"The Truth Seekers," New "Non-Fiction" Book by Robert Thomas Fertig, Punblished by iUniverse-- to be Released Before Passover and Easter 2006

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Fertig's book responds boldly and definitively to "fact" claims made in "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown, "The Battle For God," by Karen Armstrong, and the recent National Geographic TV report of a so-called Judas Gospel.

THE TRUTH SEEKERS

Our Christian Crisis in the 21st Century:

By Robert Thomas Fertig

Everything in God’s universe passes through multiple evolutionary cycles of birth, growth, adolescence, maturity, death, and rebirth. That includes: galaxies, solar systems, planets, plants, animals, and humans. If this work contains any new theories, it is these important, and perhaps, novel ideas:

God created the universe, earth, and man in six “cosmic days,” and we are still evolving towards our ultimate perfection.

Creationism and Evolutionism theories are compatible. God endowed evolving prehistoric man and woman with a soul.

Natural disasters are caused by evolutionary processes; not “acts of God.” He gave us a brain to avoid most disasters. It’s a sin not to use it.

Child abuse statistics appear to be directly related to the crisis and chaotic events of the mid-60s and early 70s.

My work is also a direct response to two recent books: The Battle For God, by Karen Armstrong, and The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown, respectively. Both are “best seller” authors (see attachments for specifics).

Ms. Armstrong is a remarkable historian on religion. However, she equates: “terrorism with [Christian, Jewish, and Moslem] fundamentalism,” and labels all religious conservatives with “hate for others, who don’t conform to their beliefs.” In addition, Armstrong claims: “In a conservative society social stability and order were considered more important than freedom of expression.”

Many of us believe that freedom, without rules or personal responsibility, is absolutely foolish. How many thousands of “conservative” Americans suffered and died to protect our freedom?

On the other hand, Dan Brown, in The Da Vinci Code, denigrates the late Pope John Paul II, slanders a Catholic organization, Opus Dei, among many other serious perversions of actual historical facts. If any author insulted the Moslem or Jewish faiths, you can be sure the reaction would be enormous. Why must Christians always “turn the other cheek,” and act like Jelly Fish? I think it’s time for peaceful outrage against those who insult our sacred Christian beliefs.

The Truth Seekers attempts to show that faith and reason are compatible. The “IT” (scientific truths), the “I” (individual truths), and the “WE” (collective morality and revealed truths), are fundamental to our society. This book attempts to build a bridge between what today’s Christians believe, and what many skeptics and authors question.

The Truth Seekers provides factual arguments to help educated readers logically respond to these authors, and hopefully, empower them against the false philosophies of our modern times. Often, a question and an answer, leads to other questions, and this is the first significant step towards ultimate truth and enlightenment. The key question is what Jesus Christ asked His Apostles (and asks us, again, in this 21st century): “Who do you say that I am?”

To order a copy contact: http://www. iUniverse.com or your local bookstore.

What's the major focus of this work?

Integration of Science and Scripture, which I believe are often compatible. It attempts to address many of the key spiritual issues that trouble people. Many extreme fundamentalists/literalists are turning off people to Christ

To counter some of the radical and ignorant claims about Christianity.

What do you think about the discovery of ancient text that claims to be the “Gospel of Judas”?

Many different so-called “gospels” were written after the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John were produced. The early Father’s of the Church decided to choose only those texts that were written by Jesus Christ’s Apostles, or associates (disciples), and also the vitally important letters of Paul (which ties them all together) I’m sure that was a very difficult decision.

Perhaps a valid analogy might be that of crime scene, with different evidence presented in a court of law. If you have a dozen or so witnesses or documents, you choose the ones that are consistent in telling the story of the biggest event, and crime scene, in all of history: the life, teachings, accusations, judgment, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Moreover, Paul’s letters pre-date the four Gospels by decades, and most of his letters have been confirmed by many scholars as authored by him, and Paul agrees with the teachings of Christ as taught by the Gospels. In addition, Bishop leaders met at the Council of Hippo in 393 AD, which was confirmed at the council of Trent, as to the selection of those books of the OT and NT that are the Cannon of the Christian Bible.

How can any document, written centuries after the original Gospels, allegedly by Judas or his followers, be a “Gospel” (which means "good news")? I think many of these anti-Christian books, movies and TV media stuff is the work of powerful anti-Christ groups. Christians need to be more active to counter these 21st century heretics with the truth. That’s what “The Truth Seekers” attempts to accomplish. It’s a very difficult task, however.

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