How literal is hell? Was Jesus God, man, or somewhere in between? Is Satan an angel who fell or is he merely a symbol of our own pride? Did we evolve from primates or was Earth summoned into being 6,000 years ago? Most books about religion are designed to give you one side of the picture - the author's side. The culmination of fifteen years of research, A Maze in Grace takes a refreshing approach by examining the Bible from different perspectives simultaneously, showing how different Christians and Baha'is interpret the Scriptures differently, and why.
About the author:
Jamie Banks was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand, location of the movie The Last Samurai. As a child he was taken to the local Baptist church until his means of transport there became unavailable. In the interim he became a sceptic, placing his faith in the evolutionary theories he saw portrayed on television. In secondary school he encountered some Baha'is and after a year of research and prayer came to believe in Baha'u'llah, the Prophet-Founder of the religion. Over the next few years, however, a lot of Christian friends challenged his views, causing him doubt and confusion that would last seven years. In 1995, he began a BA, studying English literature, religion and Japanese at the University of Waikato. On graduating, he moved to Japan for a year to brush up his language skills, and then travelled to Israel (the birthplace of Christianity and the site of the World Centre of the Baha'i Faith) in the hope of resolving his inner turmoil about religion. In the last few years, Jamie has been working part-time as a stress workshop designer and facilitator, a television extra, a secondary school teacher and an author. He has a passion for youth education and was recently blessed with winning first place in a nationwide speech-writing contest run by Massey University (with a speech about the need for emotional intelligence training in schools). In his spare time he likes to strum a few songs on the guitar, play touch rugby, badminton, squash or tennis, and write humorous, thought-provoking poetry. He is a fan of Tchaikovsky, Flight of the Conchords and traditional music from many different cultures. A regular passenger on international flights, he has also spent time in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa and the United States. His ultimate wish is to be able to travel the world to play a humble part in helping the famous prophecy come true: "Nation shall not take up sword against nation, neither shall they train for war anymore" (Micah 4:3).