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The Reluctant Messenger of Science and Religion: Science and the World's Religions Are Pieces to a Puzzle That Need Each Other to Form a Complete Picture [Paperback]

Stephen W. Boston , Evelyn McKnight Boston PH. D.
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9 Mar 2003
Science teaches evolution. Genesis describes creation. Christianity, Judaism, and Sufism teach resurrection. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism teach reincarnation. The Reluctant Messenger of Science and Religion resolves these paradoxes.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Writers Club Press (9 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595268218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595268214
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 15.6 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 670,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Stephen Boston, creator of, holds a Comparative Religion Ph.D., Biblical Studies M.A., and was a computer engineer for a major utility corporation prior to devoting efforts to spiritual research. He teaches The World?s Great Religions at a state university.Dr. Evelyn Boston holds a Theocentric Business and Ethics Ph.D., Behavioral Counseling M.Ed., and Sociology/Psychology B.A. She is a human resource trainer, executive coach, and employee assistance professional for an international corporation.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy masquerading as spritual philosophy 2 Aug 2004
These authors are well-meaning and sincere, I have no doubt of that. The danger of this book lies where they over-extend themselves and slide imperceptibly from interesting juxtapositions of scientific and religious anecdote into stream-of-consciousness speculation, of a content that runs contrary to everything there is to learn from long traditions of mysticism, both Eastern and Western.
The style of writing is excruciatingly hackneyed and I lay little store by all the vaunted degrees and doctorates which cannot prevent the authors making howlers of spelling and grammar every couple of pages in their native American English.
The patchy knowledge of the subject also makes them ridiculous on many occasions - does this man REALLY teach anything at a state university? Eeek.
The reader who knows the subject will whisk through this light book quickly and easily, stopping only to grind their teeth at its daft tales of a punishing God and a Satan that is almost God's match. Their wild attempt to integrate Creationism with atomic physics will win them readers in the Bible Belt, but such readers will probably not end up much more misguided than they already are.
I am more concerned for the impressionable and vulnerable people who will adopt this monument to the authors' vanity without discernment or common sense. To the gently whacko and rather gullible souls I've come across, it could be genuinely damaging.
I really feel I wasted fifteen quid here entirely, but if I can prevent any others of you from buying this pernicious rubbish then I will consider it worth spending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well timed. Best yet of kind 15 May 2003
Brilliant book arriving at just the right time. Science and religion really do fit together. Full of insight and much needed hope for this troubled world. Combined with Reluctant Messenger Web site, a must for all genuine seekers after truth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars VERY interesting reading for the open minded 3 July 2003
By Harold McFarland - Published on
"The Reluctant Messenger of Science and Religion" is a study in how science and the world religions are not in conflict with each other and need each other to form a complete picture. To make it less of a laborious read it is presented in the format of a novel. It starts with two members of debate societies debating over whether science is correct about the creation of the earth or religion is correct. From there we follow both the losing and winning debater through a series of life changing and illuminating events that effectively illustrate the authors' beliefs. It is very well written for a book of this sort and teaches the viewpoint that there are other interpretations of various Bible passages that are not in conflict with science. In fact there are several areas where the teachings are actually a return to the older beliefs. The book also freely examines other religious views from Islam to Hinduism, Buddhism to Sufi and brings them into the discussion.
Strong conservatives from almost any religious teaching will probably have a problem with this book as it attempts to bring harmony between the various beliefs and show that they are all parts of a more complete whole. Since most conservatives by definition believe that their view is right and any other is blasphemy I would expect them to have at least some difficulties. On the other hand, those with an open spirit will probably find it one of their favorite books.
Having said this, I would be failing my obligation to my readers if I did not point out that there are several editing problems of a nature that I would not expect in a finished product. While I did not make a note of them as I went along there are maybe ten to fifteen in the book - far more than the two to three maximum that I expect. As an example, page 235 has the sentence "Chester spoke to know one in particular". Although annoying, they don't interrupt the flow of the book too much and the authors make their point very clearly. It is only because of these errors that this is a recommended read and not a highly recommended read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold infinity in the palm of your hand 26 April 2003
By Meenakshi Suri - Published on
The website is so vast, that it was almost inconceivable to imagine that a book relatively small as this one, would do justice to the premise that all religions as well as science have to be seen together to uncover the truth.
But the Drs. Boston have managed to produce just that! The Reluctant Messenger is a book that satisfies the reader of a skeptical Chester's adventures with religion and science with the Master, which are on the website, and introduces a new juxtaposition: that of Lydia who is a believer of one religion alone. Coming together in a debate spirals each into a search for peace; in two differing directions: one in remote areas of India, and the other within the remote areas of conventional religion. The seeming innocuousness of the physical setting hides the breathtaking journeys each of them takes to the far reaches of human belief, faith and knowledge.
Those who have made a study of religion and/or of science, will not be disappointed: this book is a masterly progression of elegantly presented word diagrams that explain just how the different religions as well as science do fit together into a magnificent picture. There is a masterly change of pace from the sublime to the mundane: descriptions of a meditation of different dimensions and the clearing up of a breakfast table.
The tolerant among us are used to thinking that each religion leads to God- but that all religions together do that; and that science is not just a re-discovery of old facts but a re-presentation of them: that is indeed a unique perspective.
But what of the stories of Lydia and Chester? Do they come together once again? As the book progresses, so do they; and as we are caught up in their lives, it appears that we will need a sequel to find that out!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration and more... 10 April 2003
By Pranav Chavda - Published on
I have not read the book in its book-form yet. But from it's website, I can say that this book inspires any seeker to move towards his/her supreme goal.
The book tries to take clues from all major world religions in a fantastic manner to get the complete picture - the plan of the supreme.
The book is a very interesting read as many truths are uncovered through it's pages in the form of a student-master dialogue.
I will not hesitate in rating this book as one of the best religious/spiritual books that I've ever read, definitely worth five stars!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An original and enthralling novel 18 July 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
The collaborative effort of Stephen and Evelyn Boston, The Reluctant Messenger Of Science And Religion is an original and enthralling novel about two people caught amidst revelations that threaten both their personal lives and the world itself. Paradoxes between conflicting world religions, the seeming contradictions between science and faith, inspiration and desperation, all meld into a tautly written saga that makes for rapt, involving reading from beginning to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Reluctant Messenger of Science and Religion 9 April 2003
By D'Arcy Gonzalez - Published on
There have been many fictional books with the ring of truth to them. The Reluctant Messiha, The Reluctant Warrior, The Celestine Prophecy, Just to name a few. But here is a wonderful book of truth ringed in fiction. While searching for Truth, A seeker often noticees that the religions of the world have similer view points and basic truths in them. The Reluctant Messanger has been valuble to me for its ability to connect the dots I've seen in the religions. And to do so with a story line that makes it enjoyable and esay to see how one conclusion leads to the next. It has also broadened my understanding of things I had thought I had a firm grasp on. Its a joy to read and a treasure to own.
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