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Preface: What this book is about.
Imagine a caveman crouched in fear against the wall of his cave as a gentle breeze blows over his fire, making shadows dance across the wall. Are those demons?, he wonders and he feels very vulnerable. A leader of the group brings in a skull with horns and places it at the entrance on a pole stuck in the ground. He soon brings in an animal carcass , still bloody, and with mouth open and teeth showing, also attaching it to the pole. The group is very impressed with this new leader. He obviously has knowledge of the good Gods and how to protect the cave people from evil spirits and thus becomes their protector. Henceforth, they both respect and fear him. After all, it is little to pay for the comfort of now knowing they are empowered against the evils of the unknown. This choice must be true for it just feels good.
Many enhancements to the basic theme above have led to the sophistication and creation of many thousands of religions. They all have served the same general purpose, i.e., give yourself with all your heart, surrender your soul and you are promised the comfort of security. Don’t worry, a supernatural will take responsibility for you. The price seems quite small but even with the great attributes of community and fellowship, it remains a terrible price to pay.
We think we live in an advanced age. Technology has made it possible for us to be cognizant of our world like we have never before dreamed possible. Knowledge of most of the great libraries of the world are now accessible at our finger tips as we sit at our personal computers. Television shows live events happening half way around the world. With this information explosion, we have reached a very advanced stage. Unfortunately, this has happened only with technology and is not happening simultaneously on our personal and culture level.