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Monotheism, the route to disharmony, divisions and conflict-bookcover

By: John Brooke

Monotheism, the route to disharmony, divisions and conflict

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During the era of the great civilizations of antiquity, the polytheistic religions considered it their sacred duty to maintain justice, order and equilibrium for all that was living: man, the animals and the plants, without which life was not possible.By contrast, with the coming of the monotheistic religions it is the worship and adoration of the unique deity and the faith in the dogmas purported to him that have an importance above all other considerations.As each monotheism believes that it is only their deity who is unique and that it is only he who is the source of all truth, the risk of conflict between those who hold a contrary view is ever present.The multiplicity of gods and the absence of dogmas had assured that religion was not a reason for conflict at the time of the polytheistic civilizations of antiquity.

Dr John Brooke was born in 1942. His father, serving in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, survived thirty missions over occupied Europe and participated at D-Day, and the liberation of France. His mother was an ardent spiritualist.

Educated at an early age by the Catholic order, the De La Salle Brothers, he obtained the prize for catechism with a mark of 100% before being awarded a choral scholarship at Magdalen College School, Oxford, where he was active in music and the theatre; playing the lead role in Shakespeare’s King in Henry IV part two and sharing the post of school organist and the prize for the organ.

He studied medicine at Edinburgh University also obtaining, an honours degree in Pharmacology.

Now retired after nearly half a century of medical practice in the United Kingdom, France and latterly Chad with Médecins Sans Frontières, he has returned to his studies of the organ, particularly the works of J S Bach and has given recitals in Europe and Australia.

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