Christianity: A Successful Failure

       Finding Faith in an Age of Fear and Falsehood

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New Blockbuster Book!  The most thorough expose and analysis of the Christian religion perhaps ever done, but more than that, a book that presents the best worldview possible for human beings to hold.  This book targets those who believe there is more to human existence than merely atoms and molecules and energy; who can see the inadequacies of "science" as the be-all and end-all of all questions about human existence; and who see the significant problems with religion.

Description:

This book provides a compelling and insightful narrative and analysis of why Christianity is a ‘successful failure’, meaning it is successful according to one standard, and a failure according to another.  The standard that considers it a success would be normal world/societal measures like wealth/resource possession and control, and people controlled.  The standard that considers it a failure would be the One whom the Christian’s point to as their God, Jesus of Nazareth.

The book holistically, yet in simplicity and using non-complex language, puts forth the best world view possible for humanity.  It starts with common existential issues that every human being faces, and builds a framework to critique Christianity’s world view.

The author uses many creative, interesting and insightful analogies and metaphors to reveal that which is the successful failure.  The author uses reason, logic and observation to demonstrate that many of the key, primary and foundational beliefs and practices of Christianity, not only have nothing to do with Jesus of Nazareth, but actually nullify and cancel out his most important teachings.

This book goes well beyond religious concepts and movements like the reformation, and seeks to bring a significant paradigm change to people’s view of God and this life we are given.

While the book spends a significant amount of time revealing Christianity’s errors and failures, it closes with a section entitled, “The Solution”, which section lays out a clear plan for change…for the solution that human kind desperately needs.

This author has somehow escaped most of the boxes that people live in and view life through, has risen above and has produced a truly unique and insightful work that has the potential to bring desperately needed change to many people.

Target Audience:

Target readership would include those disenfranchised with mainstream or orthodox religious institutions; those who are not dogmatic non-theists or agnostics; those who are searching for a purpose in their life greater than living for money or material security or pleasing one's self with entertainment, etc.; those who sense the wrongs of Christianity or their church experience, but don’t have clarity on what they are or why; those who are confused or afraid of the changing moral landscape of the western nations, particularly U.S. citizens; people who want to know God.


Author Info:

Tim Spiess has been writing on spiritual, ‘religious’ and existential matters for about thirty years.  He published the book - The Light of the World: The Life and Teachings of Jesus of Nazareth  - in 2015 that won the Silver Award from the national eLit Book Awards organization (see http://www.elitawards.com/2015_results.php )

Mr. Spiess has engaged in paid work at various things over the years.  Most of that work was in the Information Technology domain either performing project management or analyst work.

Mr. Spiess currently spends his time trying to help people to listen to Jesus of Nazareth, and thus to start living according to his teachings.  He does this through his writings both in print, like the book, as well as articles and his primary web sites – www.JoshuaFamilies.info and www.ThePeacefulRevolution.info .  He encourages people to come, join the peaceful revolution!

Earlier in his life Mr. Spiess earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont as well as a Master’s Degree in Business from PACE University in New York.  He designed and built his own 2,400 sq.ft. house; has developed software and created web sites; has traveled extensively around North America; has traveled to Africa and supported a non-profit fishing business in Lake Victoria, Uganda; and communicates regularly with people all around the world.

Mr. Spiess is an expert on Jesus of Nazareth, religion, ethics, existential beliefs and clear thinking.  He is available for media interviews and speaking engagements and can provide solutions to the most vexing human problems.

He has a lovely wife he calls his “life companion” and four children.   In his spare time he bicycles, skis, exercises and would like to wind surf if he didn’t live in MO! He lives in the country in the U.S. Midwest and enjoys the simple life it presents even while his vision and work is very much global in scope.

The book is now available on Amazon.com  For a softcover book, click here.

For an electronic Amazon Kindle version of the book, click here.

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Please consider paying at least $10 for this book to help me in what I am trying to accomplish.  I have been working for many years without being paid wages for this greater work.  Joshua does say, "The worker is worthy of his wages".  What sets me apart from others you might consider supporting is the following:

1.  Joshua of Nazareth says, "The workers are worthy of wages".  He is referring to people doing HIS work in that saying, NOT religious work.  I repeat and proclaim ONLY the real, historical Joshua of Nazareth, his teachings, and beliefs that follow from HIS teachings.  Those who proclaim teachings other than Joshua of Nazareth's teachings are NOT worthy;

2.  My work is seeking to bring about fundamental change in how people view life and how we live our lives.  I am not suggesting band aids or some new way of doing things that are fundamentally wrong.  I am not trying to start a new Christian sect;

3.  I have been subject to significant persecution, including having my children unjustly taken away from me, just like Joshua said his followers would be;

4.  I am willing to talk with anyone - including you - and in a civil, hopefully well reasoned way, defend what I believe and what I am doing and describe how I am living my life.  Please note I said "talk", not email or chat, but talk on the phone. You are also welcomed to come and visit to talk or to verify my claims.

Please note, you can still download the book below without paying anything.

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Audio Version:

Preface and Introduction

Section 1:  My Existence, The State of Things and Fundamental Problems

Chapter 1:  A Reasonable Basis for Religious and Spiritual Beliefs

Chapter 2:  The State of Humankind

Chapter 3:  Understanding Human Nature

Chapter 4:  The Root Problems and Four Different Types of People

Chapter 5:  An Allusion to the Solution

Section 2:  Reason Identifies Truth and Leads to the Solution

Chapter 6:  Reason, Logic and Truth

Chapter 7:  Common Logical Fallacies

Chapter 8:  Finding Truth

Chapter 9:  First Causes

Section 3: False Beliefs, Inadequate Views and Means to Deceive

Chapter 10:  The Great Blindness: Truth Relativism

Chapter 11:  'Don't Be Judgmental' As I Judge You!

Chapter 12:  I Will Be Tolerant of Birds I Flock with But NOT of YOU!

Chapter 13:  'We Must Respect Other People's Beliefs', At Least of Those We Agree With!

Chapter 14:  Truth Relativism is False and Destructive

Chapter 15:  Redefining Language

Chapter 16:  Hiding in Complexity

Chapter 17:  Positive Thinking, Negative Outcomes

Chapter 18:  Other World Religions

Section 4: Christianity: A Successful Failure

Chapter 19:  Differences Between Belief, Religion, Faith and God

Chapter 20:  The Threat of Hell and Other Fear Tactics

Chapter 21:  Primary Falsehoods of Christianity

Chapter 22:  If You Can't Destroy It, Hide It

Chapter 23:  The Prop of the Darkness

Chapter 24:  Some Questions for Biblians and Christians

Chapter 25:  Which 'Gospel'?

Chapter 26:  What Is So Bad About Going to Church?

Chapter 27:  How Do We Fix Sin?

Chapter 28:  Religious Leaders Use Complexity

Chapter 29:  Religious Relativism or 'Jesus didn't really mean that...'

Chapter 30:  Why Is It So Difficult to Find God's Will?

Chapter 31:  Looking to People and Personal Experience Instead of to God

Chapter 32:  The Holy Spirit or a Silly Spirit?

Chapter 33:  God's Will Found - How to Live our Lives

Chapter 34:  The Comforting Christian Delusions

Chapter 35: The Easy Life Versus "Difficult is the Way that Leads to Life"

Section 5:  The Solution

Chapter 36:  How Important is Freedom?

Chapter 37:  We Need Leadership

Chapter 38:  Change and Hard Work

Chapter 39:  "I Have Chosen You Out of the World"

Chapter 40:  'I Don't Live for Money...'  Really?

Chapter 41:  'I Love Ice Cream, I Love You'?

Chapter 42:  How to Accomplish Unity

Chapter 43:  Some Final Thoughts

Chapter 44:  Our Chosen Destiny

Section 6: Objections to the Solution

Chapter 45:  Objections Addressed

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March 10, 2019

Section 2 of the book is entitled, "Reason Identifies Truth and Leads to the Solution".

In this section, I lay out some essentials for a person being able to use reason well to find truth and come to sound conclusions.  I have found that no matter how compelling youmy facts are or no matter how excellend and flawless my arguments can be, if a person does not either know how to use reason well, or simply does not care; I will not make any headway.  I can't do anything with the latter type person, but the former type person is someone who I can have a good discussion with.

I dedicate an entire chapter to a basic lession is reason, logic and truth.  Sadly, most people in the U.S. have never been taught how to reason well.  It is huge and extremely negative omission from high school curriculum.  Being able to undertand what a fallacy is and avoid using them to put forth or defend a belief or position is the first step in being a better human being.

It is amazing, astounding and horrible frightening how many people in positions of authority (government officians and politicians) or being the supposed gate keepers of 'truth' (the mass media) REGULARLY commit logical fallicies in stating their opinion, policy or case.  It is even more frightening that many of the people who speak in the mass media simply cannot reason at all, but rather make emotive statements 'backed up' by non-sequitor statements!

The U.S. is in the process of failing or degnerating.  It is absolutely essential that a person know how to reason well in order know what is true and what is false.  This is even more important when it comes to where we go when our bodies die.  Most religious claims and only be determined to be true or false by using deductive reasoning well.

 

February 10, 2019

There are many people who either were never raised by religious parents, or who left the religion they participated in, but who still believe God exists.  Then there are the agnostics who will listen to why someone beleives God exists.  There are a few atheists who don't believe God exists but will listen to a person explain why they believe God exists.  This book is targeted to those groups of people.  So, my book does not start out critiquing Christianity, rather, it starts by asking fundamental questions about our human life.  If people would just ask and seek answers to these basic questions, some would go where truth leads them.

The first section of the book is entitled, "My Existence, the State of Things, and Fundamental Problems".  In this first section, I seek to find common ground that all reasonable people can agree on, starting with where reason will lead a person who asks, "what caused my existence?".  The fact that about 94% of the world population - or about 7.2 billion people - believe a creator exists or have beliefs that more than the naturalistic evolutionary view is required to account for my human experience, shows that the inductive mind we have been given points in that direction.

After I make the case that the most reasonable view is that a creator must exist to account for our existence, I list some significant facts about this world we live in.  You must be irrational to argue or believe that human beings are basically good.  Whether that judgment is based on the dispartiy between human potential and the actual state of things; or the amount of human pain and suffering and injustice that occurs in the world each day; or even just picking some ethical standard and seeing how people cannot consistently keep the standard; the FACTS don't change.

I then delve into trying to understand human nature and make some interesting observations about our nature.

I then identify the root problems behind the vast majority of human unhappiness, pain, suffering and injustice.

 

January 13, 2019

This book took a fairly long time to write.  If you are familiar with this web site, much of the content will seem familiar.  However, there is quite abit of new content in the book. I'd say the book contains at least 60 percent new and fresh content.  Furhermore, much time and energy and thought was spent putting the flow of the concepts of the book in proper order.  The book is laid out with the purpose of helping the reader understand basic things before moving onto more difficult concepts or issues.

This book seeks to bring a paradigm shift or change in people's view of God and our lives as human beings.  Ironically, the information for this change has been hiding in plain sight for many centuries.  My purpose is to clean the religious dirt off of the most important person in history.

In the following blog entries, I will provide insight as to the purpose of the book sections.