many of you may have doubts about the existence of God. Perhaps you even doubt that religions come from divine sources, however, you still believe that religions could be beneficial in some way. I think many of you will find the scientific explanation behind the origins of life and evolution pleasantly surprising. To many of you, who have not really read your Scriptures, you might be interested to have another look at some of the verses and re-examine what it means to be moderately religious.
Regardless of your religion, I want to appeal to you because I am sure we share the same belief that extremism and the literal interpretation of the scriptures are not conducive to the type of society we want to live in.
The Strongly Religious
Strongly religious people usually get angry, offended, annoyed or dismissive of anybody, or anything, that challenges their beliefs. Sometimes they are even fearful of entertaining any idea that deviates from their beliefs because God might be watching. This book is not to make you doubt your beliefs; rather, to help you understand how people can not be religious like you.
I hope you will finish reading this book. I want to appeal to you by saying that, because we share the same planet, what you choose to believe in, affects everybody else. Likewise, what another person believes, will ultimately affect you. It is therefore very important to continue engaging in dialogue because that is the only way for humanity to overcome its challenges.
The Subject-Matter Experts
I have made every effort to find the latest and most robust theories and ideas to cover in this book. However, I am also aware that ideas are continuously being challenged by other ideas. Such is the reality of our search for truth. But so long as we ground our knowledge and wisdom with reality, we will eventually discover the answers we are looking for.
In writing this book, I largely wrote to communicate with people who have not formally studied your field... people like me. It is difficult to be an expert in all the subjects religion touches. This is why I have resorted to quoting many of you instead of using my own words. I hope I can arouse enough interest for people to learn more about your works, your theories and your ideas.
I welcome any feedback, corrections and invitations for further discussions, should you allow me the privilege. In this book, I have made some observations and postulations of my own. If you have any thoughts, experiments or works that either support or disagree with them, I would be delighted to hear about them.