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Posted August 24, 2011
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite
"1 Thessalonians 5:21 ?But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good." R.K. Sidler challenges readers to examine their beliefs in his book, What Religions Don't Want You To Know. The purpose of this book is to encourage readers to cut through manmade doctrine and find a true walk with God. Sidler feels that we each should do research and study rather than depend on an organization or person to interpret scriptures and tell us what we believe. Proverbs 14:15 "The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps." A few of Sidler's points are: it is not necessary to belong to a religion to have a close walk with God, religion has become a multimillion dollar business, and "religions use God. God does not need religion."
In What Religions Don't Want You To Know came in at the perfect time. I was questioning certain "beliefs" and their origin. Like the author I came to the conclusion that man has muddied the waters by creating doctrine. Man likes to take God's word and add rules. If we look at the Jewish people, God gave them the 10 Commandments, Mosaic Law. Unfortunately, they were not satisfied; they began to add more and more laws.
It is obvious that R.K. Sidler has put much time, effort and research into his book. While the book may be daunting to some, it is definitely a book that should be read. The author uses scripture to support his theory. I enjoyed reading about the many different religions. Sidler has included a lot of information I was not familiar with. I'm glad I read this book. I suggest others will benefit from the information.
Posted August 7, 2011
By Gordon Osmond In his What Religions Don't Want You To Know, Richard Sidler employs a mountainous amount of research to target two seemingly opposing targets--organized religions and secular proponents of evolution. The many who proclaim that they don't need a religious affiliation to live a moral and spiritual life will find ample support in this scholarly work. Those who claim that this same result can be achieved by rejecting belief in God or other imaginary supreme beings entirely will find substantially less comfort. Despite its provocative title, the book is more in the style of doctoral dissertation than a piece of general-appeal non-fiction. Mr. Sidler clearly knows his subject and has extensively documented the many forms of religious organizations, from the orthodox to the avant-garde. He also encourages and gives resources to those who want to explore the subjects further. Indeed, the author urges readers to work diligently, as Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, reportedly did, to determine their personal spiritual path in the face of a sea of organized religions. Smith resorted to prayer; Sidler recommends a more scholarly approach. Considering the elaborate detailing of every conceivable form of spiritualism and religion, the author's treatment of the other side of the coin seems sort of perfunctory and short-shrifty. Atheism, which is almost dismissed as an extreme form of agnosticism, is curiously packaged with evolutionism, paganism, and nationalism. Prominent atheists, particularly the highly influential Ayn Rand, are missing from the analysis, and the statement that, "An atheist is not born; they (sic) are made" is totally unsupported, perhaps because the author illogically equates the burden of proving that there is a God with that of proving that there isn't. If learning more about religions of all sorts, their roots, tenets, practices, effects, and values is an object of interest, What Religions Don't Want You To Know will more than satisfy your curiosity.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.