The System of Nature in the 21st Century
Independently Published (2021)
Reviewed by Chelsy Scherba for Reader Views (09/21)
“The System of Nature in the 21st Century” by Bob Almada seeks to direct readers to abandon false theological doctrines and pursue righteousness through science, logic, and intellect. By examining nature, we can discover why there is so much suffering and corruption in the world and finally, return to our natural selves: inherently good individuals who will be happiest if we do good for others as well as ourselves.
I have mixed feelings about this book simply because I could not agree with everything the author proposed. Still, I did like the philosophical tone, interesting examination of nature, and his approach to explaining how people in high places use religion and politics to create discord among the masses so they’re easily controlled. He explained how humanity has gone against nature, and clearly shows us what our true nature is, which I really enjoyed. He also made some interesting claims about the soul being physical and not separate from ourselves, which was honestly kind of fascinating to me. I think the book would have been much stronger had he focused more on these universal truths and premises.
Instead, he took a very acidic approach to religion (which I don’t necessarily disagree with) and, in particular, people of faith (I do disagree). He very adamantly pushes for an atheistic view of truth and reality, dismissing spirituality as mere delusions and the contrived fantasies of warped minds. So much of the book centers on disproving God (or gods if you’re so inclined), that I honestly had a difficult time. I can respect his opinion, but I definitely do not agree, based on my own personal experience. After graduating college, I was just as angry and infuriated about religion as the author appears to be, and in that state, this book would have validated my arrogant opinion that I was smarter than 100% of the believing world. I now know much better, which is why I can’t recommend this book to people of faith unless your conviction is strong enough to withstand the assault; although, people who blindly follow ritualistic religions could possibly benefit by seeing how leaders have used religion to manipulate.
The author maintains that belief in God and a world beyond our own creates selfish people who only focus on what they can gain in this world no matter what it costs, foments unhappiness, and unwarranted fear of damnation. I don’t disagree with these claims entirely. Much of what he said about religion, I do see to be objectively true. But to claim there is no spiritual realm, and therefore no God, was too extreme.
Overall, I didn’t agree with everything the author wrote, but objectively, this is a solid book. I feel people who enjoy following Richard Dawkins will likewise find agreement in the similar sentiments and beliefs of this author. The author does not mince words when it comes to faith and religion, so be warned if you plan to read this book as a believer. I also liked that the author provided solutions through nature to promote health, happiness, and peace amongst humanity. Had the book stayed more centered on these positive aspects of nature and how to harness its benefits, I would have found much less to criticize. If you’re looking for an eloquently written, philosophical book about nature, you will certainly enjoy the portions of this book that focus extensively on that.