Gaj: The End of Religion

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Hay River Books, Oct 30, 2004 - Religion - 147 pages

Do our metaphors for "God" serve us, or do we serve the metaphors? What are the consequences of our monotheistic idea that "God" is†separate from creation†rather than a subatomically and consciously unified life force?

Gaj: The End of Religion offers a concise survey of our ideas about “God” from 600 BC to the present in the service of a single compelling argument: “God” is not an individual but the very substance of the universe.

The implications of this idea for our personal and global worldviews are explored in the context of religion, philosophy, quantum physics, self-knowledge and selfhood, notions of good and evil, and the current intertwining of church and state in both North America and the Middle East.

“A great little book to help us think and imagine beyond the spiritual boxes of our time.” ~ Rev. Dr. Robert L. Jackson, United Church of Canada

Purchase at http://www.amazon.ca/Gaj-The-Religion-Robert-Lewis/dp/0973656107.

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I was recommended a book in a juice shop in a beautiful little town on the Westcoast of Mexico. They had a stack of them for sale in the back section and I liked what I saw. Conveniently I also needed a book to read on my travels. Little did I know that It was going to be the best book I have ever read in its field (I have read a lot of quantum physics type books). He has done an amazing job summarizing peoples religious beliefs on many spectrums. He is straight up about what is fact and what is theory.
Once I had read it I knew I needed to share it. I lent it to a select few friends I met while hostal hopping. They were all also enthusiastic about it, some reading frantically so they could finish before I parted and the book was gone! I went back to the town I found the book 3 months later to stock up on more for my friends back home but they were sold out! This book is an undercover gem and could go a long way to helping create world peace if a decent fraction of the population got their hands on it.
 

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“A spiritual diamond in the rough just waiting to be discovered.” ~ M.J. Stone, Montreal Hour (http://hour.ca/2005/02/17/self-starting-spirit)
“Calls on us to change our paradigms, to view
ourselves as part of a whole not in the sense of contractually unified individuals, but in the sense of a truly holistic and connected universe.” ~ Matthew Eckel, McGill Daily
“Lewis invites anyone, from the most learned theologians to the casual observer ... to take part in his historical recapitulation of religion.” ~ Leslie Schachter, Ascent Magazine (http://ascentmagazine.com/reviews.aspx%3Fpage=read&subpage=past&issueID=26.html#3)
“Highly readable. Building on the spiritual insights of quantum physics, which is made understandable for even the non-scientific thinker, Lewis concludes that we really would be truer to our experiences of the divine and our observations of creation if we embraced a more pantheistic understanding of God. A great little book to help us think and imagine beyond the spiritual boxes of our time.” ~ Rev. Dr. Robert L. Jackson, United Church of Canada
 

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Page 30 - I consider as an echo of the former, co-existing with the / conscious will, yet still as identical with the primary in\ the kind of its agency, and differing only in degree, and in the mode of its operation. It dissolves, diffuses, dissipates, in order to recreate; or where this process is rendered impossible, yet still at all events it struggles to idealize and to unify.
Page 33 - All meek and silent, save that through a rift — Not distant from the shore whereon we stood, A fixed, abysmal, gloomy breathing-place — Mounted the roar of waters, torrents, streams Innumerable, roaring with one voice ! Heard over earth and sea, and, in that hour, For so it seemed, felt by the starry heavens.
Page 13 - And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
Page 13 - But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Page 31 - And what if all of animated nature Be but organic harps diversely framed, That tremble into thought, as o'er them sweeps Plastic and vast, one intellectual breeze, At once the Soul of each, and God of all?
Page 105 - Universe"; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest— a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Page 12 - Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.
Page 114 - I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands: one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all...
Page 36 - Once blasphemy against God was the greatest blasphemy; but God died, and therewith also those blasphemers. To blaspheme the earth is now the dreadfulest sin, and to rate the heart of the unknowable higher than the meaning of the earth!
Page 33 - A deep and gloomy breathing-place through which Mounted the roar of waters, torrents, streams Innumerable, roaring with one voice. The universal spectacle throughout Was shaped for admiration and delight, Grand in itself alone, but in that breach Through which the homeless voice of waters rose, That dark deep thoroughfare had Nature lodg'd The Soul, the Imagination of the whole.

About the author (2004)

Rafiq is writer and filmmaker Robert Sean Lewis. He wrote his first book, Gaj: The End of Religion (2004), to counter the idea of “God” as an individual who could take sides in the “war on terror.” His memoir Days of Shock, Days of Wonder (2016) tells the story of his confrontation with the spiritual and cognitive dissonance of the 9/11 age.†

His documentaries Be Smile: The Stories of Two Urban Inuit (2006) and Khanqah: A Sufi Place (2011) are online at Vimeo. Be Smile screened at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco in 2008 and at Cinema Politica in Montreal, Ottawa, and Fredericton.

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