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    I won this book in Goodreads First Reads Odds 10 copies available, 683 people requesting 1.5% Now that final exams are over, I ve picked up this book so I can finally review it I ve only read the back cover and a bit of the Author s Introduction so far, and I kinda disagree with the premise so far If religions could be made reasonable they could become a positive force and begin to achieve their core purpose of spiritual guidance I guess that depends on what the author means by reasonable , and I guess that s why I m reading this book to find out what the author proposes We are in new and dangerous times, and the historic course that religions have taken for thousands of years is making the situation worse Okay times are always new and dangerous, at any point in history I mean for those living the times although we may no longer find the history new and dangerous, because it s in the past I guess I ll read on to see exactly how the author thinks the religions are making situation worse My growing concern has been that doctrinal religions are, by their nature, opposed to most of those values individual initiative, human liberty, fairness for the less fortunate, human equality, active foreign policy, and a view that fair and open democracy can lead to the best form of human political governance and when applied in a fundamental form in the political arena can be corrosive to human peace and liberty Interestingly, I see no real opposition between religion and those values I suppose the author could be talking about specific controversial issues, e.g human equality being code for gay marriage or something I have to back up and mention this My perceptions of the book may be colored by an article based on the book the author has sent me, when I won It sort of sounded anti religious The author explained that he s supportive of the Church but critical of the leadership.Another thought that came to me as I m reading this book and since I m reading St Thomas Aquinas at the same time, is that even if I might not like the contents, it could be right The first chapter in St Thomas Aquinas explains that St Francis with his ideas of reform for the church wasn t accepted well by his superiors but through the lens of time we can see that the reform was indeed needed at that time It should be noted though that the reform was not doctrinal in nature the teaching of the church has not been changed by St Francis I wonder if the same would apply here I was right on target with where the author was going with it The very next page confirms it He brings up discrimination against women and homosexuals, and wants a doctrinal change Sadly, I think this is all a misunderstanding of the doctrine In my opinion it s the secularized world that treats women unfairly instead, and while certainly there is discrimination against homosexuals it is proclaimed as wrong directly in the Catechism of the Catholic Church The other doctrinal issue that the author is opposed to is exclusivity , meaning that people of other faiths cannot be saved Exclusivity is not a Catholic concept we believe that we have the fullness of truth, but others have truth too and all peoples can be saved although it s definitely part of some religions.The sort of religion that the author is calling for an abstract one, minus the scriptures, the rituals, the human like God is boring I don t know how people can be excited about it enough to leave off their selfish ways I m reminded of Orthodoxy by Chesterton, which begins with the discussion about the original sin one thing from Christianity that can actually be proven Everyone sometimes does things they know are wrong although we are experts at making excuses Can we really overcome this tendency by sticking to some abstract concept I think God needs to be this personal Chesterton s discussion goes into a different direction from here, responding to those who don t believe in sin Most people are filtering teachings of their religions and questioning and looking for answers that make sense The vast majority of people in the world are religious The majority are also human and reasonable, and as such, are heretics In response to the first sentence of that Yeah, people do that, I know For me personally, the I learn about my faith, the sense it makes There are justifications for everything and so far, it explains the world much better than anything else It fits Returning to Chesterton s Orthodoxy, in the last chapter he answers a question that a hypothetical agnostic may ask a person who has found truths in certain doctrines, But even supposing that those doctrines do include those truths, why cannot you take the truths and leave the doctrines If you see clearly the kernel of common sense in the nut of Christian orthodoxy, why cannot you simply take the kernel and leave the nut Why cannot you simply take what is good in Christianity, what you can define as valuable, and leave all the rest, all the absolute dogmas that are in their nature incomprehensible The answer he gives essentially is that he has looked into the many and various objections to Christianity and found them false, based on incorrect assumptions The truths of the Christianity however just add up, so to speak The bottom line is this my reason for accepting the religion and not merely the scattered and secular truths out of the religion I do it because the thing has not merely told this truth or that truth, but has revealed itself as a truth telling thing All other philosophies say the things that plainly seem to be true only this philosophy has again and again said the thing that does not seem to be true, but is true Alone of all creeds it is convincing where it is not attractive it turns out to be right Now the latter part of the quoted passage and a few others make an implication that those who are orthodox are unreasonable and superstitious religious fanatics I kind of have to take an exception to that p The first part of the book sets out the author s philosophy This is apparently what he calls reasonable religion I think I m not going to review this But I ll make a few comments he denies the original sin, which is exactly what Chesterton was talking about and what I alluded to earlier I had quite a chuckle on a section called God is Not a Spiritual Accountant Somehow, over the years, we seem to have gotten the idea that God is an accountant, or the head of a huge accounting firm, carefully entering the credits and debits of our spiritual balance sheet on the very surface of our soul good marks black marks In the end, if the soul shows a positive balance, we make it into heaven Religious organizations claim to have obtained local banking and accounting franchises from God and pretend to have the power to determine our spiritual balances, to erase the black marks on our soul, and give us credits to get into heaven There are often bonus points for deathbed repentance or martyrdom It is funny when put that way, but I have my reasons for disagreeing with what most of the section says I wouldn t make a good apologist yet I realized that reading this book, I m pausing on all the things I disagree with, rather than looking for things we have in common, to have those as a starting point in the conversation That s what St Paul was doing in Athens, and the advice I ve heard a number of times On one hand, I think it s good that I know where the differences are, that I know what I believe But that s not all that s important Another point if I m finding this book frustrating because of what I feel are misunderstandings , that s probably a sign that I shouldn t read something like The God Delusion.


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    I received this book from Goodreads Giveaways as a First Read book Very thought provoking book about how to maneuver in our world Detailed, well written, and excellently researched I suggest anyone looking for a refreshing, new approach to dealing with conflicts in the worldshould read this book I would like to add that while I have a strong certain core of spiritual beliefsI am open to the ideas on spirituality that this book presents.


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    Although not what I was expecting, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book I think it is about time that the true nature of religions is exposed to the world especially with the rapid rise of globalization, where cultures can no longer remain isolated from each other as they were able to do in the past, and therefore have to directly deal with their differences My main critique against religions which was pointed out in The New Enlightenment is the fact that religions choose to be exclusive against adherents of different faiths the idea that we re right than you are wrong Reading The New Enlightenment, I liked how Grady E Means took the time to really point out the flaws of religions and how they can end up working against one s spirituality Spirituality is something I used to solely associate with religion, so I appreciated how he was able to distinguish the two.


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    received advanced copy through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.This book had a lot of potential, but I couldn t get into the author s writing style I also expected depth to the arguments he posed I m not fond of authors who make grand generalizations without backing up their arguments, and unfortunately, that is the impression I received with this book Perhaps I need to re read it at a future date.But for now it is going back on to the bookshelf.


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The New Enlightenment download The New Enlightenment , read online The New Enlightenment , kindle ebook The New Enlightenment , The New Enlightenment a1e5fdb86057 It Is With This Premise That This Author Starts His Quest Has Religion In The Past Centuries Been A Cause Of Human Problems Instead Of A Solution Is Religion Often A Proxy For Tribal And National Interests Are Doctrinal Religions Becoming Especially Dangerous Today As The Philosophical Underpinnings For Increasingly Destructive Political Movements Based Upon Uncompromising, Fundamentalist Viewpoints In This Profound And Intriguing Philosophical Treatise, Grady Means Argues Effectively That Humans Are Spirit Seeking Creatures Who Need A Different God Than The Anthropomorphic Deities Advanced By Doctrinal Religions To Overcome The Effects Of Traditional Theonomics Religions As Fundamentally Economic And Political Entities, Driven By Predictable Forces Of Supply And Demand Mankind Must Seek Out A New Rationalism, Not Unlike That Of The Th Century And The Founding Of America, In Which Humans Find Spiritual Comfort Through Their Free Minds And Souls