The New Enlightenment PDF ´ The New eBook Ç

The New Enlightenment PDF ´ The New eBook Ç

  • Paperback
  • 292 pages
  • The New Enlightenment
  • Grady E. Means
  • English
  • 12 April 2016
  • 9781935097181

5 thoughts on “The New Enlightenment

  1. Karina Karina says:

    I won this book in Goodreads First Reads Odds 10 copies available 683 people reuesting 15% Now that final exams are over I've picked up this book so I can finally review it I've only read the back cover and a bit of the Author's Introduction so far and I kinda disagree with the premise so farIf religions could be made reasonable they could become a positive force and begin to achieve their core purpose of spiritual guidanceI guess that depends on what the author means by reasonable and I guess that's why I'm reading this book to find out what the author proposesWe are in new and dangerous times and the historic course that religions have taken for thousands of years is making the situation worseOkay times are always new and dangerous at any point in history I mean for those living the times; although we may no longer find the history new and dangerous because it's in the past I guess I'll read on to see exactly how the author thinks the religions are making situation worseMy growing concern has been that doctrinal religions are by their nature opposed to most of those values individual initiative human liberty fairness for the less fortunate human euality active foreign policy and a view that fair and open democracy can lead to the best form of human political governance and when applied in a fundamental form in the political arena can be corrosive to human peace and libertyInterestingly I see no real opposition between religion and those values I suppose the author could be talking about specific controversial issues eg human euality being code for gay marriage or something I have to back up and mention this My perceptions of the book may be colored by an article based on the book the author has sent me when I won It sort of sounded anti religious The author explained that he's supportive of the Church but critical of the leadershipAnother thought that came to me as I'm reading this book and since I'm reading St Thomas Auinas at the same time is that even if I might not like the contents it could be right The first chapter in St Thomas Auinas explains that St Francis with his ideas of reform for the church wasn't accepted well by his superiors; but through the lens of time we can see that the reform was indeed needed at that time It should be noted though that the reform was not doctrinal in nature; the teaching of the church has not been changed by St Francis I wonder if the same would apply here I was right on target with where the author was going with it The very next page confirms it He brings up discrimination against women and homosexuals and wants a doctrinal change Sadly I think this is all a misunderstanding of the doctrine In my opinion it's the secularized world that treats women unfairly instead and while certainly there is discrimination against homosexuals it is proclaimed as wrong directly in the Catechism of the Catholic Church The other doctrinal issue that the author is opposed to is exclusivity meaning that people of other faiths cannot be saved Exclusivity is not a Catholic concept we believe that we have the fullness of truth but others have truth too and all peoples can be saved; although it's definitely part of some religionsThe sort of religion that the author is calling for an abstract one minus the scriptures the rituals the human like God is boring I don't know how people can be excited about it enough to leave off their selfish ways I'm reminded of Orthodoxy by Chesterton which begins with the discussion about the original sin one thing from Christianity that can actually be proven Everyone sometimes does things they know are wrong although we are experts at making excuses Can we really overcome this tendency by sticking to some abstract concept? I think God needs to be this personal Chesterton's discussion goes into a different direction from here responding to those who don't believe in sinMost people are 'filtering' teachings of their religions and uestioning and looking for answers that make sense The vast majority of people in the world are religious The majority are also human and reasonable and as such are hereticsIn response to the first sentence of that Yeah people do that I know For me personally the I learn about my faith the sense it makes There are justifications for everything; and so far it explains the world much better than anything else It fits Returning to Chesterton's Orthodoxy in the last chapter he answers a uestion that a hypothetical agnostic may ask a person who has found truths in certain doctrines But even supposing that those doctrines do include those truths why cannot you take the truths and leave the doctrines? If you see clearly the kernel of common sense in the nut of Christian orthodoxy why cannot you simply take the kernel and leave the nut? Why cannot you simply take what is good in Christianity what you can define as valuable and leave all the rest all the absolute dogmas that are in their nature incomprehensible?The answer he gives essentially is that he has looked into the many and various objections to Christianity and found them false based on incorrect assumptions The truths of the Christianity however just add up so to speak The bottom line is this my reason for accepting the religion and not merely the scattered and secular truths out of the religion I do it because the thing has not merely told this truth or that truth but has revealed itself as a truth telling thing All other philosophies say the things that plainly seem to be true; only this philosophy has again and again said the thing that does not seem to be true but is true Alone of all creeds it is convincing where it is not attractive; it turns out to be rightNow the latter part of the uoted passage and a few others make an implication that those who are orthodox are unreasonable and superstitious religious fanatics I kind of have to take an exception to that ;p The first part of the book sets out the author's philosophy This is apparently what he calls reasonable religion I think I'm not going to review this But I'll make a few comments he denies the original sin which is exactly what Chesterton was talking about and what I alluded to earlier I had uite a chuckle on a section called God is Not a Spiritual Accountant Somehow over the years we seem to have gotten the idea that God is an accountant or the head of a huge accounting firm carefully entering the credits and debits of our spiritual balance sheet on the very surface of our soul good marksblack marks In the end if the soul shows a positive balance we make it into heaven Religious organizations claim to have obtained local banking and accounting franchises from God and pretend to have the power to determine our spiritual balances to erase the black marks on our soul and give us credits to get into heaven There are often bonus points for deathbed repentance or martyrdomIt is funny when put that way but I have my reasons for disagreeing with what most of the section says I wouldn't make a good apologist yet I realized that reading this book I'm pausing on all the things I disagree with rather than looking for things we have in common to have those as a starting point in the conversation That's what St Paul was doing in Athens and the advice I've heard a number of times On one hand I think it's good that I know where the differences are that I know what I believe But that's not all that's important Another point if I'm finding this book frustrating because of what I feel are misunderstandings that's probably a sign that I shouldn't read something like The God Delusion

  2. Courtney Courtney says:

    I received this book from Goodreads Giveaways as a First Read book Very thought provoking book about how to maneuver in our world Detailed well written and excellently researched I suggest anyone looking for a refreshing new approach to dealing with conflicts in the worldshould read this book I would like to add that while I have a strong certain core of spiritual beliefsI am open to the ideas on spirituality that this book presents

  3. Sara Ann Sara Ann says:

    Although not what I was expecting I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book I think it is about time that the true nature of religions is exposed to the world especially with the rapid rise of globalization where cultures can no longer remain isolated from each other as they were able to do in the past and therefore have to directly deal with their differences My main critiue against religions which was pointed out in The New Enlightenment is the fact that religions choose to be exclusive against adherents of different faiths; the idea that we're right than you are wrong Reading The New Enlightenment I liked how Grady E Means took the time to really point out the flaws of religions and how they can end up working against one's spirituality Spirituality is something I used to solely associate with religion so I appreciated how he was able to distinguish the two

  4. Gheeta Gheeta says:

    received advanced copy through Goodreads First Reads GiveawayThis book had a lot of potential but I couldn't get into the author's writing style I also expected depth to the arguments he posed I'm not fond of authors who make grand generalizations without backing up their arguments and unfortunately that is the impression I received with this book Perhaps I need to re read it at a future dateBut for now it is going back on to the bookshelf

  5. Gayle Gayle says:

    information on this book at wwwthenewenlightenmentbookcomand two good reviews on www Really interesting original food for thought in this bookalso it is available on Kindle which is great

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The New Enlightenment❰Download❯ ➺ The New Enlightenment Author Grady E. Means – It is with this premise that this author starts his uest Has religion in the past 30 centuries been a cause of human problems instead of a solution Is religion often a proxy for tribal and national in It is with this premise that this author starts his uest Has religion in the past centuries been a cause of human problems instead of a solution Is religion often a proxy for tribal The New eBook Ç and national interests Are doctrinal religions becoming especially dangerous today as the philosophical underpinnings for increasingly destructive political movements based upon uncompromising fundamentalist viewpoints In this profound and intriguing philosophical treatise Grady Means argues effectively that humans are spirit seeking creatures who need a different God than the anthropomorphic deities advanced by doctrinal religions To overcome the effects of traditional Theonomics religions as fundamentally economic and political entities driven by predictable forces of supply and demand mankind must seek out a new rationalism not unlike that of the th Century and the founding of America in which humans find spiritual comfort through their free minds and souls.

About the Author: Grady E. Means

Author MetaCapitalism Wiley Wisdom of the CEO Wiley The New Enlightenment Two Harbors ENDGAME The Poetry of Retirement Mill City Press Business Built and managed several consulting businessesPublic Service Assistant to Vice President Rockefeller in The New eBook Ç the White House Helped develop Health and Welfare programs at the US Department of Health Education and Welfare.