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Izak Botha is a perpetual student of life, a former artist, athlete, principal performer with the Cape Town City Ballet, counselor, architect, media entrepreneur, successful litigator versus national corporations, and now author of three titles: Homo Angelicansis, Angelicals Reviewed, and Blood Symbols, which made Semi Finalist in Publishers Weekly’s Book Life Prize 2017.

Professor George Claassen of Sceptic South Africa evaluates Botha’s writing as “a crucial analysis of evolutionary thinking that deserves to be read with care”, while Todd Mercer of Foreword Clarion Reviews applauds for its “inquiry and line of logic that seem beyond the merely plausible—it is urgently imperative.”

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Izak Botha Blood Symbols, a religious conspiracy thriller, arose from an unresolved issue in my dissertation on spirituality, Homo Angelicansis: Spiritual…moreBlood Symbols, a religious conspiracy thriller, arose from an unresolved issue in my dissertation on spirituality, Homo Angelicansis: Spiritual Anthropology and the Evolution of the Soul. Quite a title, I know, but it does explain what the book is about. And yes, it is not an easy read—hence a rewrite, which I published earlier this year, Angelicals Reviewed.

The first half of Homo Angelicansis summarizes the disciplines that have focused on spirituality and the soul since the urbanization of humanity nearly ten thousand years ago: a time when humanity began to record its history. Of these four disciplines: religion, esoteric occultism, philosophy, and science (neurosciences in particular), the last two have discarded the notion of soul, while the credibility of the first two rests solely on belief—something I cannot do.

Much of my research includes the views of great thinkers, some of whom have set the tone within their respective fields. Perhaps the most influential trendsetter of the Christian ethic is self-appointed apostle Paul, from Tarsus, Turkey. Comprising 13 books, the greatest part of the New Testament is the Epistles of Paul, which have for centuries greatly influenced Christian thought and behavior. As a founding father of the world’s greatest religion, one would expect Paul to understand spirituality. Sadly, that seems not to be the case.

In a classification known as trichotomy, Paul in his Epistle to the Thessalonians, describes the perfect human as having a threefold constitution of body, soul, and spirit. Paul’s concept of a three-way division is endorsed by the Holy Roman Catholic Church and adopted by millions of Catholics and other Christians. But Paul’s viewpoint is distinctly different from that of Jesus. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus is recorded as saying the first great commandment is that you love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. For Jesus, mind takes precedence over spirit. Mind and spirit are clearly different, so both cannot be right. But if Jesus is indeed the Son of God, man as God incarnate, surely His teaching should take precedence over Paul’s, but it does not. The paradox can be explained, but the outcome is far-reaching.

Blood Symbols examines the mystery surrounding Paul’s part in the origin of the gentile faith, as well as the clandestine role of Imperial Rome in the rise of Catholic Christianity. What I found blew my mind. And now, in reading the book, I hope it will do the same for you.(less)
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“Wisdom is applied knowledge.”
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“Faith is the measure of one’s ignorance. That’s all. And it certainly is no substitute for reason.”
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“Spirituality is not a religion but a destiny. That destiny is nothing to do with faith or belief in a supernatural hereafter. At the core of its being, Life is driven by the need for survival—the primeval spirit. An evolutionary soul could be the answer to its dilemma.”
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“Religions build theories about the world and then prevent them from being tested. Religions provide nice, appealing, and comforting ideas, and cloak them in a mask of “truth, beauty, and goodness.” The theories can then thrive despite being untrue, ugly, or cruel. In the end, there is no ultimate truth to be found and locked up forever, but there are truthful theories and better or worse predictions. I do defend the idea that science, at its best, is more truthful than religion.”
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