MANCHESTER, England, Aug. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Forgotten Word" is author Sam Jane Brown's first novel, and it has already garnered a large following because of the topical religious themes in the book including the question, "Will Jesus Christ return as a young woman?"
This fascinating new book explores what role religion has to play in our society. Looking at recent headlines concerning the possibility of the United Nations banning religion, and other religious resolutions being passed by the U.N. General Assembly, the connections to the words in her book become almost prophetic.
According to the U.N. Website, "Religious leaders have a pivotal role to play in times of turmoil, during which they can provide a values-based glue to hold communities together and provide common ground for peace-making and problem solving," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a conference in Kazakhstan.
"You can do so by fostering dialogue; by using spiritual authority to encourage individuals to act humanely; and by promoting shared values – as enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – and as reflected in the teachings of all world religions," Mr. Ban said in his remarks to the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, held in Astana.
According to The Guardian, Tony Blair, reacting to the recent threat of ISIS warned Britian needed to be prepared to join the fight against the terrorists. He also supports a measure in the U.N. that is primarily aimed at tackling a terrorist threat posed by the Islamic State. But detractors fear it can come at the expense of limiting other religious activities.
In the synopsis from the "Forgotten Word" website (http://www.samjanebrown.com), "Zena McGrath is a detective working for an International Police Organization. A routine day is turned upside down when she receives a call from her boss in the New York office."
A number of Catholic Priests have died in mysterious circumstances. The Vatican authorities claim the deaths are due to natural causes. Zena she must fly to Rome and meet a high-ranking Vatican Priest to discuss the case.
When Zena arrives at the Vatican she is greeted by Cardinal Donatello, a mysterious figure who has responsibility for training priests in the secretive and highly dangerous art of Exorcism. He reveals to Zena that the Priests who have died were all Exorcists and takes her on a shocking visit to see a Priest who is possessed by evil spirits.
Zena later finds a sort of "New World Order," in the religious community. A model unlike the current U.N. and the changes being accelerated by groups like ISIS.
In his opening remarks to a dialogue to promote peace and prosperity in turbulent times – which echoed the UN General Assembly thematic debate on "Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation" held in April – the Secretary-General reminded religious leaders, both traditional and non-traditional, of their obligation to speak out when "so-called adherents of their faith" commit crimes in its name.
Mr. Ban emphasized, "All...crimes committed in the name of religion are crimes against religion," he stressed, condemning the atrocities committed by Da'esh, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, Al Qaeda and "other sectarian and terrorist groups."
The Guardian stated that Blair wrote: "This Islamism – a politicisation of religion to an intense and all-encompassing degree – is not confined to a fringe. It is an ideology (and a theology derived from Salafist thinking) taught and preached every day to millions, actually to tens of millions, in some mosques, certain madrassas, and in formal and informal education systems the world over ... The truth is that Islamism, unless fundamentally reformed, is incompatible with modern economies and open-minded, religiously pluralistic societies."
"Forgotten Word" also delves into the theory, "Will Jesus Christ return as a woman." According to the Home Church Network Association (HCNA), the possibility is found in the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and in other New Testament passages. In the gospels we read, "When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven" (Mark 12.25).
Some theologians have postulated that this passage suggests that in the resurrection, that is, after the second coming of Christ and after the dead in Christ have risen again, that the resurrection body will have no gender, the HCNA stated on their website. Executive Producer "Kim Sheroff" is working with Brown to bring "Forgotten Word" to a feature film. To learn more about author please visit: www.samjanebrown.com
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