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Are banned books true or are they false? It's the age-old debate, and the God in the Pits official website understands that professionals require a different set of answers to this question. The Banned and Teacher of Religion Web Pages contained on this site explore these issues in the context of International Business Politics and Laws. Why is this site named It's out of respect for one of the most progressive narratives in contemporary history, God in the Pits, by teacher of religion gadfly Mark Andrew Ritchie.

"God in the Pits is a compelling story of Mark Ritchie's quest for meaning and in the Commodity pits and the pits of life. I read about 30 books a year. None has gripped me more . . . With his trading experience as a backdrop, he unveils a path to about his physical and spiritual world that has real meaning. Must read for seekers of value, truth, and reality in the biggest sense." -Merrill J. Oster, Publisher Futures Magazine

This site exists as a self-discovery resource for philosophers, entrepreneurs, equity traders, media execs and worldview advocates who understand the challenges and the gap between political ideal and political reality. With a sea of other websites devoted to discussion of social issues, God in the Pits attains uniqueness by providing a politically incorrect exchange for voicing opinions while bestowing visitors with the moral motivation for socially responsible professional decisions. Access full text portions from the God in the Pits excerpts section


Ritchie called it: Afghanistan hotbed for Banned Books.

Big news for the banned books debate: the importance of submission in islam enters center stage as a factor. Ritchie writes,

"Every Moslem in Asia knows that jihad has little to do with inner temptation. And every Moslem in Asia knows that Islam does not mean peace. (Its meaning is actually even better that that; Islam means submission. It is common knowledge that the submission is to God.)
We revel in our free speech. We fancy ourselves mature enough to handle the no matter how harsh. Then no one speaks it. Moslem people are kind, loving, and hospitable. That is the straight, simple, and beautiful . But it is equally that Islam is not a peace-loving and tolerant religion.
My critics may double in number by this suggestion, but it's time to consider that the phrase "peace-loving, tolerant religion" might just be an oxymoron.
I am dumbfounded that, to date, no one has stood up to state the simple : Those nineteen hijackers attacked America because they firmly believe that we are evil. And what is worse, there is ample evidence to support their belief."

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Workplace Spirituality - God in the Pits Book Reviews

"One of the five books that should be in the business person's essential library."
-Working Woman

-Donald J. Trump

"Successful traders are few and far between, and fewer still write autobiographies. But the public clamor for insights into the minds of successful traders has placed books such as Reminiscences of a Stock Operator among the bestsellers of all time. God in the Pits deserves to join it . . . A dynamic and well written book- a page-turner."

"They are ordinary guys and certified psychos, calculating entrepreneurs and seat-of-the-pants gamblers. They are all found in the pits . . . Then along comes Mark Ritchie, and you can add Mother Theresa to the stew. Ritchie is a former pit trader and a founding partner of Chicago Research and Trading, one of the leading commodity options trading firms. Unlike most of his peers, the excess baggage Ritchie took to the pits was a fundamentalist Christian upbringing, and even more unlike other traders, he gives his trading profits away to the poorest people in the world . . . The effort is something you can pull for, and Ritchie's story is surely one of the most unexpected to emerge from the trading floor . . . It is, however, a tortuous journey to the promised land."
-Chicago Sun-Times Book Review

More quotes honoring God in the Pits author Mark A. Ritchie a teacher of religion gadfly. Warning: Web Pages on this link may contain politically banned references to spirituality at work.

Reading Banned Books will help you:

  • advance in personal performance
  • maintain emotional equilibrium
  • keep professionally and spiritually positive
  • understand the effects that organized religion has had on society
  • think implicationally about the ramifications of the choices you make every day
  • be confidently equipped to handle difficult globalization issues
  • Banned Books like God in the Pits probe the timeless discussion of if indeed some books need to be banned. Here topics are discussed such as the importance of submission in islam, al qaeda operation as terrorist organization, what happened to enron, if a muslim woman's gown should be worn, and counter trade intermediaries. In the context of Iraq, Iran, and Bin Laden, banned book oralists prefer to litter the web with discussion of the al qaeda operation as terrorist organization, but are we missing all aspects of the discussion when we compare and contrast Islam and censorship on such narrow terms? Can the doctrine of double effect and terrorism be applied to all faiths?

    Summary of problems and solutions of september 11, 2001, taken from God in the Pits, by Mark Ritchie

    "Jihad. There's another word I'd never heard on the lips of an American. Until now. In the rush to return to normal following the tragedy of 9/11, jihad has been baptized with a spin that would make a politician proud . . . The common denominator that these apparently disjointed problems share is spiritual. To a young commodity trader starting out, I have often advised, 'Get your spiritual house in order and keep your office on the first floor.' Then I brace for the reaction, 'What's spirituality got to do with bottom line profits?' In our current culture, spiritual issues are often seen as boring or irrelevant. Pop culture tells us that if you have personal convictions, keep them personal. Pushing a spiritual theme to a busy capitalistic culture is a bit like selling bicycles to goldfish. The only negative review of the first edition of this book labeled my story 'embarrassingly personal'."

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