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Oxford Essential Arabic Dictionary
Oxford Essential Arabic Dictionary
by Oxford Dictionaries
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 23 Sept. 2014
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Very prompt delivery and helpful book


Gabriel's Oboe
Gabriel's Oboe
Price: £0.79

4.0 out of 5 stars anyone for ennio?, 13 July 2014
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lovely, soul-moving music


Thor [DVD]
Thor [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Hemsworth
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A MYTHICAL SWASHBUCKLE, 6 Dec. 2013
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An interesting company of actors who bring an ancient myth to the Big Screen. An epic tale whose moral themes still have resonance in the 21st century.


Paul for Everyone:The Prison Letters - Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon (New Testament for Everyone)
Paul for Everyone:The Prison Letters - Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon (New Testament for Everyone)
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4.0 out of 5 stars SMALLBUT PERFECTLY FORMED, 6 Dec. 2013
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Another helpful commentary from the pen of a skilled theologian with an ability to speak plainly to the average reader.


Belief in God in an Age of Science
Belief in God in an Age of Science
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deus sive natura... it is not!, 24 July 2013
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In this helpful contribution to the Science/Religion debate written for Jane & Joe Public - Polkinghorne (both scientist and theologian) - says that he is not engaged in "an apologetic exercise, trying to make the faith appear acceptable in a scientific age." Equally, he warns against a "scientific takeover bid, offering no more than a religious gloss on a basically naturalistic account." Indeed, he specifically declines to adopt Baruch Spinoza's deus sive natura argument; stating bluntly, "That was Einstein's God, but it is certainly not mine".

He argues that the vast majority of what is done in science is, as he puts it, "the creative interpretation of experience, not rigorous deduction from it." It is not "truth" that it seeks but "verisimilitude" - a philosophical concept that distinguishes between the truth and the falsity of assertions and hypotheses. Absolute truth is as illusive to the scientist as the theologian. That said, though he acknowledges the capacity of science to test its theories against observation, theology too has a reasonable claim on the basis of verisimilitude.

He insists that theology is concerned with "ontological questions" which do not profit much from "science's fascinating, but largely theologically irrelevant, talk of temporal origins." In this regard, he is somewhat different from other theistic scientists who find much in current cosmology that appears to offer evidence that the universe has been fine-tuned for life. For him what is of much greater significance "in cosmic history to date - (is) the dawn of consciousness."

Drawing on chaos and complexity theory, he concludes that "holistic and relational concepts are coming to play an increasing role in science." These, he argues, are "congenial to theological thinking," as exemplified by "much Trinitarian discussion that emphasizes relationship (communion) as the ground of being." In this way, he finds room for God to act within the framework of chaos theory. God does not randomly or selectively insert "energy" into various places in the universe requiring his intervention, instead, as "pure spirit," he injects "information". Thus, as the complex nonlinear systems of life oscillate back and forth trying to decide towards which strange attractor to move, God intervenes in a way that moves the system in the direction towards which he desires for it.


Why There Almost Certainly Is a God: Doubting Dawkins
Why There Almost Certainly Is a God: Doubting Dawkins
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why this was almost certainly helpful, 9 July 2013
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An almost certainly helpful critique of Dawkins' least credible and creditable offering. Ward's arguments are not as accessible to the reader as Lennox or Polkinghorne. Worth the read for that, however.


Christianity and Islam
Christianity and Islam
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dated but helpful introduction, 24 Jun. 2013
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This contribution to the subject from Becker offers a helpful and informed, if now somewhat dated, introduction to the available material.


Wyclif in His Times
Wyclif in His Times
by Kenny
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £70.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Wycliff in his Times, 10 Dec. 2012
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I was very happy with the condition of this book and even happier to read the contents. Very informative account of this significant historical character!


Lost - Season 6 [DVD]
Lost - Season 6 [DVD]
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Price: £11.53

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Lost!, 12 July 2011
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I am still not sure I get LOST. However, I am happy to tell others to get LOST. It is an intriguing and thought provoking drama - which is well acted and has some great characters, story lines and plot twists. Not all the loose ends get tied into pretty bows - and the final scene is a bit sugar-coated - but I am glad I own the set.


Kensington Wireless 2.4 GHz USB Presenter and Red Laser Pointer - Compatible with PowerPoint and KeyNote
Kensington Wireless 2.4 GHz USB Presenter and Red Laser Pointer - Compatible with PowerPoint and KeyNote
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good gadget, 24 Jan. 2011
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Its seems to do exactly "what it says on the tin".
I am more than pleased with its performance (to date) and price.


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