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Kinver man publishes book questioning existence of God
3:59pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Local
A KINVER man has published his debut novel - a controversial book examining life’s big issues and questioning the existence of God.
It took Burt Flannery just one year to research and write What’s God Got to Do With It?
The 69-year-old married father of one embarked on the project after retiring when a knee injury prevented him from playing his hobby of tennis and he found himself with spare time on his hands.
The book explains why religion is in decline, reviews mankind’s past and the opinions of some of history’s greatest intellects and, after analysing all the arguments, calculates the probability of God’s existence.
Mr Flannery said: “Like most people I started off as a young Christian - by going to Sunday School and being confirmed and being taught exactly what happened thousands of years ago - as I got older and learned more I started asking questions.
“When I started writing the book I was a questioning agnostic - by the time I’d got half way through I was an athiest and by the end i was an antitheist.
“I believe in the religion of kindness - you don’t need any others because they lead to competition and people are prepared to kill each other to defend their version of the truth.
“The millions of deaths caused through religious wars is atrocious.”
Mr Flannery, who has appeared on numerous radios shows and toured the afternoon speaking circuit to promote his book, worked as a mathmetician in the operational research department at Round Oak Steel Works in the 1960s before moving into management consultancy.
He grew up in County Durham, but moved to Kinver 40 years ago to work for Round Oak.
He funded the publishing of the book himself through a friends’ publishing company - Geoffrey Publications.
It is raising money for children and animal charities including WWF, The Dogs Trust and the NSPCC and is available on Amazon as a paperback for £9.95 and as an e reader for £8.03. It is also available from WHSmith.
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