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Presence and Thought: Essay on the Religious Philosophy of Gregory of Nyssa (Communio Book)
Presence and Thought: Essay on the Religious Philosophy of Gregory of Nyssa (Communio Book)
by Hans Urs von Balthasar
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.46

4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Analysis though dry in parts., 21 April 2013
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As someone with a love of patristic Theology this book was an outstanding piece of analysis. Vom Balthasar does not use the opportunity to promote any Pro-Latin agenda and gives an analysis which can be read across the board and is respected by those from across the Christian worls.

The reason I have given it a 4 rather than 5 is simply because there is no index page, which can cause a problem when using it to look at a specific part of Gregory's Theology. Otherwise the book is brilliant.


Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity: New Edition
Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity: New Edition
by Otto F. Meinardus
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.21

4.0 out of 5 stars great for people who know about the subject, 21 April 2013
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This books is good as a research tool, covering a great deal of information about the Coptic Church, as well as its Theology and History.

I would recommend it for Academics rather than for everyone as the topics it covers are given a lot of detail which can come off as dry or boring, also it is best read when looking for a single section which is why it is more useful as a research tool than general reading.


Clash of Empires: Battle for Asia [DVD]
Clash of Empires: Battle for Asia [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stephen Rahman Hughes
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Price: £2.90

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Clash of nothing., 26 Jun. 2011
A with most on here, I expected a fictional story of two great empires, leading to some epic battles and at least mild historical accuracy.
I was wrong.

The movie is a malay movie called "The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines" but mildly altered in name and advertising to make it seem like the epic we expected.

There is no clash of empires, but a cheesy simbad style adventure, in which the Romans hardly even appear, it instead mainly focusses on a malay sailor who is supposed to be a descendent of Alexander the Great.

If you expect historical accuracy or anything worthy of the term 'epic' then you will be disappointed. Either way for a cheesy TV esque movie it is mildly amusing.


How to Run the Way
How to Run the Way

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars an introduction to BYZANTINE orthodoxy., 25 Jan. 2011
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This is certainly a 3 star product in my view.

An an Orthodox Christian myself, I find that it is a great resource to have on hand when looking into the aspects of Orthodox Theology, and wishing to explain them or have them explained in an academic way. Such contributors as Met. Kallistos Ware are renowned for this. The effort put into it is a blessing upon the Orthodox Church for certain.
It is also good for anyone looking into studying Eastern Orthodoxy, and wanting some introductory lectures to get them started.

The reason I have given this 3 stars, not the 4/5 stars that my last paragraphs would suggest is that it is purely based upon the Byzantine rite, not the Non-Chalcedon Oriental Orthodox Christians, and the speakers do seem to candidly make some negative statements about their Oriental bretheren. Therefore, in my view it loses some credibility and can remind me of the hardline Russians I have ignored in the past. This is a shame, but is an issue that loses the set marks.

I would advise it for personal use, and accompanied by reading, not as a full course for a community unless they are extremely insular about their faith.


Soul and the Resurrection
Soul and the Resurrection
by Saint,Bishop of Nyssa Gregory
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The church fathers - Greats, 25 Jan. 2011
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No matter how many speakers, sermons or conferences I attend, noone can explain death and resurrection like St Gregory of Nyssa.
- A thoroughly enjoyable and inspirational read by any accounts.


Sola Scriptura
Sola Scriptura
by John Whiteford
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The truth at last., 25 Jan. 2011
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I enjoyed this, and even offered it to a few protestant friends... (they didn't enjoy it as much)
The acceptance of Sola Scriptura has haunted Christianity and made nearly 30,000 different faith out of what was 1 church a thousand years ago. This book is well written and very blunt on the subject.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and discussing the issues it raised with my peers, and would recommend it to anyone interested in Biblical studies (regardless of denomination)


Stories from the Egyptian Desert
Stories from the Egyptian Desert
by Bishop Macarius
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert fathers, always an inspiration, 25 Jan. 2011
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This is a well written collection of factual, and fictional tales from the Coptic Monasteries in Egypt.
I found these both inspirational and emotionally stirring, as they are designed to look at faith from all sides and angles.
Definitely recommended for anyone who wishes to understand the pure depth of the commitment of Anchorites and desert monks, or just wanting an inspirational read.


Youth of the Apocalypse, and the Last Rebellion
Youth of the Apocalypse, and the Last Rebellion
by John Marler
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, blunt and to the point, 25 Jan. 2011
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As with everything to come out of St. Herman's, this book is directed at a new generation of Orthodox Christians seeking the hard hitting faith that the world has forgotten.
Beautifully written to match it's youthful, energetic audience, I would suggest this for any Orthodox youth, or someone seeking more than the world has to give.


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