Self-Published Genius #60: The Boy Wonder

This is a great new 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.

Today’s author has actually issued two – yes, two! — press releases. The first is “Pride Paves Way for the Global Acceptance of Falsehood,” Says Christian Writer, and we also found another one: Christian Writer Attempts to Answer Life’s Big Questions. Both were issued by WebWire. The first one says:

When it comes to dealing with life’s questions, Christian writer Marcus Hurst urges everyone to “maintain an open mind to the truth.” However, he sees a problem with people who, due to their pride and self-confidence, consider their own opinion to be of higher value than the truth. In his book “The Box Top to Life’s Puzzle: Explanations for the Mystery of Life” (Toplink Publishing, 2017), Hurst explains how pride has led certain people to invent lies and embrace falsehood.

Has pride caused you to embrace falsehood, dear reader? If so, this may be the book for you. But first, although we have two press releases, we need to make sure that this qualifies for our collection. Was it published by a vanity press? The press release says the publisher is Toplink Publishing. Their website leaves no doubt — they’re a vanity publisher.

Okay, the book qualifies! Let’s get back to the press release:

For Hurst, to embrace the truth is to stand “on the ground of humility.” There are many explanations to life’s tough questions, which make it difficult for people to determine the truth. Proud people attempt to explain away every fact they do not want to face, thus leaving behind “a very distorted image of life and its values.” One such distortion is the theory of evolution, which people believe “because it was what people wanted to hear… because they had a passionate craving for the freedom to do as they please.”

Yes — that’s why people believe in evolution! Expanding on that, the press release tells us:

The theory of evolution “does not include the evolution of an instinctive moral code”, says the author in chapter 4 (‘The Global Acceptance of a Lie’) of “The Box Top to Life’s Puzzle.” There is no moral code to observe when believing in the theory, which not only causes people to lose their respect for the truth but also reduces humans to the same moral level as that of animals.

How true! The press release continues:

“The Box Top to Life’s Puzzle” is Hurst’s response to society’s growing lack of belief in supernatural authorities and rejection of moral obligations.

This is the book the world needs! We looked for it at Amazon — and we found it! Here it is: The Box Top to Life’s Puzzle: Explanations for the Mystery of Life. They don’t say how many pages it is, and there are no reviews yet, but it’s only $7.99 in paperback. You can’t go wrong with that!

We know what you’re wondering — Who is this brilliant author? The press release informs us:

Marcus Hurst was born in 1992, and was raised in the Buffalo Valley, in Pennsylvania, where his family operated a dairy farm. At the age of nineteen, Hurst taught sixth and seventh grade in a rural private school. He later served a few winter terms as a mentor, at Red Rock Refuge (a home for troubled teenage boys,) between working at a local bicycle shop.

He’s only 25 years old, but it sounds like he has a good background. Here’s a bit more:

Despite his young age, his mere eight-grade education, and his inner feeling of worthlessness, Hurst supplies powerful answers to questions that challenge our world. … It was his love for his fellowmen and his desire to help them find answers to some of their biggest questions that motivated Marcus, as a teenager and later a young adult, to dedicate his spare time to writing this work.

So there it is, dear reader. This is the book you’ve been waiting for. Go get it!

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12 responses to “Self-Published Genius #60: The Boy Wonder

  1. “Animals of the MONKEY class are furnished with hands instead of paws; their ears, eyes, eye-lids, lips, and breasts, are like those of mankind; their internal conformation also bears some distant likeness; and the whole offers a picture that may mortify the pride of such as make their persons the principal objects of their admiration.”
    John Wesley
    A Survey of the Wisdom of God in the Creation; Or A Compendium of Natural Philosophy New York: Bangs and T. Mason, 1823, Part the Second, Chapter I, volume 1, pages 147-148. Wesley Center Online
    A Plain Account of Christian Perfection (1766)

  2. An eight grade education? Sounds a bit overqualified for a creationist.

  3. That is so sad. Is he Amish? It sounds like it.

  4. Ted – don’t diss the Amish with such a question!!! 🙂

  5. Dave Luckett

    Let us not descend to arguments from authority; let us consider the facts only. The writer’s education is not important. What he says, is.

    The statement, “There is no moral code to observe when believing in the theory (of evolution), which not only causes people to lose their respect for the truth but also reduces humans to the same moral level as that of animals” is (a) irrelevant and (b) false to fact.

    It is irrelevant for the same reason as saying that there is no moral code to observe when believing in atomic physics or gravity or the germ theory of disease. Theories that explain facts about the Universe are not about morals. They are about the facts.

    But the statement is also false, however strange that may seem. Morality
    consists of our reactions to the facts. Observing “natural selection” impels the understanding that it may favour any of a multitude of selected traits. In humans some selected traits are and have been social co-operation and intelligence. Intelligence enables empathy and understanding of consequence. Social co-operation enables altruism. We are evolved for fitness as social, mutually supportive, co-operating beings. It is precisely because of that fact that we can be altruistic, charitable and self-sacrificing.

    Now, you can argue that God intended it that way. He caused us to develop the “knowledge of good and evil”. Sure. All it requires is an extra hypothesis. I don’t actually mind too much if that claim is made. Occam’s Razor is a useful guide, but no more than a guide. But please, don’t come this nonsense about evolution not being moral.

  6. If you can`t trust a bicycle repairman, who can you believe?

  7. “freedom to do as they please” No that is people who use sin as an excuse, instead of taking responsibility.

  8. Despite his young age, his mere eight-grade education, and his inner feeling of worthlessness, Hurst supplies powerful answers to questions that challenge our world. … It was his love for his fellowmen and his desire to help them find answers to some of their biggest questions that motivated Marcus, as a teenager and later a young adult, to dedicate his spare time to writing this work.

    Okay, now let me take my insulin . . . !

    Disregarding the syrupy quality of that quote, it’s nice to know that Mr. Hurst has such a clear sense of his own value to the world.

  9. I got logged of /,em>again?See the “Anonymous” post above.

  10. Oh, for the ability to edit prior posts . . . !

    [*Voice from above*] You’re having a bad day. It’s probably due to the clock re-set.

  11. I dispute that our morals are based on holy writ; rather the other way round, certain morals were there for a long time before they were considered religious law.

    I also dispute that our moral code has deteriorated over time. During WWI, the belligerents had few scruples sending their sons into the meatgrinder for no more concrete motive than ‘national pride’. Let’s see any western leader try to pull that nowadays and come off unscathed.

  12. Techreseller

    Wait, there is a tragedy here. He taught 6th and 7th grade. And I assume all subjects because a small rural school cannot afford separate teachers for each subject. And he has an 8th grade education. Those poor kids.