Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Secret Life By Jeffrey Katz

A Book of Wisdom from the Great Teacher Maimonides

By Jeffrey Katz

The world we live in is relentless. Every day is filled with instantaneous access to information and endless multimedia vying for our attention. Consequently, our inner lives are often as tumultuous and overloaded as our daily schedules, and we are compelled to broadcast our every move for all to see. The pressure that this kind of existence puts upon us can feel overwhelming and stressful. We live in an age when social media allows others to observe and critique everything we do, say or think, so that our lives become a sort of unintended public performance. Gone, it seems, are the days of privacy and quiet reflection. In this world of constant contact, we have never been more isolated and lonely, causing a plague of depression and anxiety to sweep over humankind.

In today's society, it's hard to be open-minded and receptive to people whose ideas are vastly different from our own. We are living in an age of extreme polarization and political turmoil, and it can be easy to dismiss whole groups of people whose views seem repugnant, rather than attempting to understand their perspectives and find avenues for productive debate and progress.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. There is another life simmering just below the surface of this existence. This life, The Secret Life, has been available to us all along, but we have pushed it aside in our rush to check things off of our "to do" lists. It is a life in which we strive to discover and develop our most noble selves, to define our sense of justice and infuse our lives with a higher purpose.

This book of wisdom is from the great teacher who is considered one of the wisest men throughout the ages. Since the time of the Bible, he is the only person to be celebrated by the three major Western religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. His name is Maimonides. A philosopher, rabbi, physician, religious thinker and logician, he was truly a “Renaissance Man” centuries before the Renaissance. His thinking on philosophy and faith and medicine was so advanced for its day some considered him heretical. But today this sage is considered among the greatest thinkers.

The benefits of the lessons of Maimonides in The Secret Life are countless. Changing your approaches to giving charity, to seeking justice, to loving others, and to believing in yourself enough to find and act on your true calling will lead you to remarkable heights. You will find a new resilience against the difficulties and turmoil in life, a new inner power that will keep you focused on the things that really matter, and an inner peace few will ever find. The Secret Life is, quite literally, life-changing. Through this new book, you will:

·    Renew your dedication to a higher purpose;
·    Learn to prioritize your time;
·    Feel a great sense of accomplishment and self-worth;
·    Make life more meaningful;
·    Make a difference in the world; and
·    Be rewarded with the gifts of true self-confidence and resilience.

Whether you are 20 or 60, if you are willing to work on making better decisions, balancing your priorities, and dedicating yourself to a meaningful cause, you'll learn how to access a deep sense of fulfillment by doing good for yourself and the world around you. You'll learn about:

·    The secret of charity - the highest, most ideal level of giving is the one which enables someone to ultimately become self-supporting; the next level is anonymous giving without expectation of recognition. Giving leads to happiness and happiness leads to success; thus, the cycle of blessing and gratitude, pouring positive energy into the universe, will bring about tremendous healing and change.

·    The secret of justice - to avoid judging others by gossiping, blaming, looking out only for your own self-interest, acting out of anger, revenge or prejudice; to practice forgiveness, kindness, compassion and empathy.

·    The secret of unconditional love - learning to love fellow human beings without the need to receive anything in return - given without any attachment to the end result.

·    The secret of a higher calling - how to find balance in your life, develop your focus, eliminate the clutter and commit to stop wasting time, allowing you to reach your life goal.

The Secret Life illuminates ancient teachings that are as relevant today as they were over 800 years ago, which will help you discover that true wisdom and success in every aspect of life comes not from our public persona, as so many believe, but from our secret thoughts and actions. Maimonides shows how every person can find their true and best self, not only deriving happiness for themselves, but spreading that bliss to everyone they touch.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeffrey Katz is a lifelong student and teacher of rationalist religious philosophy. He has rabbinic ordination as well as a law degree and is a practicing attorney. He has appeared on national television on a broad range of issues and has lectured widely.

Monday, January 7, 2019

"Unbelievable" By Michael Newton Keas




Historian of science exposes the lies of Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, and others

What do Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking, and Carl Sagan have in common? ­These famous popularizers of science have all spread stories to suggest that science and religion have been at war with each other for centuries - that ­religion is anti-science. There’s just one problem: these stories are pure myth.

Now, Michael Newton Keas, a historian of science, explodes the 7 most popular and pernicious myths about science and religion. In the new book Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion, Keas debunks the myths and shows how they have infiltrated science textbooks and popular culture. He reveals:

·    Why the “Dark Ages” never happened;

·    Why we didn’t need Christopher Columbus to prove the earth was round;

·    Why Copernicus would be shocked to learn that he supposedly demoted humans from the center of the universe;

·    What everyone gets wrong about Galileo’s clash with the Church, and why it matters today;

·    Why the vastness of the universe does not deal a blow to religious belief in human significance;

·    How the popular account of Giordano Bruno as a “martyr for science” ignores the fact that he was executed for theological reasons, not scientific ones; and

·    How a new myth is being positioned to replace religion - a futuristic myth that sounds scientific but isn’t.

The 7 myths Keas debunks in Unbelievable amount to little more than religion bashing - especially Christianity bashing. In exposing these myths, Keas shows that the real history is much more interesting than the common narrative of religion at war with science.

ABOUT Michael Newton Keas, PhD: Keas is a senior fellow at Discovery Institute and a former Fulbright scholar. He holds a PhD in the history of science from the University of Oklahoma and serves as lecturer in the history and philosophy of science at Biola University.