What Is This?

We’re experiencing another of those news lulls, so we’ve been searching around for anything — anything at all — that could inspire a post. We even went through the stack of press releases that come our way, hoping that we might find another self-published genius.

Instead we found this: Nicholas P. Ginex’s Book Reveals the History and Evolution of God and Religion. We decided to take a look, because after an exhaustive global search for news of The Controversy between evolution and creationism, this press release seems to be the only game in town.

First of all, whose press release is this? At the end of the thing it says:

Nicholas Ginex is a retired Electrical Engineer with an MBA in Finance. … During his retirement, Ginex sang and played his guitar at senior care centers and nursing homes for their enjoyment. … He wrote Amen to share personal views that provide a deeper understanding of religious dogma and the need for religious leaders to unify the belief in God.

Were your Curmudgeon not a gentleman, he would mention that “Ginex” sounds like a feminine hygiene product, but this is a classy blog so we won’t go there. Instead, we were determined to see what Amen is all about. Starting at the top of Ginex’s press release, it says:

In AMEN, author Nicholas P. Ginex reveals his provocative thoughts on how, when and why “Amen” still exists in the minds of believers. The subtitle of this work of extraordinary depth, “The Beginning of the Creation of God,” indicates why the “Amen” continues to exist.

Huh? Whaaaa? We found the thing at Amazon: AMEN : The Beginning of the Creation of God. We’ll quote a bit from the book’s description:

Few people have been exposed to the history of our religious past. Only by having a true understanding of how our beliefs in God originated can we proceed on a path of knowledge about God and our purpose in life. Such knowledge will challenge many of us who have been brought up with a prescribed set of religious dogma. … This book brings to light why the scriptures of our monotheistic religions are in dire need of being revised.

An ambitious work indeed! Amazon says the publisher is something called Xlibris. A quick glance at their website strongly suggests that they’re a vanity press. That and the press release would qualify Ginex for our list of Self-Published Geniuses, if only we could figure out what he’s trying to say.

Well, we’re in too deep to quit. Let’s continue reading from the press release:

Amen focuses on the central themes, messages, conclusions, and recommendations presented in the historical novel Future of God Amen, a novel that surfaces facts and findings by religious scholars and highly respected Egyptologists to undisputedly prove that Amen is the beginning of the creation of God.

What in the world is going on here? We’ll try one more excerpt:

Amen is a scholarly book like its predecessor Future of God Amen. These books are highly instructive for high schools, colleges, and universities for the knowledge, facts, and findings that reveal the nature of man and how his conception of God evolved. People and students with interests in the humanities, psychology, history, sociology, and theology studies will find both books highly illuminating.

That’s enough. We’re giving up. If you can figure this thing out, dear reader, please explain it to us.

Otherwise, we invite you to use the comments for an Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will; but you gotta play by the rules and avoid the profanity filters. We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it.

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26 responses to “What Is This?

  1. Just from reading what you have written in your post, it seems that Ginex is attempting to explain the origins of religious belief in human culture.

  2. Ceteris Paribus

    The sequel to the book may be titled: “Hallelujah!”

  3. Charles Deetz ;)

    I found this news on Archaeopteryx valuable, saying its brain cavity has been studied and found to be in between birds and dinosaurs (just like the rest of the animal). Maybe Ken Ham will talk about this feathered dinosaur, ahem, I mean bird, soon.

  4. Charles Deetz ;)

    Question for SC: ever try turning on commenting threads in WordPress?

  5. Charles Deetz, what’s a “commenting thread”? We’re commenting now, aren’t we?

  6. I would say he referring to the Egyptian god Amen, and not the prayer, and how most gods have had elements of their history traced back to him, by scholars.

  7. Flakey says: “I would say he referring to the Egyptian god Amen”

    Perhaps, but to avoid baffling us all, he should have referred to him as Amun-Ra.

  8. Charles Deetz ;)

    Sorry, I guess I used the wrong terminology. Slightly brain-fried today. I meant nested threads. The setting is here in WP to “Enable threaded (nested) comments X levels deep”. Like how I linked right into your settings, makes me feel like a hacker :)

  9. Charles Deetz, the problem I’ve heard about with nested comments is that in threads with a lot of comments, as the discussion progresses and comments are addressed to earlier comments, the space for text becomes increasingly narrow because there’s so much indenting. It’s easy enough to address our comments to whomever we’re responding.

  10. Methinks I have “a true understanding of how our beliefs in God originated.”
    It boils down to just one word: IGNORANCE.

  11. This book brings to light why the scriptures of our monotheistic religions are in dire need of being revised.

    Amen

  12. Stephen Kennedy

    SC, if you are having trouble finding material to comment on go the AIG site and read Ham’s blog in which he whines about someone deceiving the staff of the creation museum. Then listen to the audio of “answers conversations” where Ray Comfort regales the approving Hams about the deception he employed on faculty at three California universities to make his movie “god vs. Evolution”. The hypocrisy and is ironic and stunning.

  13. Stephen Kennedy says:

    SC, if you are having trouble finding material to comment on

    I am, big time.

    go the AIG site and read Ham’s blog in which he whines

    I saw that. I can’t blog about Hambo every day. He’s pretty boring unless he being really outrageous.

    Then listen to the audio of “answers conversations” where Ray Comfort regales

    I can’t handle him every day either. There’s gotta be something else going on. I’ll keep looking.

  14. Stephen Kennedy

    SC, Listen to the last seven minutes of the audio “answers conversations” Mega conference “Evolution vs. god”. You will hear Comfort tell the Hams that he snuck on to the universities (trespassing), did not tell the people he was interviewing he was a creationist (deception) and to get an interview with PZ Myers told him he was making a movie called “Famous Athiests” (lying).

  15. I’m the same as that guy.
    I also use “Amen” in place of “expletive deleted”…
    It’s just so Amen cool.

  16. Ceteris Paribus

    @Charles DeetzIf TSC had turned on nested threads, you would be reading this reply way up in the early part of the list. And missed the chance to see all the Amen cool posts farther down.

  17. He may not be the best speller, but at least he spelled a variant of his god, AMUN RA (Amun (also Amon, Amen)). He’s equating the origin of god with the Egyptian deity, from which later monotheistic religions sprang, or by his way of thinking, became sprung.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amen_Ra

  18. Broaden your horizon. The USA are not the only country with creationists.

    http://www.few.vu.nl/~flipse/publicaties/S000964071100179Xa.pdf

    Learn to read Dutch (or use Google Translator) and you can have a lot of fun.

  19. @David – Would you want to ride on a zip line at a place where management puts “faith” ahead of science (and applied science, a.k.a.engineering)?

    I wonder what comes next? Change the name to “Six Flags Over Jesus” ?
    I should trademark that name.

  20. Realist1948, be careful what you wish for as someone might hear you. ;-)

  21. @Charles Deetz: Whe I clicked on the link your provided to get to WP’s settings for nested threads, this is the message that popped up:

    “User retiredsciguy Cannot Access the Dashboard Requested

    You are logged in as “retiredsciguy” and do not have the necessary privileges to access the dashboard for “The Sensuous Curmudgeon”. If you are not “retiredsciguy”, please log out, and log back in with your username. If you are “retiredsciguy” and you need access, please ask an administrator of the site to invite you.”

    So if you got in to SC’s account, you are a hacker! ;-)

  22. Re: Nested Threads –

    I like the way comments run the way things are set up here on SC’s blog. Nested threads make more sense on blogs where there may regularly be fifty or more comments in a thread, but since SC blocks out the trolls and other nut cases, that generally doesn’t happen here.

  23. Realist1948. Don Henley beat you to it (among others) see the lyrics to Henley’s song “Little Tin Gods”…

  24. SC said:

    the problem I’ve heard about with nested comments is that in threads with a lot of comments … the space for text becomes increasingly narrow because there’s so much indenting.

    I wholeheartedly agree with this, and find the whole indenting thing annoying. I much, MUCH prefer the way it is here. So long as people remember to do that “@whomever” at the beginning of a comment if you’re referring to an earlier one, I have no problem following the flow. This also helps if / when I’m reading from my smartphone. While it has a relatively large screen as smartphones go, it’s still small in an absolute sense. Indented comments make it almost unusable.

  25. Wasn’t that Time Cube nut-jub Ray Somethingoranother an electrician or electrical engineer? If so, why does that profession seem to occasional churn out religious wackos?