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    The Empathy Imperative 
is a novel that takes the reader on a journey of epic proportions with Professor Mark Jefferson Hale, evolutionary biologist. His journey begins at the beginning of the Tribulation--the Time of Sorrows as foretold in Revelation--and takes him through a gauntlet of fundamentalist fervor and political intrigue triggered by signs of the End. A purge of liberal educators grows as politicians work feverishly to prove their fidelity to God and His laws.
    Unruffled, Jeff is more concerned with his personal battles of romantic ambivalence and remorse over the death of his estranged, fundamentalist father.

    Yet, even after contrary forces gather against him, he becomes the focus of the greatest power in the universe, the consequence of which will be felt the world over and for all time.

    What would you do if you had the power of an omnipotent god for ten seconds? Would you opt for money, fame, or power over death? Perhaps you would select something of far greater value such as a solution to the problem of evil. What would that solution entail?
    German philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716), in his attempt to reconcile the problem of the existence of evil with the notion that God is a god of perfect love, opined that because of His love, God gave humanity the best balance of good and evil, and therefore, we mortals are blessed with the "best of all possible worlds."
     But, do we have the best world possible? Why do we have the depth of evil suffered by hundreds of millions of humans often through no fault of their own? What of the sufferings of children!
    We often hear evil must exist in order that we might have free will. Is it not possible to have free will without the existence of evil? What would this world look like were evil to be banished and how could such a world
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I believe in the equality of man, and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy. (Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason)

The Empathy Imperative
A novel by Max T. Furr

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