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.
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