Abandon the Cave: Faith's Seductive Virtual Reality

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Strategic Book Publishing, Oct 1, 2012 - History - 133 pages
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Beliefs are not shown to be true just because people find them comforting or inspiring. Such is the wisdom to be found in Abandon the Cave: Faith's Seductive Virtual Reality. The fool hath said in his heart, "There is no God" (Psalm 14:1). This book is a heartfelt reply from the fool! The author, once a devout Christian and now atheist, challenges claims made by religion of any kind. Religions place significance on a unique narrative, featuring accounts of fantastic deeds or words attributed to a mystic or sage. Underlying these narratives are two core mythologies often shared by different faiths. The first is a belief that the real world is immaterial, is populated by a deity or deities, hosts of acolytes or demons, and that this world of ours is a mere shadow. The second of these myths reveals itself in magical thinking, miracles and divine activities free from physical causation. This exposes a desire to transcend physical and material limitations to find fulfilment of wishes and desires, as well as to escape from fears of failure or death. Isn't it time to learn the truth and Abandon the Cave?
 

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Contents

MAGICAL THINKING
6
GOD IS WATCHING
19
Visiting Jesting Pilates Question
33
What Can Be Made of a Claim to Divine Revelation?
50
Scriptures as Recording Human Perceptions of Local History
55
Fundamental Christians and the Bible
69
MISSIONARY ENDEAVOUR
83
WHAT CAN LIBERAL CHRISTIANS SAY?
97
WHATCANATHEISTS SAY?
110
EPILOGUE
125
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Now retired, Ralph Robinson continued to teach philosophy part-time until turning to writing in recent years. The author spent five years in theological training, ten years in Christian ministry, and taught philosophy at the University of Newcastle, Australia, for thirty years. "I view the book as a repayment of a debt to my past, and an explanation of a process leading out of once-treasured beliefs and commitments into a richer and more fulfilling world view."

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