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Book: God on Trial - A Short Fiction by Dr. Sabri Bebawi

Book: God on Trial - A Short Fiction by Dr. Sabri Bebawi

categories: Book, Fiction, Mystery, International Mystery, God and Faith, State of Afairs, Short Novel, Mental Ilness, Hate Speech, Schizophrania, Religions


Dr. Sabri Bebawi

Author Dr. Sabri Bebawiabout this book: This short novel, "God on Trial" is basically about indicting God in the court of Human Rights for writing, in the holy books, hate speeches that incite hate, pigotry, murder, and mayhem. Since I was a young child, growing up in the hateful and hypocritical world of the Middle East, I was confused and tormented by religious teachings that did not make reasonable sense to me. Since then, I have been inspired to write a book that depicts the evil nature of God.

Although I have read all the three holy books, the Bible, the Quran and the Torah and studied them in Law school thoroughly, I had to reread them again to select some the evil verses in each of these books. I had spent hours and late nights for more than two years preparing for this work. Since I studied law, my initial idea was to write an actual trial of God, with jury and witnesses, but the novel took a life of its own and came out the way it did. I tweaked a lot of my personal life, experiences and challenges into the story and connected them with my philosophical ideas creating fictional characters that play a major role in the protagonist's life.

English being my third language, this task was quite challenging; I wanted my dialogue to be natural and not too archaic as I studied English in academic institutions and not in the school of life. I had to read the manuscript seventeen (17) times to get it just right.

This long, tiring, yet enjoyable journey did end with many lessons learned. Since this is my first novel (I have written may other books, academic, shorts stories, and memoirs), I learned that novels take a life of their own. In addition to learning patience and persistence, I have also learned more about the real possibility, considering the current human condition, of prosecuting God in the Human Rights Court. I became more convinced of my initial ideas.

The message of this novel is quite simple. It is not wise to follow without understanding and reasoning. The turmoil, the inhumanity, terrorism, and most ill of our human condition can all be easily attributed to a sad word on which most of believe - Faith.

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