Truth and Consequences
by Ralph E. Carlson

"Instead of attempting to answer the question concerning the existence of God, there is another approach which involves transforming the question into a proposition. A proposition is a statement that is either true or false. There is no middle ground."

Retired scientist Ralph Carlson has composed a short but compelling view of the logic of religion. In Truth and Consequences, he examines the significant question "Does God exist?" by restating it: Either God (an infinite, intelligent entity) exists, or does not. If this IIE exists, then there are logical consequences: The IIE created life on our planet, and there is a life after death. Based on Biblical evidence, Jesus Christ may have existed, and if so, this also produces a series of consequences. Moving through these propositions and quoting many sources, including writings of atheistic as well as religious thinkers, Carlson comes to a conclusion that those who believe that there is an IIE will also agree with the idea that God is currently speaking to America. The message, according to Carlson, is “repent or face future destruction.” He strongly suggests that the events of 9/11 were a warning from God, just as the attack on Israel in 723 BC was God’s warning to Israel, basing this thesis on Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s novel, The Harbinger.

By couching arguments in the language of logic and science, Carlson builds his case while sticking to “if” statements throughout. His carefully crafted book may appeal to those who aren’t generally religious, but who may be swayed by his debating points. The possible weakness in his reasoning is the exact correlation between the events of 723 BC as recorded in the Old Testament, and the events of September 11, 2001, a notion that seems to stem from Carlson’s admiration for Rabbi Cahn’s fictional viewpoint. Truth and Consequences is thoughtfully crafted and may convince those who would not usually take to heart religious assertions about the existence of God.

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