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Timex Expedition Mens Watch T49780D7PF with Blue Dial
Timex Expedition Mens Watch T49780D7PF with Blue Dial

4.0 out of 5 stars Up to best expectations, almost., 19 Dec. 2011
Watches with night illumination you can read at night without your glasses are hard to come by. Timex and Casio are the only serious contenders and even Casio seems to offer less now in this respect. As someone frequently woken at night during my working life, I now find that if I wake up naturally, I have to know the time. Visiting remoter parts of Africa without mains electricity and different daylight hours has perpetuated the habit. This replacement for an early 'Expedition' watch is up to the mark in this respect, though my memory suggests that the white background is better. The strap is a bit disappointing seeming either too loose or too tight, but I had trouble with an earlier leather strap that become unhygienic from from repeated wetting so will probably swap it for a cheap stainless steel one anyway.

The White Nile
The White Nile
by Alan Moorehead
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better edition than expected, 19 Dec. 2011
This review is from: The White Nile (Hardcover)
Having read someone else's copy some years ago and just started on Tim Jeal's recently published 'Explorers of the Nile' I felt I needed to have my own copy of 'The White Nile'. To find I had bought a much better illustrated and produced copy than the one I had read was a pleasant surprise. Now fully briefed by Jeal's up-to-date scholarship and research I read it with slightly different eyes, but no less admiration.

The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
by Francis Collins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars A valuable contribution to Science and Faith dialogue, 1 Nov. 2009
As a UK reader the marketing for this book is not its most attractive feature. The title overstates the author's position and as pointed out by others it would have been better to have used 'reasons' rather than 'evidence for belief' in the subtitle. His testimony or witness in defense of his views is evidence of a kind, but not in a scientific experimental sense. The book's value lies in authorship by a modern scientist with impeccable credentials in the world of genetics and includes a lucid update on his area of special interest. This is placed alongside a clearly presented case for acceptance of the 'theory of evolution' without requiring any compromise with a biblical understanding of God. This synthesis is called 'Theistic Evolution' and follows gentle dismissals of the alternatives of Atheism/Agnosticism, Creationism and Intelligent Design. Philosophical and logical considerations abound and there is clearly a debt to the writings of C S Lewis. Dawkins populist a often emotional writings are considered in their place as the antithesis of the faith position.

But what is a much greater problem for the author, and what was probably the true target audience for his book, is the 45% of Americans who are 'Creationists' based on a literal biblical interpretation in the belief that anything less is challenge to the entirety of Christian Faith. Dr Collins can only look on in frustration at the unscientific and even biblical misinterpretation contortions that creationists have to go through to maintain their position, knowing that it is a blind alley and when they eventually emerge, they will indeed have done much damage to their own and others faith. Dawkins and other can feed easily on such people, who are much fewer in number in the UK but not short of a voice in their own fundamentalist fringe. In the UK only a minority can be bothered with variations within the faith communities. Dr Collins challenge to them is not to dismiss God in their search for meaning in life, and certainly not to dismiss science.

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