1 out of 4 stars
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The book Excelsis Dei by Paul Linke is a deep exploration of how religion has shaped the world as we know it today. The correlation of religion and physics have worked together for as long as we have existed, depending on what you believe for that specific number of years. Multitudes of topics are introduced as the author explores the historical significance of different physicists, professors, theologians, and religious figures and their influence on our current society. Many different religions are explained, as well as various societies such as the Masons, and careful detail and research is put into the explanation of these cultures.
In this nonfiction book, the author spends quite a bit of time discussing the different meaning of shapes, and how its symbolism has significance in religious culture. For example, the triangle on the cover is a secret symbol in an ancient society with hidden magic, and one must read further to understand its' physical components to make it as such. Ultimately, this eternal force is fueled by God and one's love and reverence for a higher being.
I really liked the concept of this book, looking for a more intense type of Dan Brown book (the DaVinci Code). The book was difficult to read, with little structure and rambling writing style. This book desperately needs proofreading, whether professional or not. It was abundantly clear that the author's primary language is not English, as consistent grammatical errors appear throughout the book. For example, the word "belief" was used in place of the word "believe." I would like to see this book re-written with an outline as a basic structure, with a table of contents and chapters. This would make the book much more organized, and easier to read.
This book jumped so erratically from subject to subject that it made it difficult to gain knowledge from this book. I feel that the better format for this book would be in audio form, with the author reading. It is apparent the author is passionate in writing about this subject, but it was difficult to stay focused while reading because more than one topic was written about at all times.
I give Excelsis Dei by Paul Linke 1 out of 4 stars, for its difficulty of reading, lots of grammatical and spelling errors, and inconsistent reading flow. I would recommend this book for professors or religion looking for supplemental material for their own writing text.
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