|About the Book|
As we approach the 21st century our society continues to grapple with a host of complex socio-economic issues such as population control, voluntary and involuntary euthanasia, in-vitro and ex-vitro fertilization, homosexuality, and pornography.MoreAs we approach the 21st century our society continues to grapple with a host of complex socio-economic issues such as population control, voluntary and involuntary euthanasia, in-vitro and ex-vitro fertilization, homosexuality, and pornography. Traditional religions have staked out positions on most of these issues and have sought to determine the political response. The religious right had made major inroads in determining the platform for the Republican party and have sought to tear down the wall between Church and State. The Final Superstition shows that such efforts are nothing new. Claiming special knowledge of Gods will, the Judeo-Christian religions have sought for three millennia to usurp the political process to further their theological ends.Author Joseph L. Daleiden investigates all the aspects of the Judeo-Christian legacy, including:- the origins of some of the more recent religions such as Jehovah Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Christian Scientists, and Mormons.- the continuing efforts of fundamentalists and evangelists to wrest control of the political agenda in the U.S.- how Catholicism came to dominate early Christianity and the political influence it has today.- what we really know about the existence of Jesus.- a review of bible teachings to determine their value as an ethical guide.- an examination of the arguments for the existence of God.- alternative methods of analyzing and resolving the moral issues of the 21st century.