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Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth) (Encyclical Letters - Pope Benedict XVI Book 3)
Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth) (Encyclical Letters - Pope Benedict XVI Book 3)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blind Guides, 18 Jan. 2013
Perhaps Benny 16th and his "Church" should read a bit more of the Bible before they produce any more meaningless literature like this. This verse might help: "Of making many books there is no end [that's true] and much study wearies the body." (Ecc. 12:11)

I read somewhere that there is something like 30,000 words in the this encyclical. What a wast of time. Most Christians should read 1 Corinthians 13 (around 200 words) rather than waste their time on this garbage. (Of course, many of them won't even bother!)

The encyclical states (point 2) that, "Charity is at the heart of Church's social doctrine." Which is why the Church feels that most cardinals need salaries of around $100,000 a year, and some live in mansions. (See Jason Berry's "Render Unto Rome" for many examples.)

1 Corinthians 13 states that "Love... rejoices with the truth" (verse 6). So why does the Catholic Church always fear the truth? And why does it continue to promote lies and fables?

Jesus, the Apostles and the Early Church
Jesus, the Apostles and the Early Church
Price: £9.44

0 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Crawling To Extinction, 17 Jan. 2013
This book is so poor that I couldn't even follow the argument. I am not sure there is one. But then what do you expect from the Catholic Church, an institution that continues adhere to theology that is so bankrupt that it went out in the Middle Ages.

Joey (Ratzinger) states (if he actually wrote the words), "An apostle is one who is sent, but even before that he is an 'expert' on Jesus."

So we assume that all those priests who lie and steal are "experts" on Jesus. Maybe they should stop behaving like hypocrites first, before preaching to their congregations!

Paul Marcinkus, the former head of the Vatican Bank stated, "The Church does not run on Hail Marys." In other words, it needs money. Hence it has to keep producing books like this to squeeze a little more juice out of its flock. "They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them." (Matt. 23:4)

(The title comes from Metal Church's song "Crawling To Extinction".)
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Revelation Road: Hope Beyond the Horizon
Revelation Road: Hope Beyond the Horizon

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's Fiction!, 15 Jan. 2013
This book combines a fictitious story about an American preteen boy in 2012 who discovers that the "End Times" have happened in his life-time with a commentary on the "End Times" according to Bill Salus.

The books seems aimed at American adolescents who probably go to church. They are probably well-versed in the topics that Salus believes he is an expert on: war in the Middle East; the Tribulation; and the Rapture.

Chapter 4 has Israel being attacked by its Arab neighbors while Ty (the main character) and his grandfather are returning home after a fishing trip in a car. The news comes on the radio. Instead of keeping calm (they are not in immediate danger) the grandfather starts driving quickly, and dangerously, so that they can get home to WATCH IT ON TV.

Of course, such an action (by someone who is supposed to be mature) is the immediate opposite of what the Bible advises (Luke 21:28)! Risking other people's lives just so you can get home to sit in front of TV with a Bible open at Psalm 83 (why?) is sure stupidity! It won't change anything.

But then that is Salus; he doesn't really think things through!

This book is no more harmful than "Twilight" or even films like "The Day After Tomorrow." It's only dangerous when people think that everything will happen the way Salus says it will.

Of course, Salus also has the grandfather referencing his other book Isralestine to give further credence to his own views!

Jam With Thin Lizzy
Jam With Thin Lizzy
by Thin Lizzy
Edition: Sheet music

4.0 out of 5 stars I Hope You Like Jamming Too, 14 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Jam With Thin Lizzy (Sheet music)
Great for Thin Lizzy fans and any electric guitarist, both to play along with and learn the songs. I would have preferred the excellent "Southbound" from Live and Dangerous and "Dancing in the Moonlight" to be included.

The latter was a big hit for them, and the former is just a great play-along track, especially for guitarists. But I am being fussy now!

Ratzinger's Faith: The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI
Ratzinger's Faith: The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI
Price: £12.34

2 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars New Lace Sleeves, 14 Jan. 2013
Surprisingly there were no other reviews of this book before I came along, so I thought I'd do the business.

Written by Tracey Rowland whom Cardinal Pell of Sydney calls "Australia's leading theologian", this book is dryer than grass in a year-long drought. It's very bookish and academic with many scholarly terms. I can see why Solomon (assuming he authored the book) wrote, "Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body." (Ecclesiastes 12:11). The book began to tire me out in its first pages.

Pell states in his foreward that no, "No Pope in history has published as much high quality theology on such a variety of topics as Pope Benedict XVI". Actually, from some of the stuff I have read from his books, and some of the reviews, he just repeats much of the same stuff. And he's not very original.

Ratzinger likes Mozart and Bach. He should retire and go and play some. It will be greatest contribution to humanity!

The title of the review refers to the fact that Joey has (apparently) a penchant for silk and satin costumes, as stated in Murder in the Vatican: The CIA and the Bolshevik Pontiff.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Prophetic Rubbish, 13 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Isralestine (Kindle Edition)
I have emailed Bill Salus on several occasions to explain to him that his understanding of the Bible is flawed. He's not interested; he simply wants to continue churning out this kind of rubbish until the Rapture comes (which it never will).

Salus ignores some of the previous events in Israel's past like the Yom Kippur war simply because it does not fit in with his flawed interpretation.

Writers like Hank Hanegraaf in books like The Apocalypse Code address some of the points which writers like Salus and his mentor Hal Lindsey raise.

Salus misses the best verse on the Israelites in the Bible, "Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false." (John 1:47)
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Knowing Right From Wrong: A Christian Guide to Conscience
Knowing Right From Wrong: A Christian Guide to Conscience
by Thomas D. Williams
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Be Like The Hypocrites, 11 Jan. 2013
The facts speak for themselves: Williams secretly fathered a child. Though to be fair, it's not just Catholic priests who are a bunch of hypocrites as similar scandals have also beset (and will continue to do so) some Protestant churches and denominations.

Judith Buddenhaum's Religious Scandals (Scandals in American History) seems to be an interesting book, but it is expensive and I haven't managed to get hold of an inexpensive second-hand copy yet. If anybody has a copy of the book, perhaps they might review it. I have read Jason Berry' Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church which deals with more with abuses in the Catholic Church. It has a chapter on Marcial Maciel (see below) but was written just before the Williams scandal.

Still, there is something rather disturbing about a book with title "Knowing Right from Wrong" with a priests sitting there all self-righteously in his "holy" attire on the cover attempting to preach "holiness" and "morality" to the world.

However, compared to the priest who founded the Legionaries of Christ (of which Williams was a leader), Marcial Maciel, Williams is a saint if this is all we know about him. Maciel also secretly fathered children, used drugs and sexually abused his seminarians. What a saint!

"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees [religious leaders], you hypocrites." (Matt. 23:15) Why not read the whole chapter and apply it to the whole Catholic Church!
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Heart Of The Christian Life
Heart Of The Christian Life
Price: £9.41

0 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sunday Service, 11 Jan. 2013
In the New Testament book of 1 Corinthians (11:17-34) Paul dedicates some 500 (approx.) words to the Lord's Supper. So why we need a whole book dedicated to the subject is beyond me, especially at the current price. (While writing the current Kindle price is £9.45.)

Of course, when Paul's words were written (circa 55AD) Christians were still meeting on Saturdays (the TRUE Sabbath) and virtually non of the current rituals in modern Christianity had been invented. Remember, all the early "Christians" were Jews.

While there may be some interesting things in the book, it is hugely debatable whether we need a book of this size and at this price; a small booklet (either given free or at a very low cost) would have been sufficient.

The main reason for this book is to make money for the Catholic Church and to endorse its own false beliefs. It would be much more impressive if (some) priests acted in a manner worthy of the Biblical text, "A man ought to examine himself before he eats the bread and drinks the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgement on himself." (1 Cor. 11:28-29)

I wonder if "Father" Thomas Williams (Legionaries of Christ priest who fathered a child) examined himself before he gave the Eucharist. Interestingly, Williams was the author of a book called Knowing Right from Wrong: A Christian Guide to Conscience The book probably has the same value as this one: very little!
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Inside Job
Inside Job
Price: £6.02

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars That Day Is Done, 6 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Inside Job (Kindle Edition)
Yet another book detailing the problems of the financial crash which began in 2007/8 and has not yet finished. It's OK until the final chapter when the writer misses many important points.

Chapter 10 asks: What should be done? While some of the suggestions are sensible, some are not. "In the meantime, we can do a number of things, both politically and personally. We can take to the streets [why?]; support Occupy and like-minded organisations [most of these organisations are reactionary and imbecilic]; run for office ourselves; and support candidates who seem to care." With respect, these are the kind of simple solutions we might find in an essay by a schoolchild. Say, a 10-year-old!

He continues: "At the personal level, we can save money; place our saving in locally owned banks and credit unions; invest prudently and ethically, and above all, ensure the education of out children." More simple stuff you might mear in classroom, say of a kindergarten.

The writer misses many of the important fundamental flaws in the US economy and some of the others of so-called democratic societies, like the UK.

Power needs to be taken away from large corporate organisations and also non-governmental institutions like the United Nations, World Bank and even the Federal Reserve. Charitable and religious institutions need to be taxed and even controlled. Chapter 7 of Ray Perlman's book Hubris: How HBOS Wrecked the Best Bank in Britain about HSBOS gives an interesting account of the British bank (Then the Bank of Scotland) trying to deal with Pat Robertson, a an evangelical preacher.. The power of these people, including the likes of Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, Billy Graham should be curtailed. They are leaches!

When they sit in million-dollar mansions and claim that the activity of their organisations is not "commercial" then they are simply pulling the wool over people's eyes.

The same could be said of organisations like Opus Dei, Legions of Christ and many others of the same ilk. The head of Opus Dei in Portugal, Rafael Espirito Santo, claimed that he had no salary - so he pays no direct taxes. Nonsense. He must live on something (yeah, the contributions of Opus Dei members).

Further, the average salary of a cardinal in the Catholic Church is around $100,000 (depending on each country). How much tax do they pay? Do they need this much money? Probably, so that they keep their mistresses (or "high-class" whores).

In the UK we need to limit the policy of giving out titles (Sir, Lord) to top people in many financial institutions (like Fred Goodwin and Dennis Stevenson). Such titles and connections merely increase the chance for corruption. These people simply have too much respect; you cannot real tell someone called Sir or Lord that their actions are wrong.
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Principles of Christian Morality
Principles of Christian Morality
Price: £6.41

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Talking In The Dark, 31 Dec. 2012
Interestingly, the authors claim in the intro that not one of them is a "specialist in moral theology".

Though, I wonder how someone becomes a "specialist in moral theology"! I would have thought that if you followed Jesus' advice to the rich young ruler, do not murder, do not commit adultery and avoid lying and stealing while respecting your parents (as much as possible) you would be 99% of the way to being a specialist in any kind of morality, Christian or otherwise!

This was written well before the beginning of the intellectual vacuum that was JPII's papacy (and has continued during Benny 16th). Remember, in those days the Vatican was still trying to decide whether test-tube babies (IVF)were evil or not, and Paul VI's "Humanae Vitae" was still sending millions of people to hell for using condoms.

Christian morality? Is it "moral" for a Pope (like JPII) to refuse to answer the questions of creditors who lost money in a bank apparently owned by the Vatican Bank, as related in Paul Williams The Vatican Exposed: Money, Murder, and the Mafia: Money, Murder and the Mafia (and many other books and articles).

Any answers from these so-called experts on morality?

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