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We specialize in bringing you controversial and non-conforming views on vital cultural and religious issues which concern us all in today's world. Examples:
* Greed, the motivating force in modern progress, drives the engine of capitalism today - crime and strife are its ultimate legacy. Read how the American Indian and the Eastern countries view the West, particularly the USA and its cultural values. These values are alienating America more and more from the rest of the world. How do these values differ? Why did they arise? Did the USA practice genocide long before the Nazis? Is this violent background buried deep in the American psyche of today? These are some of the questions that will stir your mind for rational answers.
* The Christianity we know is the theology of Paul, not Jesus. Jesus lived and died a professed Jew, probably of the Essene order. Why do we not emulate the practical aspects to which Jesus conformed? Who changed these Jewish practices and rituals that Jesus himself practiced during his lifetime? One man and only one man stands out as the architect of present day Christianity. Why did this man create a new religion rather than follow the Judaic path of Jesus? Can the change explain the miraculous conversion of Paul from being the foremost persecutor of the early converts into Christianity's most adorable apostle? Did this miracle mask events which could not be told and had to be hidden? The author fits the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle together using Gospel sources and Christian scholarship. Can you handle what some may label as blasphemy?
* The 21st century will replace our past Age of Faith with a new Age of Reason. And such a change will demand a common bond between all faiths. The first metaphysical thought emerged with the Vedas of Hinduism, the earliest known conception of spirituality. It has evolved over the millennia into many religious beliefs, all very hostile in their differences. But the common bond has remained intact. This bond has been called and known by many names - Gnostic, Kabbala, Yoga - and the one referred to here as Sufism. As the well known poet and Sufi of the 20th century, Robert Graves, puts it, "The natural Sufi may be as common in the West as in the East, and may come dressed as a general, a merchant, a lawyer, a schoolmaster, a housewife, anything. To be 'in the world, but not of it,' free from ambition, greed, intellectual pride, blind obedience to custom, or awe of persons higher in rank; that is the Sufi ideal." Are you a Sufi according to this description? Does the sudden fascination of America with the lyrics of the best known Sufi of all times, Rumi, show the trend of the 21st century. And there has been no greater love poet than Rumi, a Sufi from the country known today as Afghanistan, a country far removed from love, poetry, and Sufism.
* A solid trend towards corporate oligarchy has emerged in yhe USA. It's signs are evident in the powerful corporate lobbies and political donations, both tied into changing the innards of democracy while retaining its false face. Will global multinational oligarchy by a few hundred mega corporations suit world needs better than the democracy of today?
Each of these contentious concepts make exciting reading when livened with drama and human characters. Try one and you will hunger for more. But they are not for everybody. Only the thoughtful will enjoy them. So they have never made the best seller list. Very few good literary books have. Many lie buried because publishers reject anything which does not have the popular appeal to be profitable. If Shakespeare was living today, could he have published his masterpieces in our profit-oriented environment?
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