Religious Symbols

the Soul of One God
and a Universal Metaphysical Vehicle of Peace

by Samuel Stuart Maynes

Samuel Stuart Maynes ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Samuel Stuart Maynes is a retired professional engineer, born in Canada, and currently living near Vancouver, B.C.

"My father was only nominally a Protestant, and my mother a lapsed Catholic. Thus I grew up with no particular religious bias, and my formal training and career was entirely in applied science.

Having been mercifully spared a dogmatic religious upbringing and any traditional formal education in philosophy and theology, I filled the gaps in my understanding almost entirely through copious reading. Then, when I retired, I set out to study the validity of various religious beliefs, and proofs for and against the existence of God.

Discovering that no less an authority than Immanuel Kant maintained that contradictions such as God and Not-God (theology and physics) may both be true in different respects, it became obvious to me that their synthesis in a consummation of religion and science would be the logical third coordinate of a metaphysical version of the Trinity. Searching for that mysterious coordinate, I began to notice that the psychology of Trinity maps directly onto the world religions; and the human soul may also be modeled on the Trinity, as it's 'only adequate metaphysical vehicle.'

Religious Pluralism and the Trinity Absolute - the Soul of One God did not come as a revelation, but from many years of concentrated research, and constant rewriting to flesh out the argument and explore the implications. However, I must admit that along the way, the subject I set out to study swallowed me, and I became convinced that all major religions are just different views of the same God. I can only hope that if you read it, you'll see why.

Please give this religious pluralist "vehicle for peace" a chance? I think you'll find it a rational intuitive construct, if not an incipient social discovery of something that has always been there, in the threefold nature of One God - the first axiom of systematic unity.

My earlier readings of Dr. William Sadler's Urantia Book, Carlos Castaneda's Books, and Jane Robert's Seth Books were seminal to my "constructive understanding," but Plato and Immanuel Kant remain my greatest influences.

God knows how many drafts this book has undergone, but I am not ashamed to admit that it is still a work in progress, so please give me your comments."