In your own words, please describe God on Trial….
This novel is a study of the human condition and the role religions play in our existence. I do not see religions and faith to have any positive effect on humanity; in fact, the opposite is true. The teachings of the so-called holy books are fundamentally flawed and immoral in nature; hence, the writer ought be brought to justice. God incites his followers to murder, cause mayhem, hate, judge and cause the atrocities that humanity has been seeing up until today with Islamic terrorism. Since my childhood growing in a religiously fanatic country, Egypt, I have believed that someone had to stand up and question these centuries old beliefs. I did. And I did it well. The concept is presented in the following theme:
Convinced that God is a negative force, tormenting the helpless human race, an ailing English professor becomes determined to put the deity on trial. But when he’s diagnosed with schizophrenia, he soon succumbs to the damning madness and brutally stabs and kills his wife. And in the deadly manhunt that ensues, he is ultimately shot dead by the police. This prompts his grieving sister to follow through his life’s mission to bring God to justice.
What is the genre?
Mystery Fiction within a philosophical context
What inspired you to write this book?
Having been born and brought up in the Middle East, a region in turmoil, I have always believed that god was the real enemy because of his/her/its teachings of hate and prejudice. Also having been brought up as a Coptic Christian in an Islamic world, and having studied religions thoroughly through my law education, I have known that one day I would expose god and religions as evil forces that torment humanity at large. Finally. I did it.
Will God on Trial be a standalone or part of a series?
This is a standalone novel.
What message would you like to convey with this book?
The main message is to advise people to think before they believe, to ask that they use their own judgment not that of a priest, a sheikh, or rabbi. If anyone reads these not so holy books with a critical mind, one could easily see the malevolence of god and how malicious his/her/its writings and messages are. One could easily see how vindictive the writer is; and how contradictory his messages are.
What books are similar to this one?
There is a 2008 Masterpiece TV Film with the same title but it focuses on the brutality of WWII. Also, author Peter Irons wrote a book by the same title in which he examined landmark cases from America’s religious battlefield.
Where can readers find God on Trial?
“God on Trial” ‘The Indictment of God’ is available everywhere books are sold including Amazon worldwide.
Can you tell us some about the writer behind the book?
The middle of five children, Sabri Bebawi was born in 1956 in the town of Fayoum, Egypt, where he attended law school at Cairo University. He then left Egypt for the United Kingdom. He was invited by Oxford University, where he spent some time, and never returned to Egypt. A few years later, after living and working in England, Italy, France, and Cyprus, he took refuge in the country he loved most, the United States.
In California he studied communications at California State University, Fullerton, then obtained a master’s degree there in English education. Later he worked at many colleges and universities teaching English as a second language, freshman English, journalism, and educational technology. He did further graduate work at UCLA and obtained a PhD in education and distance learning from Capella University.
Although English is his third language, he has published many works in English on eclectic topics. It has always been his ambition to write novels, and this is his first attempt. As English is a foreign language to him, the task of writing a novel has been challenging.
As a child, Bebawi struggled to make sense of religions and their contradictions; in fact he grew up terrified of the word God. As he grew older and studied law, as well as all the holy books, he developed a more pragmatic and sensible stance; the word became just that—a word.
Tell us one thing about you we wouldn’t know?
I am an earnest socialist and humanist. Living in the United States, as inhumanly capitalist as it is, is a daily – perhaps hourly- challenge for me
What has been the best moment in your writing career?
The birth of an idea is the best moment. Also, the long and laborious process of writing is highly rewarding.
How do you come up with the titles of your book?
It is simply what I truly want: to put god on trial.
How long does it take you to finish a novel?
About two years or so
How can readers connect with you?
I am fortunate to have some recognition. My presence on the Internet, having been a professor and a writer, is extensive.
What are you working on now?
I have some ideas I am playing with at the moment. One idea stands out is studying the truth of the United States Democracy and whether it really is a government from the people, by the people, and for the people. I am currently questioning this unconvincing idea.
Do you have any other books already released?
Yes, I have written and published several books many of which are academic. I have also published my memoirs “A Dream Is Just That,” and a book of short stories titled “Tango under the Same Moon.”
Thanks for letting us interview you!
It has been my pleasure. Thank you for your interest and time.