“Maybe We Need A New Religion”, the latest book by author James Hilgendorf, provides the basis for one of his continuing series of talks given to all kinds of interested groups around the United States.
People are increasingly turning away from mainline religions, and the reasons are many. Many people cannot believe anymore in the dogma and authoritarianism of established churches. This goes for Christianity, Judaism, Islam and others. Especially, this applies to young people, who are searching for deeper meaning in their lives, but cannot subscribe to the outdated teachings of the mainline religious orthodoxy.
Atheists, agnostics and humanists are attracting more people to their ranks. These groups are looking to find answers to their questions also of how to lead a meaningful and moral life without resorting to notions of a personal God, or canons of ritual and submission and sin.
The notion for the book, “Maybe We Need A New Religion”, and the talks on this subject, came when the author heard a news report about a 10 year old boy, who, after watching a great many television reports about the fighting going on in the Middle East between Christians, Muslims and Jews, commented: “Maybe we need a new religion.”
Hilgendorf is a forty-year practicing Buddhist, with the Soka Gakkai International, the largest Buddhist movement in the world today, with 12,000,000 members in 192 countries and territories around the globe.
One point of his book was to introduce readers and audiences to the Soka Gakkai, but also to shake up peoples’ notions about religion in general.
We are heading towards a globalized world. We are already heading in that direction economically. What is missing today is a mindset or religion or philosophy, or whatever you want to call it, that recognizes the absolute sanctity of life, the common root of life of all people, and recognizes the worth and potential of every single individual on the planet.
We live in an interconnected world. Science itself is showing us that.
What is demanded now is a philosophy or religion that can reach beyond the exclusive and divisive bounds of our current major religions, to embrace the world and all its people.
This is the subject of James Hilgendorf’s book and of his talks in this new series – “A New Religion for the World”.
James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker and author of nine non-fiction books. His titles include “Maybe We Need A New Religion”; “A New Myth for America”; “Forever Here”; “Life & Death: A Buddhist Perspective”; “The New Superpower”; “Handbook for Youth in a Muddied Age”; “The Buddha and the Dream of America”; “The Great New Emerging Civilization”; and “Poems of Death: Time for Eternity”.
Of his book, “Life & Death: A Buddhist Perspective”, one reviewer wrote:
“If I were to teach a basic college-level course in religion, philosophy, or metaphysics – call it Spirituality 101 – this book would be required reading. In fact, it would be the first week’s assignment. Having read all or parts of nearly a thousand books dealing dealing with spiritual matters, I cannot recall another that so simply and effectively blends the fundamentals of religion and science”. – Michael E. Tymn, Journal of Religion and Psychical Research.
To arrange for a talk, or for interviews, contact the author directly.