Roland Maes was born in 1935 in Belgium. After acquiring a degree in zoology at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), he studied virology at the Max Planck Institute for Virus Research (Tübingen, Germany) and at the Wistar Institute of Anatomy (Philadelphia, USA). He worked during a year at St Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, always in virology and thereafter was during four years Research Officer for the Pan American Health Organization, stationed near Rio de Janeiro, where he worked on hoof and mouth disease and interferon. He moved thereafter shortly to Brussels (European Headquarters of Travenol) and then to Strasbourg, where he was active at the Richardson-Merrel Research institute. He resolved to create his own company in Strasbourg, working mainly on the development of diagnostic tools for tuberculosis and on alternative medicine. This occupation put him in close contact with developing countries of the Asian and African continent.
R. Maes is the author of numerous scientific publications.
"The Diversity of European Spiritual Histories" reviews the factors that have favoured or impeded the progress of Europe toward civilisation, analyses the contributions of the three main religions that have influenced this progress and verifies that the Franks rejected the monism advocated by Christianity, in favour of material benefits.
Book V details the expansion of the Christian nations, their interaction with other religions and secular entities and ends with the potential role of the United States. It documents the failures of man to live up to the ideals that some have fervently set for the human race and leaves open the hope that further progress will lead us closer to the ideal of human behavior.
Book III, The Christian Enigma, describes the rise of the Christian faith within the Roman Empire.It was an improbable event, which succeeded because it was backed by the highest authority of the Empire and because the religion itself had been adopted by the barbars who had conquered the empire.
Published: April 14, 2011.
Nonfiction » History » World
The second book follows the evolution of hominids to homo sapiens, their socialization and humanization and the development of the early pre-Christian empires. There are extensive discussions that start at pre-history and proceed through written history ending at the present. Interesting facts and observations are interspersed throughout; these points certainly add spice to the presentation.
In book I the author touches on the origin of the universe, the origin of life and the origin of humanity. The areas include Big Bang Theory, atomic physics, chemistry and evolution at the universe, earth, cell, animal and human levels. Interesting facts and observations are interspersed throughout; these points certainly add spice to the presentation.