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The Tyranny of God - Preface

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We live our lives by creating a model of how everything in the universe fits. We create these models consciously or unconsciously. These models are important to help us understand who and what we are; what to do and where to go. Like maps that help us navigate streets, these models help us chart our course through life. With the dominance of religion in our lives, most of us end up with religious maps. When I refused to look at my map, I felt lost.

If there is no God, then how could we account for all the variety of life on this planet? If we evolved from ape-like creatures, and they evolved from something else, then how did life begin on Earth? If life on Earth began on a different planet, how did it start there? If our universe originated from a big explosion called the 'Big Bang', what was there before the Big Bang?

For most of our lives, religion has answered many of these questions for us. It is difficult, therefore, to remove or defuse religious dogmas because they are ingrained into the foundations of the models that you and I have created and adopted for ourselves.

If I were to take out the belief that there is no God from my mind, I also needed to extract everything else that necessitated His existence. When I did, I began to notice gaps in my mind and this resulted in my discomfort. With so many gaps, many of the questions I had previously answered were devoid of answers. And I desperately needed answers.

I no longer felt I could live the best possible life I could if I no longer knew the standard on which to base it. The only way was to fill these newly-created gaps in my mind, with new ideas, new knowledge and new ways of thinking.

I prepared to dedicate most of the thirty-first year of my life to read and research as much as I could. I wanted a new understanding of life, us, morality and God. This book is the result of that pursuit.

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