Comparitive Religious Study
The Oracle Foundation Trilogy
The Oracle Press is producing a foundational trilogy - The Truth, The Love, and The Light - to support the core mission of The Oracle Institute: To help people of sincere faith clearly understand the controlling doctrine and divisive politics of orthodox religion move toward a more fulfilling and rewarding belief system built upon spiritual evolution and enlightenment. In addition, we believe that the world needs a major shift into a new Spiritual Paradigm.
Book I - The Truth: About the Five Primary Religions
The Truth is the award-winning first book in the Oracle foundational trilogy. It presents a summary of the divine messages sent to us by God through the Prophets. When studied successively, these spiritual lessons form a Tower of Truth that should not be broken or interpreted along sectarian lines. Instead, these Truths should be assimilated into a contemporary spiritual and scientific database and shared by everyone, regardless of religious affiliation.
The Truth explores the five primary religions that evolved after the Prophets died: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, to determine whether these manmade religions have remained faithful to the Truth, including the primordial Truth that God is half masculine and half feminine energy. The Truth reveals that mankind has built a Tower of Babel. Moreover, these now ancient religions have polarized humanity and brought us to the brink of World War III. Tragically, fundamentalism is a direct result of the divisive practices perpetuated by religious leaders who seem more intent on preserving power than leading us toward enlightenment.
Book II - The Love: Of the Fifth Spiritual Paradigm
The Love is a thought-provoking anthology narrated by Laurel and containing over 70 new and classic selections from best-selling authors and Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Maya Angelou, Wendell Berry, Maxine Hong Kingston, Bill McKibben, Barbara Hand Clow, David Suzuki, Stephen Dunn, Madeleine L’Engle, Alex Grey, Gandhi, Susan McElroy, Henry Reed, Sharon Olds, Kabir, Brian McLaren, Margaret Starbird, Andrew Cohen, and Rumi.
The Love reminds us of the core message relayed by all of God’s prophets: Love is the Way. Once again, Laurel does not offer a definitive belief system. She merely underscores an obvious conclusion: The sectarian strife of orthodox religion will never lead us into the prophesied New Millennium or Fifth Spiritual Paradigm. Therefore, until a contemporary theology emerges which is capable of uniting humanity, the only rational path for our continued physical survival and spiritual evolution is the simple yet elusive religion of Love.
Featured Author - Valerie Tarico, Ph.D.
Valerie Tarico is a psychologist and former director of the Children's Behavior and Learning Clinic in Bellevue, Washington. Her articles can be found regularly in the Green and Religion sections of the Huffington Post. She is the founder of www.WisdomCommons.org, an interactive library of quotes, stories, proverbs and poems that showcase humanity's shared moral core.
A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light
by Valerie Tarico, Ph.D.
Most Christians earnestly strive to worship God and follow the example of Christ. But a belief that the Bible is literally true can put them in the odd position of defending falsehood, bigotry, and even violence. Is the Good Book even “good,” given its historical inaccuracies, scientific impossibilities, and moral contradictions? Trusting Doubt offers alternative explanations that are compatible with contemporary Christianity and provide a harmonious path to God based on logic and love.
Raised and educated in an evangelical environment, author Valerie Tarico speaks as a former “insider.” As such, she has identified the myriad issues that eroded her identity as a born-again believer and finally convinced her to trust her own doubt. Tarico holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa, and she is a journalist for the Huffington Post and exChrsitain.net, where she writes about moral development, the psychology of belief, and wisdom convergence.