Self-Published Genius #91: Former Atheist

We have 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.

The press release we found today is titled New Book Reconciles Creation and Evolution. It was issued by EIN Presswire. Here are some excerpts from the press release, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

For decades, Christians have discussed how evolution and intelligent design may not be mutually exclusive, although divisions on the topic remain. Related to this issue is the relationship between the theory of evolution and the origin of evil.

The relationship between evolution and evil? This should be interesting! The press release says:

In “HOMO LAPSUS: Sin, Evolution, and the God Who Is Love,” author and theology professor Dr. Niamh Middleton explores the link between evolutionary biology and Christianity and the origins of evil. Through her study of biology and theology, Middleton suggests that evolutionary biology provides evidence for Christian teachings on the issues of the origin of humanity, the origin of evil, and the existence of a benevolent Deity.

We thought evil was because of the devil. Now this author says evolutionary biology provides evidence not only about evil — but also a benevolent deity? Wowie! This is great! The press release tells us:

As Middleton researched and wrote HOMO LAPSUS, she became increasingly aware of the divisions among Christians on the topic of human origins because of the scientific doctrine of evolution. [Evolution causes divisions!] She explains, “The key to resolving the apparent conflicts between religion and science — and especially between evolutionary biology and Christianity — lies in confronting the implications of evolution for morality. [That’s brilliant!] Only when this has been achieved will it be possible to achieve harmony between the two disciplines.”

Ooooooooooooh! She wants to achieve harmony! The press release continues with some information about the author:

Dr. Middleton’s life and studies have made her well versed in multiple worldviews and differing doctrines. A native of Dublin, Ireland, Middleton was an atheist [Gasp!] when she married a man who was, at the time, considering becoming a Roman Catholic priest.

Such men usually don’t get married. She must be very persuasive! Let’s read on:

Over 10 years later, Niamh became a Christian when she was required to teach religion for her job as a primary school teacher. The more she studied, the more her love for theology blossomed, and after a personal crisis, she realized the true comfort and hope she had in Christ. Soon after, she earned her PhD in theology from St. Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth in 2003. She now lectures on theology at Dublin City University.

Fascinating! Then we’re given some crucial information:

HOMO LAPSUS: Sin, Evolution, and the God Who Is Love, is published by Deep River Books.

We immediately visited the publisher’s website. There’s not much doubt — it’s a vanity press operation. With that and the press release, we know the book qualifies for our collection.

Now let’s see if we can find the book at Amazon. Yes — Here it is! It’s 253 pages long and costs only $14.94 in paperback. Wowie! Amazon has a “Look Inside” feature. We were surprised to see that her introduction discusses Star Trek. This is an unusual book!

Okay, dear reader, that’s enough information. We know you’re gonna buy this book. When you place your order, tell ’em the Curmudgeon sent ya.

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5 responses to “Self-Published Genius #91: Former Atheist

  1. I hope there is a chapter on the evolution of hypocrisy.

    More charitably, recognition of our own natures as evolved, historically contingent, and full of frozen-in flaws has more in common with ideas of Original Sin than with fantasies of human perfectibility

  2. Michael Fugate

    Homo lapsus – involuntarily mistaken human?
    Are we mistaken about gods, religions, science, biology?
    Wouldn’t we need to throw out much of Christianity to reconcile it to science? Could Jesus really be a god in human clothing?

  3. What unbeliever cares?
    Not me.

  4. Steve Gerrard

    Also be sure to pick up the related item mentioned by Amazon:

    colon cleansing: Intestinal Cleanse and Reconstruction: the Most Powerful Internal Detoxification Program

    They go better together!

  5. Techreseller

    Let’s see, buy this book. Try this Rioja Tempranillo that seems to have potental. Guess reading the book will have to wait..