The Oxbow Revelation

PAUL GIBSON
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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." "...an opening salvo for a new religious
realism."



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.
You can contact the author through
TheOxbowRevelation.com
or
WisdomsHidingPlace.com
or
PaulRGibson.com

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Publisher
PAUL GIBSON
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Published on
Sep 3, 2009
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Pages
173
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ISBN
9781257273768
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
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Content Protection
This content is DRM free.
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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.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The stunning conclusion to Robin Hobb’s Fitz and the Fool trilogy, which began with Fool’s Assassin and Fool’s Quest

“Every new Robin Hobb novel is a cause for celebration. Along with millions of her other fans, I delight in every visit to the Six Duchies, the Rain Wilds, and the Out Islands, and can’t wait to see where she’ll take me next.”—George R. R. Martin 

More than twenty years ago, the first epic fantasy novel featuring FitzChivalry Farseer and his mysterious, often maddening friend the Fool struck like a bolt of brilliant lightning. Now New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb brings to a momentous close the third trilogy featuring these beloved characters in a novel of unsurpassed artistry that is sure to endure as one of the great masterworks of the genre.

Fitz’s young daughter, Bee, has been kidnapped by the Servants, a secret society whose members not only dream of possible futures but use their prophecies to add to their wealth and influence. Bee plays a crucial part in these dreams—but just what part remains uncertain.

As Bee is dragged by her sadistic captors across half the world, Fitz and the Fool, believing her dead, embark on a mission of revenge that will take them to the distant island where the Servants reside—a place the Fool once called home and later called prison. It was a hell the Fool escaped, maimed and blinded, swearing never to return.

For all his injuries, however, the Fool is not as helpless as he seems. He is a dreamer too, able to shape the future. And though Fitz is no longer the peerless assassin of his youth, he remains a man to be reckoned with—deadly with blades and poison, and adept in Farseer magic. And their goal is simple: to make sure not a single Servant survives their scourge.
 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.
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