The book begins:
"Recently, there was a report of a young ten-or-eleven year old boy, who, after being exposed to continuing newspaper and television reports about the fighting going on all over the Middle East, involving Christians, Muslims and Jews, remarked:
"Maybe we need a new religion."
This is a book about that new religion - the SGI, or Soka Gakkai International, the largest Buddhist lay organization in the world now, with 12,000,000 members in 192 countries and territories - and it is also the story of the personal odyssey and transformation the author experiences as he first encounters this new philosophy and then experiences tremendous changes unfolding in his life.
It is the story also of the spiritual dilemma mankind finds itself in at the present moment in history.
The author writes:
"We are coming into a time when it is becoming more and more obvious that unless we find a new way of relating to each other, of showing respect to the human family and the planet on which we live, we are doomed as a species. The presence of nuclear weapons and global warming attest to the power we currently have to actually destroy ourselves and to desecrate the Earth.
"If a new religion is coming, it must have the power to finally connect peoples' hearts around the globe. We appear to be moving inexorably - though not without resistance - in the direction of a new global civilization;
"Maybe We Need a New Religion" is the ninth non-fiction work by the author. His other titles cover a broad array of subjects - "A New Myth for America"; "The New Superpower"; "Handbook for Youth in a Muddied Age"; "The Buddha and the Dream of America"; "Forever Here"; "Poems of Death: Time for Eternity"; "The Great New Emerging Civilization";
All of his titles are now available in e-book format through Apple iBooks at https://itunes.apple.com/
For more information, visit James Hilgendorf's website at http://www.jameshilgendorf.org.