Part of what he is committed to is the notion that religion should always be a force for good. In this book, Dr. Kimball discusses five recognizable symptoms of immanent or established corruption of religion, which can transform what was good into a force for evil. When one or more of these symptoms appear, corruption is very likely to follow. By recognizing these symptoms, people of good will may be able to take corrective action in time to prevent their religious institutions from turning bad, or, failing that, to turn them back around.
The five symptoms are: Especially dangerous are claims to be the "Only True Religion," non-members of which are to be consigned to Hell, and the multiplicity of such claims makes it a certainty that most or all of them are false. Kimball has "always been puzzled and saddened by people who make clear that they couldn't be very happy in heaven unless hell was full to overflowing with people who disagree with their particular theology.
The notion that 'we' have a monopoly on the truth tends to lead to in 'our' minds dehumanizing 'them,' which becomes a fallacious justification for mistreating 'them.
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It is much easier for a religious leader to control the flock if no questions are raised. As my late friend John Metras said to one such, "If God didn't want me to think, why did He give me a brain? Establishing the "Ideal" Time. This is virtually always a time far enough in the past that no living person has actually observed it first hand, so claims of its ideal nature will not be subject to eyewitness refutation. The End Justifies Any Means. Such was the case on March 11, , when fire broke out at a school for girls in Mecca. Male firefighters and paramedics arrived on the scene, only to be prevented from entering the building by religious police [because] some of the girls inside were not wearing clothing deemed appropriate in public.
Fifteen girls perished in the fire. Those who claim a war to be a holy cause "distort the very heart of the religion they claim to be defending. Muslims justifiably make a similar claim for Muhammad, and Buddhists could reasonably make such a claim for Siddhartha Gautama the Buddha. No matter which prophet's name you choose from the list in [brackets], the truthful answer is the same: Kimball has devoted much of his life to promoting peace, especially in the Middle East. This book is a significant contribution to that effort, and well worth reading. Has some good points.
Don't like him panning other books so much.
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He accuses other writers like Sam Harris of "missing the point", never realizing he is doing so too. Sam Harris is talking about consciousness, a different topic indeed than Kimball's, and what he said to that end is valid just as what Kimball is saying to his end is valid. Nevertheless, it's a book worthy of a read. See all 61 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 5 months ago. Published 1 year ago. Published on September 7, I had to read this and then Published on August 21, Published on March 7, Published on October 31, Published on October 7, Published on June 17, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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