BOOK REVIEWS FROM A CURIOUS MIND: I read a lot. Books and the data/stories contained within them are my oldest friends. My wife suggested in her wisdom that I should write up short summaries/observations on the books I've been reading, since people might be interested, so I did. 5+ years running. Comments are welcome, and if you dig the reviews, please share with other fellow readers.
This book attempts to gather what
info it can to show how the many religions of humanity were created by humanity
to serve human’s purposes. Mr. Hayden, a former ordained Baptist minister,
details how the many religions came about and how they all share the same
human-created aspects. He comes to this
study of comparative religion to understand it’s origins and to show how, since
they are all human-made constructs, the true goals of religion are within
humans to begin with. We created the
gods. We imbued them with our human
Even in 1942 when he wrote this book,
Mr. Hayden saw how skeptical inquiry and scientific knowledge cast a harsh
light on the myths that humans believe.
It is now 2014 and much of the world still functions on a day to day
basis solely on the grounds of these wholly imaginary creations we call
gods. He shows how modern man has moved
beyond a need for these rituals and bullshit lies.
Here is an extreme close-up of their fabric of lies.
He lists the three phases of
religion, as he sees it. (a) The Ideal,
a vision of the desired values of the completely satisfying life, (b) The Cult,
that is, the techniques by means of which the group feels confident the values
may be attained, and (c) The Ideology, which, in the guise of cosmology and
theology, interprets the way in which the envisioned universe is related to
man’s hopes and ideals.
Biography of the Gods Mr. Hayden studies not only Western religions but also Eastern Religions
and he finds that in them there is not a need for significant gods, especially
in the ancient culture of China. In fact, Lao Tse, and Kong Fu Tse (Confucius
to westerners) created systems of morality and philosophy which do not require
gods or souls at all. Taoism and
Confucianism are still very much alive in China.
Someday, Mr. Hayden posits, humans
will all grow beyond the need for childish deities. He states, “…more needful than faith in God,
is faith that man can gain love, justice, peace and his beloved moral values
embodiment in human relations. Denial of
this faith is the only real Atheism.”
It is a shame that this lofty goal
and ideal is a threat to those that benefit from the existence of
churches/cults. That would be all
priests, churches, religious organizations and anyone involved in perpetuating
their lucrative lies, trying to keep humanity stupid, ignorant, and enslaved to their