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									Salvage: When Salvation Fails
Author: P.A. O'Rourke
Table of Contents


I -The Indictments

1. Words and illusions

2. Never Been Any Reason;

3. Losing My Religion

4. My God is Bigger

5. The Life is in The Blood

6. Influences

7. Brothers in Arms

8. Turn the Page

9. Hunger

10. A Grainy Picture

11. Metaphor

12. Mother Freedom

13. Tyranny

14. A Tool; A Puppet; A Soul; A Slave

15. Mars Attacks

16. Rock of Ages

II -The Bible

17. Policy of Truth

18. Another Theory

19. The Essene Connection

III Reflections

20. Dust in the Wind

21. The Time Warp

22. Magic Carpet Ride
23. Roundabout

24. God Put a Smile Upon Your Face

25. Stairway to Heaven

26. Living on a Prayer

27. Spirit in the Sky

28. Don’t Fear the Reaper

29. Born to be Alive!

Odds & Ends

Interpretational Pitfalls




Some Influences

Common mistakes in logic and rhetoric


Language Transformations


More Archaic English



Gods Name


The Book of Mormon

Lost books of the Bible

Grail Lore

Scribal Cryptology

Womyns Issues


Epicurean Theorem



Additional Reading

Salvage is filled with historical anecdotes, humor and personal experiences that illustrate its premise that
in the human religious equation, something cannot spontaneously spring from nothing. Furthermore, in
principle, and as long as it is not hurting others, God doesn’t mind that we pick and choose what we
believe. After all, it is built into the world that if we choose the painful way it isn’t God who pays the price
because it is we who will always reap what is sown!

Salvage is not for the righteous ‘one way’ believers but it is for true seekers; those unafraid to investigate
any belief including their own, without reactionary anger and a loss of faith. If a sign could be strategically
placed for believers regarding this book it would say “Keep Out”.

When it comes to belief, there have rarely been only two choices except in the minds of fanatics and
dogmatic literalists. Closing ones mind to other possibilities creates artificial limitations and mines the
path to enlightenment. Sometimes though, it is just plain bad habits that dictate our ways. Orthodoxy
tries to control the future and attempts to recreate the past to establish itself within a vacuum that makes
it hard for participants to freely draw a breath.

From the writers perspective, at some point there is only so much you can salvage from the inherent
limitations of doctrine and dogma. Therefore, starting with the holy writ we need a wider vision to see the
best possibilities for the future and we need a practical way to chart the course toward it. Hopefully
Salvage will offer something useful for the seekers journey.

Quite often when we read the authors notes and the preface of a book we want to see it is worth buying. I
used to get frustrated by those works of fiction and nonfiction that refused to let me in on a small piece of
the plot. I always assumed they expected me to buy it based on the risqué artwork or the searing title on 
the cover. I have been sorely disappointed on occasion when the author did not deliver on their enticing
lure. Therefore, I think it only fair that the reader know what I am trying to say and my reasons for saying

Salvage is about the literal religious interpretation of dogma and the problems that are inherent in a belief
based solely on the holy writ. It comes from personal experience. Yes it does criticize the Bible and as a
result it also incidentally makes reference to the Torah, the Qu’ran and the Book of Mormon because
they are all connected in one way or the other. I began writing it as a kind of personal therapy in an effort
to put all my issues with literalistic religion into perspective.

As it turns out, after I got over the my venting, I found pleasure in rewriting and editing the content in favor
of sounder arguments and a clearer more reasonable understanding. I noticed as the work and research
progressed that my reasons and the ways I expressed it changed over time. So much so that it required
several re-writes. I think this book shows my process. If you critique whatever the final product becomes I
will admit that my life changes are reflected in my writing style which also radically changed. But I didn’t
remove or rearrange those things that still made sense to me.

In this, the final synthesis, I want the reader to realize that I do not equate belief with faith. I repeatedly
emphasize this. Beliefs change, faith remains. Pluto isn’t even a Mickey-mouse planet anymore! What is
it now, a plantesimal…? When it comes to beliefs we take a lot of things for granted now that in future
times will seem laughable in retrospect.

People can and do change their ideas, beliefs and even to a certain extent, their motives. But in a serious
dichotomy some things never seem to change. Bad attitudes and shady motivations like those of
arrogance, greed, prejudice, bias, hatred, and ignorance steeped in a stubborn murderous willfulness,
these don’t seem to change at all! Their sinister styles, their excused rationales and the actual ways
these are expressed may change over time, but at their core the base motivations never vary one iota.
When these unhealthy inclinations are given the external religious stamp it just makes them more
enduring and lethal. It feeds the sick mind and has been known to poison the healthy one.

Hopefully Salvage will expand that middle ground, the place where healthy minds and generous hearts
meet in commonality and friendship. But I do not live in a dream world so I don’t have any great
expectations that this will come to pass within my lifetime, nor in many to come. I seriously doubt this
book will make a dent in any of the more stubborn hidebound religious views.
Author Bio
P.A. O'Rourke
My fathers’ ancestors came over from Northern France because of religious persecution in 1741 and
settled in the William Penn Land Grant. My fathers’ father was a logger and wildcatter. Grand Pappy had
a simple philosophy, “Never use a dull axe”. My mothers’ ancestors were French and Irish Catholics who
came over during the eighteen hundreds. Her fiery red-haired one-eyed peg-leg father retired from working
on the railroads in the sixties. I was named after them and it was later that I legally took on my current
nom de plume. <br/> <br><br><br/> My own secular employment has included (among other things)
sawmills, logging, quarryman, construction, carpenter, roofer, pipe-laying, heavy equipment operator,
assembly of automated packaging systems, boat building and airplane manufacturing. <br/>
<br><br><br/> A late baby-boomer, religion has always played a role in my life. I was baptized Catholic
as a baby and was considered a Catholic, sporadically attending Latin mass until I was seven years of
age when my living circumstances changed and I began attending the Baptist Church. During this time I
was a cub scout. Five years and four Vacation Bible Schools later, my life-circumstances changed again
and on my own (free of any real parental guidance) I began occasionally attending the Methodist Church.
For a couple of years I was also a boy scout.<br/> <br><br><br/> At fourteen my father met and later
married one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and as you can expect, I became one. I found it a hard row to hoe.
But I had one consistent prayer in the following years, “Lord, Give me wisdom and let me know the truth” 
which is probably why the road was occasionally difficult. Learning life’s lessons while immersed in a
literalistic religion can sometimes be painful.<br/> <br><br><br/> I am my own dichotomy. I believe in
God and faith but shy away from religion. I respect healthy atheism. I am caught in the fringe between
blue collar and white collar. Not easily bored, I love k

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