The Oxbow Revelation

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25 days in a life . . .

It's 1975 and high school student Paul Roberts has recently left his
church. He struggles to find a morality based upon something more than
common belief or personal opinion. Then he becomes engaged in a series
of conversations with a co-worker. Soon they have embarked upon a
journey that neither had imagined possible.

"...The Oxbow Revelation reads like Zen and the Art of Motorcycle
Maintenance crossed with East of Eden, with shades of American Graffiti
as its backdrop." "... A serious, mysterious and sometimes sexy book
about finding morality."

Interwoven with humorous episodes of cruising the main drag and poignant
stories of first love, Paul and his co-worker consider how the
practical application of philosophical realism can guide human values.

Originally poised to ignore the fact that their descriptions of realism
also mirror the attributes of God, their examples keep echoing other
religious stories, East and West. The mystery compounds until they can
even understand the "virgin birth" through the eyes of realism.

"Religious philosophy for the common man. You can focus on reason,
ignoring every religious reference within the book, and the self-evident
values remain. But don't ignore too much; this is cutting-edge
religious scholarship." " opening salvo for a new religious

A compelling look at religion beyond belief.


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About the author

Born in 1958, Paul Gibson lives with his wife in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He studied philosophy at the University of Utah; has been a teacher and
small business owner.
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Sep 3, 2009
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Fiction / Coming of Age
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 This is a book about viewpoint.

Point of view can be physical, “I am facing south while you are facing north”.

Point of view can be rational, “I see this idea as true while your idea is false”.

Have two people stand back to back in strange surroundings and each will
ask the other what they see and will listen very carefully for the
information that can be gleaned from each other's replies.

Curiously, once we stand side by side, we begin to find some disagreement with each other. We might not disagree so much with what is viewed as with how
things are viewed. Yet we can still discuss differences in physical
viewpoint without viewpoint itself getting in its own way. But this is
not the case with rational viewpoints.

We tend to argue our rational viewpoints to our deaths and pursue the
deaths of others who dare see differently. We have little if any real
regard for the value of information contained within other rational
views. We call this conviction. We praise our steadfastness and laud
these beliefs as though they reveal something other than ignorance
beyond personal perspective. Yet, since God also seems to exist beyond
physical perspective, what might we inadvertently devalue through our
convictions? Yes, our values have religious implications that our
beliefs conspire to conceal.

Here I present the basics of realism and show how realism influences our
psychology, informs our values, and reveals a path forward that avoids
the pitfalls of belief.

It is my hope that we can learn to stand side by side while valuing back to back views.
Vividly imagined, stunningly prophetic, and epic in scope, The Diamond Age is a major novel from one of the most visionary writers of our time

Decades into our future, a stone’s throw from the ancient city of Shanghai, a brilliant nanotechnologist named John Percival Hackworth has just broken the rigorous moral code of his tribe, the powerful neo-Victorians. He's made an illicit copy of a state-of-the-art interactive device called A Young Ladys Illustrated Primer  Commissioned by an eccentric duke for his grandchild, stolen for Hackworth's own daughter, the Primer’s purpose is to educate and raise a girl capable of thinking for herself. It performs its function superbly. Unfortunately for Hackworth, his smuggled copy has fallen into the wrong hands.

Young Nell and her brother Harv are thetes—members of the poor, tribeless class.  Neglected by their mother, Harv looks after Nell.  When he and his gang waylay a certain neo-Victorian—John Percival Hackworth—in the seamy streets of their neighborhood, Harv brings Nell something special: the Primer.

Following the discovery of his crime, Hackworth begins an odyssey of his own. Expelled from the neo-Victorian paradise, squeezed by agents of Protocol Enforcement on one side and a Mandarin underworld crime lord on the other, he searches for an elusive figure known as the Alchemist.  His quest and Nell’s will ultimately lead them to another seeker whose fate is bound up with the Primer—a woman who holds the key to a vast, subversive information network that is destined to decode and reprogram the future of humanity.
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