Hold On to A Godly Frame of Reference; Don't let America Become Another Jonestown
ABOUT LEDNORF'S DILEMMA (Author's comment)
In considering this book, it's important to understand that the math and science segments can be passed over without missing the main thrust of the story which, in its essence, is a strong exposť of the horrors of postmodernism and its dangerous new-age invasion of the Christian tradition. The technical data are included both as a plot element and to tease and puzzle the more scientifically and mathematically inclined science fiction readership.
In the story, an extraterrestrial reveals alien manipulation on Earth, offers theological insight, and produces heretofore unknown scientific and mathematical data. A little group of "contactees" grapple with the information and decide to announce it to the world by way of a quickly written book titled LEDNORF'S DILEMMA.
-- Lednorf's Dilemma -- See at Amazon
This book sprang from my thinking and experiences as I confronted the theological confusion of the liberals that paved the way for the rise of the cult leader Jim Jones. LEDNORF'S DILEMMA is a natural consequence of my eight year-long undercover investigation of Jones and his cult.
In detailing the scandal behind the Jim Jones-Peoples Temple invasion of California, LEDNORF'S DILEMMA reveals the darkest, behind-the-scenes cover-up at the highest level of a large mainstream denomination. But it also goes deeply into the underlying causes of the new-age church's involvement with San Francisco Bay Area politics and how they led to the Jonestown horror. We also glimpse the subtle academic/sociological causal factors found in a joint--though premature--effort by the old Connecticut State Teachers College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to bring forth the group encounter phenomenon which was grasped by modernist church leaders and used in a demonic way to "awaken" churches to the social gospel. It turns out that both of these university institutions were unwittingly the collaborating elements within evil's methodically-designed means to a horrible end. (The book details the other elements of evil, including the "facilitator of evil," the "focus of evil," the "ignorant progenitor of evil," and the "systemic evil." The whole mess was really a mixture of poisonous schemes and endeavors, some more toxic than others.) These events are entirely true.
As a result of intense study of the Jim Jones cult and other cults, I seem to have penetrated the veil of "cultic thinking," as well as the devilish hands that hold it. We are now assaulted at all levels by "cultural relativism," postmodernism, subjective morality, inane forms of theater and other kinds of "art," corrupt journalism, and the most bizarre concepts of sex education (outcome based or not). All of this is neatly illustrated in the book by an actual interview with a Berkeley intellectual who was "fictionalized" in perfect detail on page 169. I interviewed three other liberal cynics on the West Coast and received identical responses. I'll just add what I have already admonished to others: Don't be shy about seeing the various metaphorical implications in the novel (such as the "alien" manipulation of our societies, as well as the small renegade group of "aliens" who rebelled against the high level "experiment" conducted by their less sensitive leaders).
The book's most compelling aspect is a daunting theological point that leaves scientists and cynics speechless, because it reveals a common flaw in their "majestic brains." Similar to the math and astronomy concepts that speak for themselves, the theology works on its own. It penetrates the substance of pre-established and unrecognized thinking processes within these "smarter" intellectuals. It smashes the template of their carefully designed argument. Indeed, the concept of "Bifurcation" is the strongpoint that frees them. Thus they are drawn kicking and screaming to an understanding of Lednorf's Dilemma, and little by little, errant theologians, proud scientists, and vain intellectuals begin to find ears to hear and eyes to see.
David Conn co-authored THE CULT THAT DIED (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1980) and is the author of LEDNORF'S DILEMMA (Authorhouse, 2008), THE SPECIFIC DENSITY OF SCIENTISTS (Authorhouse, 2012), and THE PLEASURE OF FIENDS An Orthodox Study of Evil And the Meaning in the Jonestown Cultic Horror (David Conn, 2013).