The Leap Of Faith: A Leap Too Far

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Oct 28, 2003 - Religion - 170 pages
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This book takes a look at mankind's religious needs by exploring the origins of religious beliefs, the evolution of religion, the spread of religious beliefs around the world, and some of the questions of ethics, morality and logic that religion does not, and indeed cannot answer. Mr. Shaw maintains that is not necessary to believe in a Creator in order to derive meaning out of life. Good and bad events will happen whether or not we believe in a God, and the fight against evil can be won without religious beliefs. The author concludes that mankind's religious beliefs have become entirely inappropriate, and that humans have outgrown their need for the supernatural. The survival of the human species depends upon mankind's own inner strengths and resources, and not upon any gods or spirits.

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The author graduated from university as a mechanical engineer, and continued his studies to obtain an MBA. After several years in heavy industry, he spent the major portion of his career turning around manufacturing companies in financial difficulty. He spent his spare time studying the history and evolution of mankind. His interests evolved from the history of art to archaeology and ancient history, and finally to anthropology. Mr. Shaw became curious about mankind's apparent need to believe in the supernatural, and the need to create gods to appease and to worship. He discovered that this need was universal, and transcended all racial and cultural backgrounds. The fact that there were so many varied and often competing made the study of religious beliefs even more fascinating.

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