What is this book about? [The Primacy of Stewardship] (FAQ)
Q: Is this book about Jesus?
A: No. This book is about the teaching contained in the Gospels, not about the identity of the source of the teaching. The individual is invited to decide for themselves, exercise the personal freedom that Jesus promoted, to decide who they believe Jesus is.
The teaching itself, the message and theme of Jesus -- the primacy of stewardship -- is evaluated on its merits alone, its credibility as scientifically accurate information. Jesus taught evolutionary science. Survival of the good steward is survival of the fittest.
Q: Who does the author say Jesus is?
The author says that there are five categories that Jesus could be:
1) A special individual;
2) A special individual who had a special training and education;
3) A special individual who had a special training and education that included the accumulated knowledge of centuries and from many cultures;
4) He is a superior being on a benevolent mission to give us information we need;
5) He is what the original theologians said he was, he is God and or the Son of God and or the Holy Spirit. It does not matter what is the source of the information, because the truth is the same no matter whence it came. The information is correct -- survival of the good steward is survival of the fittest -- that's what this book is about. Nature has no regrets, only survivors.
Q: Does this book promote the Christian religion?
A: No, not the conservative or evangelistic or mainstream Christian religion. This book extends an invitation to everyone to look at the Gospel message with new eyes and endeavor to see that Jesus was giving us the most important information, scientific information, that we needed: Survival of the good steward is survival of the fittest. The kingdom of heaven referred to by Jesus is the kingdom of life in the universe, and our natural assignment, our natural role, is to take care of it, be a good steward. The alternative is extinction.
Q: Does this book say that Christianity is the right religion, or best religion?
A: No. This book shows how Jesus did not teach what we call "Christianity" or promote the Christian religion or any religion. Jesus taught separation of the church and state ("Render onto Caesar the things that our Caesar's and render unto God the things that are God's"). Jesus also taught explicitly, in parables and passages, that everyone is evaluated, or judged or measured, according to their conduct, not their membership in any organization or ethnic group or institution. This is the scientific method, social justice, the practice of equality before the law, freedom of religion.
Q: Does this book promote morality or moral rules for people?
A: No. This book is a carefully researched explanation of how Jesus taught science, not moral philosophy, and how good stewardship is not a moral choice, but a natural law. We cannot choose whether or not to be good stewards, or choose a mediocre level of stewardship, make a "compromise," in the hope of being "sufficiently moral." Either we are good stewards or we are not. The ultimate definition of a good steward is a species that produces no "unintended consequences" and does no harm to the life-supporting environment. The life supporting environment, the ecology, Nature, is "the kingdom of heaven." We, like a suicidal individual, can climb to a height and decide to jump off. That would be a moral decision. But, once we jump, we cannot deliberate further on the way down, driven by the physical force of gravity, that we would like to change our mind, stop falling and go back up. The primacy of stewardship is not like the moral decision to jump or not jump. The primacy of stewardship is like gravity, a law of the universe. If we are not good stewards, we have jumped from a height, and the only thing that can happen next is the collision (with Nature) that causes extinction.
Q: Is this book about being liberal?
A: This book is about -- look at the table of contents:
The Primacy of Stewardship: The Handbook for Christians Who Believe in Democracy
Part I: The Universal Jesus
Chapter One: My God and Your God
Chapter Two: The Tree of Life: Jesus Taught Evolution
Chapter Three: Panspermia (life is disbursed throughout the universe)
Chapter Four: Stewardship is The Gospel
Chapter Five: The Kingdom of Heaven is Like a Farmer
Chapter Six: Judgment According to Conduct
Chapter Seven: Three Unforgivable Sins
Chapter Eight: Jesus' Identity and Mission
Part II: A Traveler's Guide
Chapter Nine: Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth
Chapter Ten: Everything Will Be Revealed to Everyone
Chapter Eleven: It's a Dangerous World "Out There"
Chapter Twelve: Learning About Religion
Chapter Thirteen: The Old and New in the Kingdom of Heaven
Chapter Fourteen: The Origins of Morality
Chapter Fifteen: Stewardship is the Action of Love
Chapter Sixteen: A Plan of Actions
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