While Najmus Saquib earned his Ph D. in engineering, he is a philosopher at heart, with deep interests in literature, social dynamics and comparative religion. In God’s Facebook, Saquib sets out to show the evolution of God through the history of humanity, starting in early primitive times, and continuing up through the present and into the possible future. He does this partly with his own words, but also with quotes from many different sources, be they sacred texts, personal biographies, or even works of fiction. His goal is to show that with the many similarities in all religions, with how god is seen at the center, that people will see and understand this and feel that humanity is all one.
The book is divided up into chapters by time period, such as Chapter 3 – God is Born (250,000 to 2000 BC) or Chapter 4 – God Gives Us Religions (2000 to 1000 BC). In each chapter he covers that period in time with a short history of the religion and beliefs of the time, and what was changing. In every chapter there are numerous quotations from a variety of texts and people linked to the particular subject of that chapter. To break up the quotes, there are also “Coffee Breaks” and “Like” sections.
Saquib even addresses atheism in some chapters, though it doesn’t make much sense with the rest of the book, as the quotes are added in there as awkward pieces that don’t the puzzle of God’s Facebook. What feels missing from the book is a clear message. If Saquib is hoping to link humanity with just the quotes alone, that is not enough. It does show some of the numerous similarities with many religions, but as is true with many people of faith, they need guidance, and there seems little of it in God’s Facebook.
Originally written on February 13, 2013 ©Alex C. Telander.
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