Announcing The Release of “Born Again To Rebirth”

Hello Disinfonauts! It is with great pleasure that I tell you my second book, Born Again To Rebirth is available.

Graham Hancock has this to say about it:

“Gabriel D. Roberts is a writer to watch and in Born Again to Rebirth he shows us why. This is a terrific book at many levels. Part searing indictment of the born-again Christian establishment by a former insider, part revelation of a personal journey into and out of hell, part surgical exposé of the hidden roots of the hatred, fear and suspicion that divide our world, part return to the source in the understanding that unconditional love, unconditional forgiveness and a willingness to seek the truth without compromise are the only real signposts on our path to self-redemption. As an added bonus it’s a good read! Roberts uses language beautifully with no wasted words. I raced through Born Again to Rebirth in a sitting and I predict you’ll do the same. ”

Available in all major formats; I hope you will consider purchasing my book here.
Here’s a reading from the chapter, “Exodus”.

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  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    I’d probably find this book interesting. I have met some people who went from being an evangelical to a more liberal mainline Christian. They seem the most well adjusted out of all the former evangelicals I’ve met. The rest were militant atheists and people who dabbled in this and that, ended up in cults, left the cults but never found any other group to their liking.

    I’m skeptical that I can find the same sense of community in a New Age/esoteric type group as in a church. Its all based on people trying to make a career out of selling products and books. No one really knows where they stand. Too many people think they will be the next big guru. Its more like being a consumer.

    Churches are just so mundane. Its the old stand by. You just go there, there is an established protocol. After a while you get to know people, they have book groups, etc. Most people are just normal. They aren’t training to be a guru, or dress weird or adopt strange airs. You just put money in the offering plate.

    I found a nice Presbyterian Church when I lived in the Adirondacks. Most of the people are liberal, but not crazy liberal, but you know, like democrats. The Pastor makes references and allusions to other writings, besides just the Bible.

    Christmas time there feels familiar instead of alien. What I mean is, I went to a Solstice celebration and the people were nice, but I had no cultural context for it. In a Church its just Christmas.

    I’ll probably look for one again now that I have moved again. Congregationalist maybe.

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    Evangelical Christianity is definitely cult like. Here are the things I find the most objectionable about it:
    1.Hell
    2.Biblical Literalism that leads to rejection of Scientific facts.
    3. Anti-sex
    4.Worship of the State/military
    5.insularity i.e. lack of engagement with the greater culture such as the arts.

    One thing I found out though is that the political structure of the church, in the case of independent churches, with a democratic congregational polity, mitigates against cult leader/guru type Pastors. It happens but not to the degree of a lot of other cult like groups.

    Pastors get voted out of churches all the time. So really the “brainwashing” if you want to call it that goes pretty deep and is also pretty diffuse and not a top down thing. Its a culture basically. The congregation knows what it believes and wants a Pastor to to continue to teach it.

    A lot of other groups that are called cults, are led by a Charismatic leader that often makes things up as he goes a long. To me it seems like Churches over time developed something like an immune system.

    In the case of Evangelicalism/Fundamentalism, what happened historically is, Materialists, basically, coming out of German Seminaries. taught in the pulpit of Mainline Churches and kind of tried to use churchy language to teach Liberal theology, basically secular humanism.

    So the Congregations got wise to it and split off and formed new Fundamentalist denominations. They are basically “Protestant Protestants”The trajectory of Pentecostalism was a bit different, but they ended up in a similar place, under the broader heading of “Evangelicalism”

    Because of this history of protestantism, the congregations are actually pretty democratic and independent. Its really not as hierarchical as an outsider might think, though it is generally male dominated, though some Pentecostals have woman pastors.

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    Well anyway, I was hoping a discussion would get going on this thread. But in essence, I have a very similar experience to yours, Gabriel. Except I grew up Episcopalian and got “saved” later as an adult while serving in the Army. I later went to Bible College and married, got involved in ministry, dropped out due to marital difficulties and later was excommunicated for questioning Young Earth Creationism.

    Maybe I was better off as an Episcopalian. The Liberal Mainline churches do often seem, less fervent and more wishy washy. In the Army I was living awash in drunken debauchery and violence. It was depressiong to me really.This Southern Baptist dude befriended me. He seemed like a light in a dark place. I still think he actually was. But nonetheless, I ran into a lot of stifling problems as an Evangelical and was later rejected by them and then rejected them back.

    The Occult is pretty sexy, and so are Eastern Religions to a Westerner. Once the Novelty wore off, in my case, anyway, you are faced with a lot of the same problems. I think people need community, but they tend to become cult like.

    Its tough to find the right balance between belongingness, spiritual guidence and freedom and individuality. As an atomized member of Mass Society, there is manipulation going on also.

    I was lost

    Then found

    Then felt like I was in a cage

    I freed myself

    and then i was lost again

    Its not quite that depression though. I feel like along the way I have picked up a few gems of wisdom, mostly from the Bhagavad Gita and the Tao te ching. In light of some passages, I feel like my time as a Christian wasn’t a waste and that therefore I have no reason to believe its a waste for other Christians that never left the fold. Also I think Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, various esotericists etc. are benefitting from their Spiritual path as well.