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A New Vision: The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed (2011)
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“A New Vision: The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed” by Moriah Morningstar is obviously the product of many years of study, contemplation and development. As the title genuinely indicates, “A New Vision” is indeed a new vision for those willing to explore not only theological dogma, but also consider the powers that drive the world we live in and the forces that motivate human endeavor.

“A New Vision” is not a book for the fainthearted religious adherent, be it Christian, Jewish, Muslim or other, who wishes to remain cocooned in the safety of unquestioning mental comfort. As the author clearly states at the outset: “Jehovah (Lord of Israel) is a demon; he spoke evil, planned evil, and sent forth evil angels. He deceived and killed his own people, and destroyed the Canaanites. Jehovah ordered his servants to murder, rape, torture and enslave others, kill babies, plunder, and kill their own children.” For some readers, this statement would be a reason to run away. But for the curious readers who are willing to entertain unconventional approach to theology and philosophy, “A New Vision” could be intriguing and, at times, intelligent and provocative.

In a manner fitting for the task, the author begins with a thorough discussion at the creation of Adam and Eve, raising (and providing original answers to) questions that have plagued both the thoughtful and the faithful for millennia. The book then continues to explore religious texts as well as historic events, progressing all the way forward to our contemporary times and events.

While some conventional religion scholars may disagree or dismiss the author’s analysis, “A New Vision” addresses issues in detail, dedicating discussions for each of the leading faiths currently popular, starting with Catholics, Seventh-day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Pentecostals, Evangelical, Mormons, Baptists, Aryans, Jews and Arabs, etc. There is also an extensive analysis and critiques of various other works in the theological, political, and historic realms.

In summary, “A New Vision: The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed” by Moriah Morningstar” is a multidisciplinary treatise that would intrigue readers who are open to questioning conventional religious dogma; it is an interesting and comprehensive work that could stimulate discussions about faith specifically and humanity in general.