- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Rainbow Ridge; Reprint edition (April 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193790721X
- ISBN-13: 978-1937907211
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.2 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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The Collapse of Materialism: Visions of Science, Dreams of God Paperback – April 18, 2014
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PHILIP COMELLA is a practicing lawyer with a philosophy degree whose mission in life is to expose the fallacies in our current materialistic worldview and to advance a more promising--and rational--outlook. In pursuit of that mission, he spent 30 years studying the foundational ideas to our current scientific worldview and developing the arguments made in this book.rainbow ridge books
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A NEW JOURNEY FOR SPACESHIP EARTH
Imagine that you are a passenger on a rocket ship hurting through outer space. Commanding the ship are scientists and religious leaders who have assumed the responsibility of flying the rocket to a new homeland. One day you wake up, look out the window, and wonder whether the pilots are heading the ship in the right direction. You begin to doubt whether you have paid enough attention to the route they have taken and you slowly get up the courage to enter the pilot's cabin and ask them a few questions about where exactly the ship is heading. After all, you only have one chance to make it home.
Today we all ride a rocketship: the planet Earth. The journey we are on is called life. Like the rocket ship, the leaders of science and religion direct the way we carry out our lives, and we rely upon those leaders to take us to a better place, whether we call it the promised land, heaven, or simply a land of peace and prosperity.
For most of the voyage, we have sat quietly in the back of the ship as we have let others, whom we believe to be smarter than we are, guide us along this journey. But like the passengers on the rocket ship, many of us are beginning to realize that because we only have one life to lead, we should start asking a few questions about our route and destination.
The group commanding our own rocket ship follows a system of belief called scientific materialism. In this view of the world, matter is the ultimate reality; the universe (or universes) arose from a random, purposeless explosion; and God is dead. We may not know it--since we are sititng in the back of the ship and not paying much attention--but this mind-set is controlling the flight of the ship, permeating our culture and society. We are clearly not heading toward any sort of promised land.
Materialism separates us from Mother Nature, other people, and God. It fixes us into categories--race, religion, nationalities, political parties--that mask the fundamental unity of all humankind.
It is time to set spaceship Earth on a new journey. It is time to challenge the thought leaders who have set the ship's guidance system following the methods of materialism, and who are heading this planet toward disaster.
So hold on to your seats as we challenge the core principles of scientific materialism and show that we can take another, more sensible route. We can instead steer this great ship towards a place that does not separate us, but unites us; that turns the mystical belief that we are One into a scientific truth; and that fulfills both the visions of science and the dreams of God.
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Fortunately, for the rest of us prisoners still enthralled by Materialism's projections, Comella has written a clear, yet rigorous escape manual. If you suspect that all of reality isn't contained in the Big Bang Theory, Evolutionary Theory, or the philosophical flipside - religious fundamentalism - then you will benefit greatly by reading this book. Just be warned that you will upset the other prisoners that enjoy their habituated confinement.
Comella takes the time to define terms we thought we understood - both philosophical and scientific - and in doing so he lifts the shades that have been concealing a true view of the universe and our place in it. `Scientific materialism - in this view of the world, matter is the ultimate reality; the universe (or universes0 arose from a random, purposeless explosion; and God is dead.....Materialism separates us from Mother Nature, other people, and God. It fixes us into categories - race, religion, nationalities, political parties - that mask the fundamental unity of all humankind.' He states that the appeal to God and the search for scientific truth produces an iron clad disparity. `Without a unifying law for humankind, we wind up competing against those who act, look, or pray differently than we do. As the most sever sign of ignorance, some people kill innocent others in the name of God and trumpet the achievement to blind followers.'
Given this schism Comella presents his case for a unity between science and religion/philosophy - `it must create a new scientific paradigm while satisfying the soul-deep yearnings and soaring aspirations of religion.' He challenges the material science worldview `based on the great assumption than an entire universe of matter exists outside of the mind and beyond the mind's control.' Or as he so eloquently states, `We are the creators in a universe issued from the soul, bursting form the core of the one Mind, not form a big bang or the hand of a heavenly gather. Instead the truth stands in front of us: We are the one mind, and we are dreaming this world. We are God, and we, with infinite dreaming power, have dreamed a world of such overwhelming power and solidity that we have fooled ourselves into thinking we are not dreaming....Detached from the world we create, we pull back form taking full responsibility for our dream home.'
In intense but accessible discussions of the Quantum Theory, Darwinism, the particle theories, the big bang theory etc he divides his book into four parts: Revolution to the Truth, The Failed hypothesis of a Mind-Independent World, Material Science Lost in a Dream World, and Onto the Real Heaven. No matter the beliefs of the reader this book brings it all to the table and with brilliant dissection Comella reassembles it all into a new dimension that marries all factors as the unity of the Mind. This is a mesmerizing, inspiring, deeply moving book and achievement. Highly Recommended for all readers. Grady Harp, July 14