This review is from: The Shaping Spirit (Hardcover)
Jidi Adefope, The Shaping Spirit
Jide Adefope's wide-ranging study of the human spirit is something of a cri de coeur to non-believers. In the author's attempt to embrace religion, science and politics the author leaves himself open to the charge of populism, and even superficiality. For this is a book for the layman, one without those infuriating end notes that burden more in-depth studies.
However, behind his investigation of man's genetic and racial inheritance, the reader is aware of that spectral Creator who is under considerable attack in contemporary thinking. In fact, after having all but disposed of the anthropomorphic deity of former centuries, Adefope invokes that very ghost: 'God created His wonderful work of Creation out of His Living Power.' This reads like nonsense and betrays the author's earlier objective and illuminating study of man the clever animal who is burdened with scientific knowledge.
Further departures from contemporary thinking occur when the author introduces four laws (or as he prefers it Laws)that are treated as universal truths. Deriving from the author's guru Abd-ru-shin (ie Oskar Ernst Bernhardt 1875-1941)these three basic laws, we are told, 'gear into each other in the perfect mechanism of the entire Creation.' They are the Law of Attraction of Homogenous Species, the Law of Reciprocal Action, and the Law of Gravity.' Adefope explains how these laws work at some length and few would dispute his argument for their efficacy as moral precepts. But laws they are not.
It is unusual today to find a thoughtful and generally fluently written book that unashamedly invokes the Creation,yet this author, while sceptical about Big Bang theory,embraces anthropology, cosmology, bio-chemistry and quantum physics. Underpinning the universe, according to the author, is the Creator, not seen as an impersonal manic force but, strangely and incongruously, as a divine and purposeful presence. Many today may wish they could share that optimism.