GOD THEORIES Reveals Answers to Divine Questions
"Never discuss religion or politics if you want to keep the peace," the saying goes. Yet it is clear that this old adage hasn't really been too effective. Prejudice, discrimination, intolerance, and wars-all in the name of God-have been an integral part of the human condition for at least as long as that condition has been recorded. It so happens that it still is, a knee-jerk reaction for the majority of the pious in any religion. Ecumenism, though, has made amazing inroads into this psychological conditioning. It is the same with Christians as well as Muslims and Buddhists today. In God Theories: Revised Edition, Ken Ungerecht works within a more democratic, eclectic, even familial, framework-more attuned to free-thinking, honesty and empathy-that forms the basis for a tightly-reasoned and humane perspective on religious belief. Ungerecht explains his fundamental reason for coming out with this book:
"The application of logic and reason as a method of understanding why we should believe certain things is not a commonly used one among most spiritual belief systems."
The question as to whether there is a supreme intelligence that has influence in the universe and the world is one that has intrigued, confounded, and plagued the minds of people as long as there have been people with conscience and intelligence. Through time, the question of the divine is mostly conditioned by culture and place among people. Answers to this question have profound implications and, though answers cover diverse and disparate ground, all answers are definitely worth pursuing. The pursuit of answers to religious questions is something that has engendered a tremendous amount of discord in the world-as well as a parallel progress that says mankind would not be where it is if these questions had not been asked.
Although Ungerecht admits to writing this book deliberately short and short on detail, he clearly and concisely covers all points necessary for understanding the dimensions of theories on God-and he does so with the correct priorities current to what anyone might need today on the subject. He does not seek to impose but to enlighten, which makes God Theories a very relevant work that is also eminently readable. Ungerecht says, "While I have included some of my own ideas regarding the question of whether God exists, the intent of this book is in no way an effort to persuade anyone to any particular way of thinking. The hope would be, instead, to encourage people to an honest examination and evaluation of the things they do believe." On the question of the divine and the stated objectives of the book, no one can have said it better.