Self-Published Genius #49: Proof of the Divine

Good news, dear reader! We have another addition to our series about Self-Published Geniuses, where we bring you news of authors with a vanity press book in which the author claims to have made paradigm-shattering discoveries, and announces his work by hiring a press release service.

The press release for this one is titled Do the Secrets of the Universe Prove Divine Existence? New Book Explores the Science Behind the Great Beyond. It was issued by Press Release Rocket, which describes itself as “an independent news agency that specializes in bringing a fresh perspective to finance from around the world.” In our experience, they also promote creationist books. The press release says, with some bold font added by us for emphasis:

Challenging the beliefs of atheism, “Proof of God Within & Beyond” contends that the universe could not have been the outcome of an accident or random chance, but is the result of an intentional plan by a Supernatural Power.

That’s an attention-grabbing start! We must read on:

Proof of a divine existence is not established by science alone, but through logical reasoning based on obvious facts, according to author Charles De Silva. “It’s my hope that this book may provide a school for thought to the honest atheist, substantiation to the agnostic, hope and affirmation to the believer. However, I am also aware of the fact that for the believer no proof is necessary and for the one who is determined not to believe, no proof is satisfactory,” says the author.

All the arguments presented are logical conclusions based on common sense and scientifically established facts, not on imaginary hypothesis. The author clearly demonstrates the existence of an intelligent and omnipotent Designer who intentionally instituted all universal laws with stark precision and accuracy.

That sounds great! But who is this brilliant author? The press release doesn’t say, so we looked for the book’s Amazon listing — here it is: Proof of God Within and Beyond Science by Charles De Silva. At that listing, Amazon gives us information about an author with a different name, so we have no idea what’s going on.

Returning to the press release, we see that all it does is quote some of the glowing reviews that were posted at Amazon. They’re very persuasive.

However, in addition to the press release, we need more to confirm that the book qualifies for our collection. Was it published by a vanity press? Yes, it was! Amazon informs us that the publisher is something called Createspace. We’ve encountered them before. Their website leaves no doubt — they say: “Hundreds of thousands of authors like you are publishing profitable work right now instead of waiting for agents and publishers to give the green light.”

Amazon doesn’t tell us how many pages the book has, but it costs only $71.10 in paperback. You can’t resist a bargain like that! Well, dear reader, what are you waiting for? Go get it!

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13 responses to “Self-Published Genius #49: Proof of the Divine

  1. There’s a more convincing Amazon listing here, with a more realistic price of $12.99.

    I’m still intrigued by this vanity publishing business. Seems almost like you can buy a package with publication, “press release” and, from the looks of it, a handful of positive reviews. Must have been a bargain.

  2. michaelfugate

    Look Inside at Amazon, you get this:

    Argument: Notwithstanding the great improbability that the very first amoeba with a systematically and an intricately-designed DNA-strand within its structure, was brought into existence by a mere accidental or coincidental assembly of some unrelated chemical substances in exactly appropriate and just right proportions, one also ought to understand the extent of the great improbability of that very first amoeba instantaneously acquiring the capability of producing another amoeba of its kind. It would not have been possible for the first amoeba to suddenly attain the capability to propagate unless there was a guiding external intervention, because there’s absolutely no possibility that the ability to propagate or procreate could unexpectedly spring out of an accident since it involves a pre-engineered genetic system and an envisaged aim to produce a future generation.

    Haven’t we seen this a million times before?

  3. It would be interesting if just once one of these people who set out to prove evolution didn’t happen would demonstrate that they actually know something about the mechanism of evolution. Oh, but then they wouldn’t need no steenkin’ gods, would they?

  4. What is the probability that so many thinkers about design would write about the creation of the simplest thing without ever coming up with a mention of the process by which that thing comes into being?
    Surely they know that it has been so frequently written about how it cannot happen by natural processes – especially not evolution – and there is no need to repeat the same arguments. Wouldn’t someone notice that there is a place for a few words about what might be the process?

  5. @Michaelfugate
    Indeed, yes we have seen it many times. It’s the 747 in the junkyard scenario via the tornado, the sudden appearance of the amoeba with complete functioning DNA ready and raring to go.

  6. Christine Janis

    These people are completely ignorant that an amoeba is a complex, highly evolved organism.

  7. michaelfugate

    Good point Christine. Amoebae have been evolving for the same length of time as any other species alive today.

  8. As a “self-published genius” myself, I’ve found CreateSpace very useful for narrowly focused books that would never be published by the major houses. The drawback was when one of the country’s big planetariums inquired about carrying a book of mine in its gift shop, and CreateSpace seemed to have too many hoops to jump through for wholesale orders. Publishing has been changing drastically these past few years, and what used to be derided as “vanity” has now become “independent” with quite a few authors of some quality taking advantage of the new possibilities and freedoms. Publish it yourself through CreateSpace or similar, and you see your sales figures and income updated in real time, which is phenomenal if you’ve ever dealt with traditional publishers and their creative accounting and six-monthly reports. I can see that the Curmudgeon has only seen the inevitable bilge that gets indenpendently published as well, which has influenced his opinion, but there’s a whole revolution going on.

  9. DD, your comment is not even wrong – it’s irrelevant.

    “self-published “geniuses” who pay for press releases to promote their vanity-published books about their imaginary discoveries and pseudo-science ravings.”

  10. While most authors only offer the reader ‘food for thought,’ this guy gives us a whole ‘school for thought.’ That’s a lot more to think about.

  11. According to the table of contents in “Look Inside”, the book has about 70 pages.

  12. The book linked to by Draken seems to be completely different from the one in SC’s link, but same title and author on the cover. And lots more pages.

  13. Challenging the beliefs of atheism, “Proof of God Within & Beyond” contends that the universe could not have been the outcome of an accident or random chance, but is the result of an intentional plan by a Supernatural Power.

    Anyone can “contend” (that is, claim) anything. The acid test is whether such a contention has any basis in fact.

    All the arguments presented are logical conclusions based on common sense and scientifically established facts, not on imaginary hypothesis.

    Appeals to “logic” and “common sense” absent facts fall prey to the problem that both fail if based on false premises.

    Logic and common sense tell is that Earth is stationary at the center of the universe. After all, don’t we see all the heavenly bodies moving through the sky while our planet remains safely unmoving under our feet?

    As for those who point out that we can see the same sort of thing regarding the countryside around us when we’re driving, even though we know we’re moving, well, they and the eee-volutionists are the sort of people for whom the rack and the stake were invented.

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