The Last Faith
A book by an atheist believer
by Karmak Bagisbayev
Pub Date 31 Dec 2016
Readers' Favorite 2017 International Book Awards Winner
What is the unique and most important feature that distinguishes man from all other living beings?
Why is it that, contrary to the instinct of self-preservation, a parent will throw themselves headlong into fire or water to save their child?
Why do people get married and why do they get divorced? Why do people have extra-marital affairs and why do two people in a couple become jealous of one another? What is Love?
When and why did the type of sex emerge among human beings that is free of any reproductive function?
Why are the social and behavioural distinctions between men and women being rapidly erased?
Why, despite everything, is the world becoming more tolerant than it was in previous centuries?
People are born with different intellectual, spiritual and physical capabilities. So why do we assert that all people are equal?
Can the world without violence exist? If not, under what circumstances and to what kind of violence does man have a right? Wherein lies the origin of this right?
Where is the root of our morality? Why do our moral values change over time? Do absolute moral values exist?
Why has Man, on the whole, never observed (or perhaps is incapable of observing) a set of various religious commandments? Should we observe them? Are they the decree of God?
By which “commandments” do we really live our lives and is it possible to formulate them in such a way that we could realistically observe them?
What is Good? And what is Evil? Is there a simple criterion by which one may distinguish Good from Evil?
In which direction is humanity evolving and is it governed by some universal law?
Is there any meaning to life?
Is it possible to give a clear and straightforward answer to all these questions?
It is, in fact, possible!
The Last Faith: A book by an atheist believer provides a clear and scientifically elegant answer to all the questions listed above. The answer which will cause the reader to reconsider many established moral principles and notions about the world around us. The answer which will help the reader to understand the nature of human actions, dilemmas, dramas and passions, in their true light. The answer which will elucidate the current stage in the development of human civilisation and offer unexpected predictions for its future.
The book is aimed at a wide audience and does not require any specialised knowledge. The author’s thoughts and reflections are presented here in the form of a fictional conversation with God which unfolds over the course of just two hundred pages. The author (who has a PhD in Physics and Mathematics) gives clear and concise explanations and evidence for his ideas. He cites abundant examples from the world around us, which are drawn from his extensive travels through Russia, America, Europe, Africa and Central Asia.
All this makes for an accessible and enjoyable read.
"A writer tries to answer all of life's mysteries by having a Socratic dialogue with God in this debut philosophical work. As translated from the original Russian by Joanna Dobson, the conversations between God and the protagonist rely heavily on wordplay, engaging rhetorical strategies, and a dry sense of humor that helps to ground the lofty subject matter. This ambitious book's unique structure offers some unusual, intriguing moments." - Kirkus Review
"The Last Faith: A Book by An Atheist Believer by Karmak Bagisbayev asks a lot of difficult questions about life and its elusive meaning. This 192-page book is all encompassing and provocative and it sure will make readers think again about their beliefs in life. Bravely going against many of the established moral principles of popular world religions, this book is definitely an intriguing read. It will perhaps raise some eyebrows but on the other hand, anyone with a critical mind will be drawn to The Last Faith. Surprisingly an easy read, it comes out as one curious man's conversation with God Himself. Karmak Bagisbayev has a PhD in Physics and Mathematics, so he also presents explanations and evidence to support all his ideas, just like scientists do. And he is definitely very convincing!" - Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
"Karmak Bagisbayev's The Last Faith, translated by Joanna Dobson, is a highly personal philosophical conversation with God that works to address large questions: freedom of choice versus fate, good versus evil, whether God intervenes in life on earth, and why human beings are here. It is entertaining and thought-provoking in equal measure." - Foreword Clarion Reviews
"From an early age, author Karmak Bagisbayev has pondered the purpose of human life. In this book, he presents his ideas cast in the form of a dialogue between the author and an unconventional God. His book will be an entertaining read for the philosophically minded, with many wry and surprising solutions to the questions he poses." - Blue Ink Review