Genre = Novel, History
Lessons in a form of a narrative that gives pieces of a mystery and then unites all the pieces together. Told really well. A claim for tolerance for a different source of information, in this case to not forget a more non-secular tradition. The problem in this case is not the plea for tolerance to go to non-secular groups, but the targeted people who are made to be the enemy of the book are not given much tolerance. The author picked a group, a faith, that is seen as an enemy today and of the past, turning that group into a target for oppression. If things change, that means that whatever has changed has more value than what was in the past. Just because a particular group does not like the change, does not meant that a mass population should pay a huge price. Should some cultural ideas of the past are more right than to what changed, then it is possible to bring back the cultural idea.
The Isaiah 9:10 Effect is an important lesson. Paraphrasing the idea into secular language, it is when a nation wants to repair some wrongs to prevent a calamity, will instead "set in motion a chain of events to bring about the very calamity it sought to avert". By not dealing with the cause, the problem will reoccur. Alongside many lessons, the information of the history and clarifications were really helpful.
A theme that exists in the book is commentary about the overwhelming misinterpreting of a religious text. The problem in this case is that interpretations change overtime because the value systems change. It was mentioned that interpretations depend on the value set of society at present, but the case that what the current interpretation is somehow wrong based on a changed meaning does not make the current interpretation wrong to the context. The book is easily read but the data presented shows only some of the events, and only the events that support the idea of an incoming collapse without giving crediting other events that should what lead up to the events presented.
Pages to read: 253
1st Edition: 2012
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