Self-Published Genius #121: The Great Deception

Today we have a new addition to our series about Self-Published Geniuses. This is 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 title of the press release is Author Daniel Snuffer’s newly released “Evolution: The Great Deception” is an intensive examination of the theory of evolution. Like so many others in our collection, it was issued by Cision PRWeb, which says it’s “the leader in online news distribution and publicity.” Here are some excerpts from the press release, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

“Evolution: The Great Deception”: a potent consideration. [Great title!] “Evolution: The Great Deception” is the creation of published author, Daniel Snuffer [Hee hee!], an avid reader who overcame dyslexia and veteran of the US Marines.

Snuffer sounds like a great guy! Then the press release quotes the brilliant author:

Snuffer writes, “Man is driven to find the GOD he lost in the garden of Eden [Yes!], and now you know the truth! [Huh?] Some men are so desperate that they look to cold dumb rocks for the majesty of creation, and that pursuit leads them to another creator, another god, and the greatest lie ever told — evolution.”

Wowie — evolution is the greatest lie ever told! The quote from the author continues:

Perhaps some people just didn’t get the GOD gene [There’s a god gene?] or perhaps they got it, but the gene is just flawed. How else could evolution end up leading to the worship of strange gods?

What strange gods is the author talking about? He tells us:

It is all just rocks, fake pictures, and the dirt shoveled out of the way trying to bury GOD with a lie. You can seek the popular opinion and ignore the GOD coursing through your veins, but it will be at your loss and truly sad. The fire will still be in your heart, but it will burn for a strange god and one that lies.

It sounds like a truly horrible fate. The press release then says:

Published by Christian Faith Publishing [Aha!], Daniel Snuffer’s new book is an impassioned plea born from the author’s faith-based study.

We’ve seen that publisher’s name several times before. Here’s their website: Christian Faith Publishing. It leaves no doubt — they’re a vanity publisher. They even let authors pay their fees on a monthly installment plan. With that, and the press release, we know the book qualifies for our collection.

After that essential information, we searched for the book at Amazon — and we found it! Wowie — it has 188 pages and it costs only $14.17 in paperback. What a deal! And yes, Amazon has a “Look inside” feature. Hey — there are no reviews yet. You can be the first!

Near the end of the press release it says you can view a synopsis of the book on YouTube. We haven’t looked, but you can’t resist, can you?

Okay, dear reader, that’s all we know. So go ahead and buy the thing — and tell ’em the Curmudgeon sent ya!

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11 responses to “Self-Published Genius #121: The Great Deception

  1. Silly me. I always thought it was blood coursing through my veins. Oh well, maybe my god pressure is 120/80.

  2. upstaidmilret

    Maybe Snuffer is a nickname for Snuffleupagus? The Sesame Street character has Aloysius as his given name, but maybe Snuffer’s ancestors shortened it to disguise their immigrant origins.

    As you probably know, Dean Hamer and his associates did a good investigation, looking for The God Gene (Hamer, et al, 2004), but what they found was a gene all mammals have. We can’t live without it, its short handle is VMAT2, but it doesn’t automatically lead to deistic/theistic belief. What they found is that some folks have two copies; if they do, they’re somewhat more likely to have a religious belief.

    A few separated identical twins were found, and they were both more likely to be religious if they had two copies of the gene. If they were raised without religious indoctrination, they did not tend to exhibit religious belief. If they were raised in separate religious situations, they differed in belief. I seem to remember one pair in which one became a rabbi and the other became a REV of some sort. So, we all have the gene, but as possession of an XX pair makes a non-speaking baby slightly more likely to smile than one with an XY pair, it doesn’t magically lead to what Snuffer is professing.

    At least one group of humans, the Pirahã of Brazil, don’t have belief in anything they can’t see or otherwise sense. Their disbelief is so strong that it converted the missionary who’d spent years with them and lost his theistic beliefs in the process.

  3. How about a.gene which determines how likely one is to accept a conspiracy theory?

  4. chris schilling

    “Daniel Snuffer, an avid reader who overcame dyslexia…”

    A perusal of the “Look Inside” feature at Amazon should quickly disavow one of this boast. Every time basic literacy is nailed to a wooden cross by some firebrand creationist author, it cries out uselessly to the heavens: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

  5. to find the GOD he lost in the garden of Eden

    Kind of hard to miss. He was right there. Pretty much the only other person in existence. I guess Adam and Eve weren’t exactly rocket scientists.

  6. Dave Luckett

    Well, it’s an odd thing, richard. God was right there, but not always. That is, this god wasn’t omnipresent. He liked to walk in the Garden at the time of the evening breeze. Adam and Eve heard him, and they had already eaten of the fruit, so they hid, and God called out, “Where are you?”, like He didn’t know. So God was either dissembling, or He really didn’t know.

    And what do you think? When Adam emerged and sheepishly told God that he had hidden because he was naked, God asks him “Who told you you were naked?” like He didn’t know, and then “Have you eaten from the tree I forbade to you?”

    See, God’s a shrewd customer. He can work out that they now know shame, so they must have the knowledge of good and evil, and they could only get that by eating the fruit, so therefore…

    That is, this god isn’t omniscient, either. He has to work stuff out just like we do. He doesn’t know everything.

    Now, if I were a scholar of the history of religions, I’d point to this as an example of how God… er… evolved. Earlier concepts of god or the gods were that they were humans writ large: lords, very mighty, with terrible powers and majesty and all that, but not, you know, ineffable or omniscient, omnipresent, or even omnipotent. The lord god of Israel liked to walk in the garden in the cool of the evening. He reasoned, just like us. He had to remind himself not to get in a snit again and cause a flood. He couldn’t prevail in battle against people who had iron chariots. You could talk to him, even bargain with him, even persuade him not to smite people.

    Mind you, other people had gods even more gullible. Cronos was kidded into eating a stone, rather than his son Zeus, and was overthrown by the latter, as prophesized. Thor was deceived by the personification of old age. Nor did even the Israelites think that their god was the only one – he was just the god they worshipped. The rest came later.

    But of course I’m not a scholar of religious history. I’m certainly not going to write a book about stuff I know little about. Mr Snuffer, not so much.

  7. @Dave Luckett
    Your thoughts seem to capture what the early Bible stories tell us about God.
    God is powerful, but not infinitely so.
    But the infinite is difficult to treat. Only in the 19th century did mathematicians begin to figure out how to think about the infinite. I am not impressed by theologians’ understanding of the infinite.

  8. @Dave Luckett
    God cannot dissemble, therefore He did not dissemble. God cannot not know, so therefore He knew. Which leaves us with only one logical conclusion. God was sloshed out of His holy gourd.

  9. @richard
    However, God can be misunderstood.
    For something like 2000 years, no one realized that the Bible was not saying that the Earth was unmoved, unlike all other objects (like the Sun. Moon, etc.).

  10. TomS, in that case God should avail Himself of the aforementioned press release services and the vanity press.

  11. jimroberts

    I agree with @chris schilling.
    I tried to read the Look Inside. It is incredibly badly written.