Development of anti-Islamic stupidity from moon-god to volcanic God

Mother of Believers would disagree with that because under Islamic law, alive images themselves are forbidden let alone images of Prophets which Muslims find blasphemous.
Narrated `Aisha:
I purchased a cushion with pictures on it. The Prophet (came and) stood at the door but did not enter. I said (to him), “I repent to Allah for what (the guilt) I have done." He said, “What is this cushion?" I said, “It is for you to sit on and recline on." He said, “The makers of these pictures will be punished on the Day of Resurrection and it will be said to them, ‘Make alive what you have created.’ Moreover, the angels do not enter a house where there are pictures.'"
I have answered the questions of Bill Lauritzen whom you quote as the authority of your blind faith in anti-religion.
I rarely give up on a book but this one has been sorely disappointing. Lauritzen comes off as arrogant and a know-it-all. I am interested in anthropology pieces, early humanity, religion, etc. And I also find geology and the way the earth works fascinating. So I really expected to like this book. I should have put the book down in the preface when he says, and I quote,
“I try to speculate in a rational and responsible manner. Remember that the most extravagant speculations are those that claim “supernatural" powers and events! The speculations I make are realistic, tame and quite credible in comparison. The burden of proof lies on those who claim extraordinary events, not with those who logically interpret historical religious and mythological writings considering natural phenomena."
Since when is burden of proof one sided in intellectual work? I continued reading my ebook version, up to 38% when I just couldn’t take it anymore. He doesn’t give any evidence for his drastic claims. I am not saying that his opinions are completely without value, but the way he delivers them and with a lack of support is appalling. He quotes from several cultures ancient or religious texts but only references websites in his notes page and we don’t know how accurate the translations he is using are. And what he does is total coercion: he places in brackets throughout the quotes the words and images he wants us to see, for example while talking about the Garden of Eden story from the Bible,
“And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life [volcano] and eat, and live forever.’ So the Lord God banished from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side (or placed in front) of the Garden of Eden cherubim [lava bombs] and a flaming sword flashing back and forth [volcanic lightning] to guard the way to the tree of life."
This is one sample. He quotes in a similar way from the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. It’s like he is forcing his ideas on the reader instead of giving a strong foundation for them.
I found his style heavy handed and overbearing and it overshadowed any value his interpretations may have had. It is not beyond the scope that the pyramids could represent volcanoes. But random unexplained statements, such as the Garden of Eden was in Java, and Tibetan mandalas are representations of volcanoes do not sit well with me.
I do not expect people to have particular religious beliefs, however, not believing in God does not mean that the spiritual world and the ancient texts of the world’s cultures are trite and meaningless and for ignorant people. Religion and spirituality have their own innate value. It is a different kind of knowledge and wisdom and I feel as though it is condescending and ignorant of people who makes the claim that Lauritzen did in the preface that to “rid ourselves of religion, we need to understand how it started." Who is he to say we need to rid ourselves of something that is inherently human, representing our creativity and our passion and our connection to humanity? Yes, we need to rid ourselves of the violence that zealotry in any religion unfortunately causes, but there is a whole other side to religion that should not be eradicated. Why does religious and spiritual beliefs persist in countries where the government suppresses it?
I would be very interested to hear from people who really like this book. Sorry for the tirade!
 Bill Lauritzen I have nothing against religion, Caitlin, except when it claims ultimate truth. Physics is true everywhere one the globe, but as you know, in some countries, Jesus is god, in some countries it’s Rama, etc. I certainly don’t know everything, and i invited people to read the ancient texts for themselves. I merely presented a theory which I felt covered all the facts better than any other theories. The best part of the book was the second half, so I am sorry you didn’t read it.
Bill Lauritzen I understand how you feel. But what exactly is"spirituality"? Can you exactly define it? You’re right there is the other side to religion, what do we need religion to bring out in us this side? I am not so sure. Do we need God in order to be good? Is religion a local phenomena that is no longer relevant in a global age? Physics is true all around the world. Not so with religion. Some things to think about which I hope to address in my next book .
Ishmael Abraham { in some countries, Jesus is god, in some countries it’s Rama } As an orthodox and orthoprax Muslim, this can be explained on the basis of Quranic(2:213) theory of common origin of all religions from the same primordial religion of Islam meaning willing surrender to God, which later on corrupted(2:79) into distinct polytheistic forms due to man-made additions to the original revealed unitarian sacred texts. For example, Hindu texts clearly teach unitarianism(tawhid) as Dr. Zakir Naik explains to Hindu monk Ravi Shankar. And, one can see that anti-unitarian verses appears in John which is the latest of all gospels and this accords with the Quranic theory. Just like physics is prevailing over ignorance of the physical world, Quran 61:9 teaches that Islam will prevail over spiritual ignorance at the end of history as the ultimate revealed truth. Islam encourages students to be unifiers of reason and revelation(jami al maqul wal manqul) like Averroes honouring whom an asteroid and a lunar crater have been named.
 Ishmael Abraham According to Islam, spirituality is not something vague like everything to everyone. It simply means that one does not become a hypocrite by acting in a sinful way that is against professed beliefs. Religions other than Islam condone that hypocrisy based on the concept of antinomianism, But, Islam teaches a pronomian spirituality which means that we love God the way He wants to be loved in accordance with the sacred law, not in accordance with our lusts and egos. For example, Jesus peace be upon him was circumcised, and did not eat pork like Muslims but many Christians break those commandments citing antinomian spirituality which Jesus peace be upon him did not teach.


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