The Plain Truth about God 101

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Allan W Janssen, 2006 - God - 192 pages
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Allan W. Janssen has published: "The Plain truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know)." God-101 presents a fascinating insight into how the original "cult" teachings of Jesus were altered by Greek philosophy, Pagan beliefs and Pauline thought to become the sayings of "The Christ" and the basis of our modern Bible. God-101 gives an analysis of how the "priesthood" has corrupted Christianity and the other major religions. It shows how "Dogma" has led to the polarization of different sects within the same religion, (Catholic/Protestant - Shiite/Sunni) and how religious strife affects society as a whole, including the upcoming world - wide clash between Christianity and Islam! The book can be reviewed at or

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Allan W. Janssen has written a fascinating book about religion and the search for God and meaning throughout human history. From the earliest burial rituals to the main religions of modern times, he examines what we believe and how these beliefs were formed. The book is filled with illustrations and wonderful quotes, such as the ending quote from Arthur C. Clarke: "One of my objections to religion is that it prevents the search for God." And that quote pretty well epitomizes what Mr. Janssen has to say about the matter. The message as I perceive it is that when a religion is written down and a priesthood or other system of leaders is established, then that religion can be used for whatever purpose the leadership decides it should be used for, and true believers will not question it, since to do so would be a sin. And when people do not dare to question, that is where the trouble begins. The first part of the book, Book I, covers a history of human development and how religion began. It includes a very detailed time line that is very helpful in putting everything into perspective. The second part of the book , Book II, has to do with how religious leaders emerged and how religion began to be used for various purposes by these leaders. One part of this section that I found particularly interesting was the section on Memes, those phrases, images, and ideas that become repeated so often that they become a part of our culture and our thoughts. How do these memes relate to religion and spirituality? That's an interesting question, which is explored in The Plain Truth About God in detail. I found this book to be well-researched and filled with intriguing information. I believe that any open-minded person with an interest in human culture and religion will find it useful and enlightening, as well as entertaining to read. This is not a dry textbook but a vital exploration of human beings and our search for a bigger meaning, and what the results of that search have and can lead to. The Plain Truth about God is a very good overview of the subject of humanity and religion, and I highly recommend it to all open-minded readers.  

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Page 172 - Religious distress is at the same time the expression of real distress and the protest against real distress. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people.
Page 172 - Here we may reign secure: and in my choice. To reign is worth ambition, though in hell ; Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.
Page 65 - Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.
Page 24 - Humanity has in the course of time had to endure from the hands of science two great outrages upon its naive self-love. The first was when it realized that our earth was not the center of the universe, but only a tiny speck in...
Page 173 - I hope it will not be irreverent for me to say that if it is probable that God would reveal his will to others on a point so connected with my duty, it might be supposed he would reveal it directly to me...
Page 2 - So many gods, so many creeds; so many paths that wind and wind, While just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs.
Page 114 - Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, he answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; 21 nor will they say, 'Lo, here it is!
Page 114 - We piped to you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not weep.
Page 114 - But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Page 172 - I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment, to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure— that is all that agnosticism means.

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