Reason’s Fifth Dawning

by Alan Jeskin

Verdict: Philosophically, Alan Jeskin makes his point that religion is outmoded without demonizing religious figures. Much like beauty, the plausibility of the work is primarily in the eye of the beholder. Those readers seeking a strident, purposeful, well-reasoned book that ends with ninety percent of the world casting off their religious faith will do well to read REASON'S FIFTH DAWNING.

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3.0

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REASON’S FIFTH DAWNING is a fictional tale of fighter pilot-turned MBA Eric Noble who writes a wildly popular book debunking the tenets of religious faith. The book and its subsequent blockbuster film adaptation manage to “deconvert” billions around the world from irrational religious faith to humanistic, secular reason.

Alan Jeskin’s prose is very straightforward and clear, which is both an advantage and a potential deterrent. At times, the book feels less like an artistic exploration of humanity, and more like a very long instructional manual. Jeskin has populated the book with intriguing and nuanced characters including a spiritually conflicted pastor and Rich Whitmore, a successful investment fund manager. However, the strident pacing and densely detailed passages, especially those about the inner workings of the economic collapse, are well-written but emotionally vacant. While these scenes are included as a way of demonstrating the protagonist’s skill and qualifications for debunking complex religious theory, the book would be stronger if these sections were less technical, and more emotionally engaging. In many cases, less is more. As the pastor notes, “I was a born-again Christian for 40 years, and a pastor for ten. It only took two Mel Gibson movies to end my religion, and they weren’t even designed to do that.”

Philosophically, Alan Jeskin makes his point that religion is outmoded without demonizing religious figures. Much like beauty, the plausibility of the work is primarily in the eye of the beholder. Those readers seeking a strident, purposeful, well-reasoned book that ends with ninety percent of the world casting off their religious faith will do well to read REASON’S FIFTH DAWNING.

Reviewed by Julia Lai for IndieReader.

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