This isn’t something we could have found with our usual news sweeps, and it doesn’t qualify for our list of Self-published Geniuses because there is no press release. It’s only through the tireless efforts of one of our clandestine operatives — code-named “Blue Grass” — that we were informed of a paradigm-shattering book.
The title is Truth and Consequences (Amazon listing). Hey — it’s only $31.63 in paperback. What a bargain!
The publisher is something called iUniverse. Yes, it’s a vanity press. Their website says: “iUniverse is a self publishing company that makes it possible for writers to achieve the dream of becoming a published author.”
The author is Ralph E. Carlson. Amazon provides no information about him. For that, we have to go to the author’s own website. There we learn:
Ralph Carlson has a bachelor’s degree in metallurgy, and he holds an MS and PhD in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh. He has been employed by Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Grove City College. Now retired, he and his wife, Kay, have three adult children.
The only way to learn what the book is about is at the author’s website. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Have you ever asked the question, does God exist? Have you ever wondered about the source of life on earth — and in particular, human life? Creationism, intelligent design, and evolution are three approaches to answering these questions. While evolutionists are adamant that their claim has been proven to be a scientific fact, it turns out that their so-called “proof” uses an invalid logical argument. Hence, at this point in time, evolution is merely a conjecture and not a scientific fact.
Gasp — evolution is merely a conjecture! Let’s read on:
Instead of attempting to answer these questions through inductive arguments, Truth and Consequences offers a different logical approach that restates the questions as propositions. A proposition is a statement that is either true or false. Then the consequences of their respective truth values can be analyzed.
The first proposition is: an Infinite Intelligent Entity (IIE) exists. If that proposition is true, it leads to a second proposition: the IIE created life on Earth, and in particular, human life.
Huh? How does the first proposition lead to the second? Perhaps that will be explained as we plunge deeper. Here’s more:
If both propositions are true, it leads to a third proposition: there is life after death.
Again, we don’t yet see how the preceding proposition implies the next, but let’s move along:
If any of these propositions are false, the bottom line is that it leads to a dead end.
No problem there. This is our last excerpt:
Ultimately, if these foundational propositions are true, it leads to a fourth proposition: Jesus lived some two-thousand years ago. By continuing to build on these propositions and follow their conclusions, we can better discuss not only the existence of God as such but also contemporary issues like modern-day threats to Christianity in America.
So there you are, dear reader. If you want to learn more, you’ll need to buy the book. But be warned: Once you enter The Drool Zone, there’s no going back.
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