By Douglas Anele
AND yet another: â€œI mean those true prophets and real philosophers effectively tried to set up a mean of a progressive demolition and bringing down of the helled – earth or gulagal earth in order to paradisize and jannatul-firdausise it or build an Edenic Earthâ€ (p.72).
As I mentioned earlier, Oyetunde ommited Pluto in his list and description of planets, (pp.20-21); he also failed to mention, let alone discuss, the big bang theory in the section of the book which deals with the origin of the universe (chapter 2).
That is a significant omission, becauseÂ the big bang theory postulated by Albert Einstein is the best scientific theory of the origin of the universe accepted by the scientific community at this time. There are several misapplications of terms that have well established usage. As an illustration, the author repeatedly referred to human beings as androids or anthropoids (see pp. 74, 78 and 87).
Some of his neologisms are queer and inelegant: for instance, on page 78, he used the expressions â€œhuman beingnization, â€œparadisizingâ€ and â€œjannutalâ€“firdausisingâ€ etc. His definition of evolution on page 47 is too broad and inprecise. Oyetunde should have consulted relevant literature on evolution, such as The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins, The Major Features of Evolution by G.G. Simpson and Scientists Confront Creationism, edited by Laurie R. Godfrey.
In the book, the concept of architect-creator, God, was used repeatedly, as if the idea of God and His actual existence are uncontroversial. I think that the author needs to do more research on these issues to improve his knowledge.
Oyetunde strikes me as someone acquainted with different religions in various parts of the world. But in his book, his presentation of the few religions he selected lacks clarity and depth. He makes various claims which are doubtful and unwarranted by historical scholarship.
On pages 77 and 78, he makes the confusing claim that the Hebrews, the Greeks and the Arabs â€œwere the first tribes who were given the opportunity to run the pre-understanding/half truth and understanding/truth eras of our species…who are, by the way due andÂ given the opportunity to be judiciously called, the â€˜chosen raceâ€™.â€
Oyetunde is unaware that the idea of â€œchosen raceâ€ has been completely discredited by philosophers such as Bertrand Russell and Karl Popper, among others. For his education on the issue I recommend Arnold Toynbeeâ€™s Mankind and Mother Earth, Karl Popperâ€™s The Poverty of Historicism, and Bertrand Russellâ€™s Unpopular Essays.
I believe that the entire â€œchosen raceâ€ concept is a harmful notion that has encouraged racism, hate crimes, oppression and war in the world. It is a very repugnant concept which has no place in the contemporary globalizing world.
Oyetunde gives the impression that he is the second resurrection of Jesus ibn Maryam, the messiah (p.8). However, there is nothing in his work that shows that he has both the intellectual and spiritual wherewithal to assume the role he is claiming for himself.
Apart from suggesting that human beings are the major problem of the world, he does not seem to have a cultivated deep insight into the complex challenges of contemporary societies, and how to go about confronting them in a bold, imaginative, life-enhancing and sustainable way.
He merely prescribes, on page 88, a solution which, according to him, was recommended by the â€œtrue prophets, real philosophers and professors of Godâ€, that is, accurate knowledge of God and the earth or genuine science plus wisdom.
All said and done, while commending Issoumaila Oyewumi Oyettunde for presenting a well-printed and nicely packaged book, his attempt to diagnose the fundamental problems of contemporary human existence is not satisfactory.
His effort is vitiated by poor handling of English language, particularly bad grammatical formulations and unsatisfactory execution of mechanics of scholarship.
His claim to be the new messiah and the solution he proposed for healing the world is unoriginal and woolly. Oyetunde has joined the long list of those who, over the centuries, had claimed to be the messiah or reincanations or replacements of deceased founders of different world religions.
In Nigeria, there was the notorious case of Jesus of Oyingbo who had a nunber of disciples during his life time. In most cases, these claimaints are victims of overactive imagination and delusions bothering on the illusion grandeur. I advise Oyetunde to downplay his messiahnic claims and concentrate on getting a very good editor to painstakingly edit his work.
By so doing, I hope that the second or revised edition, when it is eventually published, would be more readable, educative and enlightening. I recommend that people should buy the book and see for themselves whether my evaluation of The 2nd Resurrection of Jesus Ibn Maryam: The Blowing of Another Natural Mystic Trumpet has what the philosopher, John Dewey, called â€œwarranted assertibilityâ€ (p.91).