God's Debris is the first non-Dilbert, non-humor book by best-selling author Scott Adams. Adams describes God's Debris as a thought experiment wrapped in a story. It's designed to make your brain spin around inside your skull. Imagine that you meet a very old man who—you eventually realize—knows literally everything. Imagine that he explains for you the great mysteries of life: quantum physics, evolution, God, gravity, light psychic phenomenon, and probability—in a way so simple, so novel, and so compelling that it all fits together and makes perfect sense. What does it feel like to suddenly understand everything? You may not find the final answer to the big question, but God's Debris might provide the most compelling vision of reality you will ever read. The thought experiment is this: Try to figure out what's wrong with the old man's explanation of reality. Share the book with your smart friends, then discuss it later while enjoying a beverage. It has no violence or sex, but the ideas are powerful and not appropriate for readers under fourteen.
The Blackwell Guide to Theology of Popular Culture outlines various general theories of popular culture, identifies theologians and theological concepts that are conducive to analyzing popular culture, and explores religious themes that are asserting themselves through popular movies, novels, music, television shows and advertising. A timely examination and contribution to the rapidly expanding field of theology and popular culture Locates the theological analysis of culture alongside political, sociological, economic, aesthetic and psychological analyses Surveys the work of religious and theological scholars who have turned their attention to popular culture Considers classic Christian thinkers who have wrestled with culture, such as St. Paul, Tertullian, Augustine, Schleiermacher, Tillich, and Ricoeur Proposes a method for analysing culture to discern its religious content Identifies religious themes in popular culture Uses illustrations, ranging from the fiction of Nick Hornby to Six Feet Under An appendix provides lists of films, novels, television series, consumer products, architectural works, cultural events, and corporate icons that lend themselves to theological analysis.
Creating the Life of Your Dreams Through Constructive, Disciplined Thinking
Author: Neil Paton
Publisher: Balboa Press
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Is there a secret that some people seem to know about and use in creating lives that are overflowing with success and abundance? The answer is absolutely yes. Over the years, it’s been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, and yet surprisingly, it remains a mystery to most to this very day. We are the consequences of our environment, and although we may not recognize the underlying forces influencing our lives each day, the fact is we are all playing a role—for the most part unconsciously—in creating the outcomes that make up our lives. Our thoughts create our feelings, our feelings create our actions, and our actions create our outcomes. Indirectly, yet surely, we alone are ultimately responsible for the outcomes of our lives through the thoughts we have chosen to emotionally connect with. The silver lining is that we also all have within our reach the ability to directly create new outcomes for a future that is limited only by the thoughts we choose from this day forward. Only through learning how to consistently make constructive thought choices can we begin to make a difference in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Join me on a personal journey, learning the so-called secrets and making them work for you in creating the life of your dreams. A brand-new world awaits. Why not come and start building it?
Exposing a long-hidden logical conflict that has hindered the quest for a deeper understanding in science, religion and philosophy. The unique ideas in this book shatter what are often unconscious or deeply hidden but nevertheless widely held assumptions. Whatever your world view or discipline, examine it anew through the window of these 22 hard-hitting essays with titles such as: Evolution as a Property of Mind, Christianity and the Old Gnosis, Isaac Newton & Harry Potter, What is Imagination? - combined with critical insights and commentaries on the works of Charles Darwin, Noam Chomsky, Michael Polanyi, Arthur Koestler, Theodore Roszak, Owen Barfield, Rudolf Steiner and many others. Also, investigate the social future as viewed in the light of an ongoing evolution of human consciousness.
Pandeism: An Anthology presents the work of sixteen authors, new and old, examining the implications of the revolutionary evolutionary theological theory of Pandeism - the proposition that the Creator of our Universe created by becoming our Universe, and that this proposition can be demonstrated through the exercise of logic and reason. These authors present a wide range of views originating from their varied experiences, from professional theologians and religious educators to lay philosophers with PhDs in the hard sciences. Collectively, these authors have assembled the most extensive examination of Pandeism put to print in over a hundred years.
Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, And Hitchens
Author: Vox Day
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
In The Irrational Atheist Vox Day, writer, columnist and software designer, challenges three authors, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, on their own ground—reason itself. Day argues persuasively that Dawkins, Harris and Hitchens employ false assertions and faulty reasoning throughout their works. From the assertion that religion drives wars to the analysis showing blue states are more moral than red states, Day, in this rigorously documented work, dissects the false conclusions and shows exactly why they are wrong. The Irrational Atheist does not argue from a religious or Biblical perspective—its arguments are purely based on hard factual data and careful reasoning.
In this frenetically paced sequel to Adams' best-selling "thought experiment," God's Debris, the smartest man in the world is on a mission to stop a cataclysmic war between Christian and Muslim forces and save civilization. The brilliantly crafted, thought-provoking fable raises questions about the nature of reality and just where our delusions are taking us. With publication of The Religion War, millions of long-time fans of Scott Adams' Dilbert cartoons and business bestsellers will have to admit that the literary world is a better place with Adams on the loose spreading new ideas and philosophical conundrums. Unlike God's Debris, which was principally a dialogue between its two main characters, The Religion War is set several decades in the future when the smartest man in the world steps between international leaders to prevent a catastrophic confrontation between Christianiy and Islam. The parallels between where we are today and where we could be in the near future are clear. According to Adams, The Religion War targets "bright readers with short attention spans-everyone from lazy students to busy book clubs." But while the book may be a three-hour read, it's packed with concepts that will be discussed long after, including a list of "Questions to Ponder in the Shower" that reinforce the story's purpose of highlighting the most important-yet most ignored-questions in the world.
To provide readers with insights into how naval officers think about how to conduct naval warfare, retired naval officer and Naval War College professor Emeritus Roger Barnett opens the oceangoing service for inspection. He attributes the unstructured, at-sea environment with powerfully conditioning an officer's way of thinking, explaining that the watery setting forces them to be constantly alert, self-reliant, and willing to take risks. In characterizing the culture, he describes an expeditionary mindset, underwritten by history and nourished by experience that sets naval officers apart from the other branches of the military. Barnett shows how officers think about the theory and the practice of warfare in oceanic and littoral contexts. In his examination, he clearly demonstrates the unequivocal successes wrought by the culture over the centuries as naval officers met the challenges posed by the conduct of warfare on, under, over, and from the seas