Level 3: Book on Religious Stances, Explanations


This page contains a link to my book on stances, in particular religious stances. This book was finished in September 2014. This book describes and asseses major stances such as working hard to make the world better, living by a code, being a decent person, and Romanticism. It describes and assesses important ideas about the world such as divine intervention, karma, dharma, atheism, and Gnosticism. It describes and assesses the major world religions.

This page includes links to the Introduction, to the major parts of the book, and to the entire text. This page also contains a link to another page that contains links to each chapter individually. I recommend that you read the Introduction and the first eight chapters at least.

As of October 2017, I had not made up the bibliography yet. I wrote a short note about the bibliogrpahy, references in the "stub" below.

You are welcome to use whatever you want for free (at least for now) but don't forget that I retain the copyright and that I assert all rights, and please don't forget to credit me. Thanks.

In writing a book aimed primarily at religious stances, I had to leave out stances that are fun to think about, such as hipster, right wing zealot, nature freak, over sensitive to being "dissed", aloof skeptic, etc. I had to leave out fun ideas and myths such as "right wing rebel" and "warrior Jesus". Those stances, ideas, and myths are collected on pages in my Essays.

When looking back on this material in 2017, I saw that I had given not enough to the topics of emotion, reason, disorder, chaos, hyperorder, creativity, rebellion, and democracy. I especially gave too little to the salience of emotions and attitude in the modern wrold. The problems are that (1) people now are so touchy about emotion and reason, (2) emotion versus reason has a long history, and now they are all jumbled up with ideas of gender and the state. In particular, I did not point out the parallel between disorder-chaos-disorder-creativity in Romanticism with Shiva-Brahman in Hinduism, and the parallel between reason-order-hyperorder in Romanticism with Vishnu in Hinduism. I will do what I can with that as well. I will try to make up for these lacks in essays apart from the book.