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Posted July 1, 2000
Religion Examined Objectively
In this scholarly yet highly readable book, George Carl Mynchenberg makes a compelling case for agnosticism (there may or may not be a sentient creator) and humanism (self-realization through reasoning). Because agnosticism is a pejorative word for many people, this book may not achieve a wide readership, which is unfortunate. It should be required reading for all who question as well as the religious faithful, who especially should read and consider the questions posed in Part IV of 'And Man Created God.' If these questions cannot be satisfactorily answered, then one is an agnostic by definition. Using scientific facts, historical texts, logical reasoning, and common sense, Mynchenberg brings into question the fundamental assumptions of the Christian Bible (e.g., the concept of original sin), the Koran, and other religious texts. Why then do so many people accept religious tenets without question? Mynchenberg provides the answer when discussing the strength of Christian faith: 'Very few people wish to die and here is a way not only to live again but to do so forever in eternal bliss. A powerful and wondrous wish.' Hence, the title of the book. The alternative proposed by Mynchenberg for mankind is to continue to accumulate knowledge while focusing on the here and now. 'We are increasingly understanding and accepting that this life is our responsibility, and that its betterment is up to us.' Perhaps not a wondrous wish, but certainly reality.
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Posted September 4, 2006
A must read.
As a free-thinking, pragmatic individual, I have found ¿And MAN CREATED GOD¿ to be a logical and natural step-by-step guide through the murky maze of recorded and recounted versions and accounts of the origins of the universe, mankind and their gods. Mr. Mynchenberg, in this major undertaking, provides ample references, including well-known authors and their works, so as to provide the means for further investigation if the reader so desires. ¿And MAN CREATED GOD¿ is a fast-moving tour though time and an invaluable road map for the seeker who wishes to know more on the subject of agnosticismWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 14, 2004