Iron Shoes: A Personal Journey

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AuthorHouse, Sep 1, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 200 pages
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This is a compilation in which ten works--each too small to be a book on its own--have been gathered together to form jointly the book no one of them can be individually. As the title of the whole suggests, each of the ten works deals with topics of interest to anyone interested in religious things, which is to say the things which connect us to, or disconnect us from, God.

When the human mind leans toward religious things, it mostly goes in one or both of two directions--namely: moral theology and dogmatic theology. From one point of view, moral theology deals with the way we think, talk, and act with regard to self and other humans; whereas, dogmatic theology deals with the way we think, talk, and act with regard to God--particularly with regard to the way He relates to His creatures. For example, whether or not abortion is murder is a question for moral theology; whereas, whether or not Jesus Christ was truly God and man is a question for dogmatic theology.

Dealing with the way we think, talk, and act, both moral and dogmatic theology first tell us what thoughts, words, and deeds are--according to God's infinitely informed truth as divinely revealed to us--gravely irrational. To say they are gravely irrational is to say their presence in us leads to extremely irrational results, the most devastating of which is an eternally and indescribably obstinate hatred for God's infinitely informed truth. For that reason, we must try to avoid them far more diligently than we try to avoid anything else. Theology next tries to tell us what thoughts, words, and deeds are--according to God's infinitely informed truth as divinely revealed to us--gravely important. To say they are gravely important is to say that their absence in us leads to extremely irrational results, the most devastating of which is an eternally and indescribably obstinate hatred for God's infinitely informed truth. For that reason, we must try to acquire them far more diligently than we try to acquire anything else.

Those, then, are the parameters within which the communications of book are meant to fit. For that reason, some of its passages seek to explain what thoughts, words, and deeds God's divinely revealed moral teaching tells us either to avoid or to incorporate into our lives; whereas, other passages seek to clarify what thoughts, words, and deeds God's divinely revealed dogmatic teaching tells us either to avoid or to incorporate into our lives.

Notice the repeated references to God's divinely revealed teaching. That's because this book's communications always seek only to extract by analysis, and to clarify, what is already contained in God's revealed word; never do this book's communications seek to introduce a new revelation in no way contained in what was said of old. By way of example, you might say this book is merely a microscope and/or a telescope trying to make it easier for weak eyes to get a better and more instructive view of what is already in front of them. By no means is it an attempt to put in front of others something, which God Himself had not already put there.

To be sure, in the piece about dinosaurs in Genesis and in the piece about the Apocalypse, very cryptic passages from scripture are given very concrete meanings no one could have imagined without the benefit of recent discoveries and recent historical events. So what?! Just because those words were too cryptic to convey their actual meaning until now, that does not deny that they were indeed revealed a long time ago. On the contrary, once it is seen how neatly words thousands of years old fit events only recently realized,

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About the author (2002)

Mars has a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia and is pursuing a PhD. He was a Boston area policeman for 12 years before moving to Maine and becoming Chief of Administrative Services for teh Kennebec County Sheriff's Office.

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