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Melanie's Marvelous Measles
Melanie's Marvelous Measles
by Stephanie Messenger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.82

1.0 out of 5 stars This book is not Marmite., 3 Dec 2014
Apparently for every person that loves Marmite, another person hates it.

Melanie's Marvelous Measles is not Marmite.
For every person that loves this book, ten people hate it... and with very good reason too.

This book is anti-science nonsense.
Follow its reasoning at your children's peril.

Richard Dawkins The God Delusion: A Catholic Response
Richard Dawkins The God Delusion: A Catholic Response
Price: £0.00

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flawed and petty rant, 3 Dec 2013
Ian McCoy is a magician. He also doesn't like Derren Brown. (He manages to mention Derren three times in this incredibly short essay.)

Mr McCoy's argument against Dawkins is as follows...

"I'm afraid strict materialism (and the atheism that goes with it) refutes itself. If thoughts are determined wholly by the motions of atoms in my brain, I have no reason to suppose that my beliefs are true .....and hence no reason to suppose that my brain be composed of atoms."

This is quintessential circular nonsense. I expect this sort of thing from the Born Again community but not from Catholics .

Must try harder.
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The Adventures of Dinosaur (In the Garden of Eden)
The Adventures of Dinosaur (In the Garden of Eden)
by Kent Hovind
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Adventures of Danny the Dinosaur, 25 Nov 2013
Follow the adventures of, curiously not Danny but, Danny's great grandfather who was the first dinosaur ever. (Strictly speaking though, this is the story of Adam and Eve. Danny's great grandfather really only has a very small part in it.)
God invented Brachiosaurs by the way, "just to show how awesome He was." (Which, to my mind at least, is a little pompous of Him but who am I to question God.)

Anyway, Danny's great grandfather gave Adam and Eve rides around the Garden of Eden and generally had a lovely time until, first Eve, then Adam, ate the fruit off the one tree they weren't allowed to. They did this because a naughty snake told them to. (I have read elsewhere that after this, God punished the snake by making it crawl on its belly. This is odd because, from the picture of the snake, I would have thought that belly-crawling was its original method of locomotion.)

Anyway, because Adam and Eve ate the fruit, they created Sin. (Which is a Bad Thing.) So they thought they had better wear fig leaves over their naughty parts. But then God had a conversation with them and told them to leave the garden. (God looks like a man in a cloak but has a big shiny light instead of a face.)

Anyway, to avoid a rather downbeat ending, Danny tells us that everything's going to be ok because God has a plan to mend the Problem Of Sin by sending (and ultimately killing) his Son.

Finally, as a pièce de résistance, Danny gives us a sneaky peak at the fun to be had if we buy book two in the series. "The Adventures of Danny the Dinosaur. Book 2: The Big Boat." (Curiously this book isn't the adventures of Danny either, but of Danny's grandfather and more specifically Noah.)

I really can't recommend this book enough. Not because it is a wonderful book (it isn't) but because the author, Kent Hovind, needs the money.
Kent is currently halfway through a ten year stretch for 58 federal counts, including 12 tax offenses, one count of obstructing federal agents, and 45 counts of structuring cash transactions.

Due to Kent residing in a state penitentiary, he is unable to have a proper job or live in any of his houses. (Especially as nine of his properties were seized by the US government in lieu of money owed.) Neither is he allowed to shoot his semi-automatic rifle or any of his guns as they too were all seized by the IRS.

Kent can no longer travel the world and be paid huge sums of money to continue making the following claims...
1) U.F.Os are "satanic apparitions".
2) Rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer's were engineered by "the money masters and governments of the world" for the purpose of global economic domination.
3) "Democracy is evil and contrary to God's law."
4) The New World Order is run by the British Royal Family... and Jane Fonda.

So please buy this book (all 25 pages of it) and help fill Kent's coffers once more.
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God Speaks
God Speaks
by Comfort Ray
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.34

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars God Speaks. Really? Not in this book., 14 Oct 2013
This review is from: God Speaks (Paperback)
I didn't buy this book. I have already contributed enough to Mr. Comfort over the past few years and I can't morally justify him receiving another penny from me.

I have however borrowed this book from my local library. I did so because Job is my second favourite book from the Bible.
This book, unfortunately though, has very little to do with Job.
Job is mentioned a few times but the vast majority of the book is just Ray Comfort spouting more ill-informed nonsense on his favourite topics. If you have any of Ray's other publications, you will learn nothing new from this one.
It is just one more collection of quote-mined misrepresentation, unsound logic and plain old lies.

There are far too many ways to destroy Ray's arguments in this book so I shall stick to just one subject which should hopefully give some insight into his charlatanism.
Within the first few pages Ray attempts to prove the lack of logic in the Big Bang Theory. This is by no means a new topic for him, however his latest argument against it is the stupidest yet.
According to Ray, "there was no bang in space, because there are no molecules to vibrate. So if the Big Bang happened, it was more of a Big Silence."

This is annoying for two reasons.
Firstly... Ray is trying to belittle the theory because the very name is a misnomer. The title of the theory though has nothing at all to do with the theory itself. It wouldn't matter if it was called the Expansion Theory or the Swiss Cheese Theory. - It is the science that matters, not the name.
Secondly... The term `Big Bang Theory' was coined by Sir Fred Hoyle. He called it this because he did not believe in it and wanted to belittle it in the same way Ray has tried to do in reverse.

Ray then goes on to quote from the BBC Horizon programme, "What Happened before the Big Bang". The quote comes from the beginning of the programme and is as follows...

"Ten years ago ... there was no doubt that the Big Bang was the beginning. But today, the certainty has gone. There is no escaping the inconvenient truth that the Hubble's graph, work of genius though it is, contains a huge problem. It tells us that everything we see in the universe today-us, trees, galaxies, zebras emerged in an instant, from nothing, and that's a problem. It's all effect and no cause."

There are a few problems with this quote.

1) It is not a direct quote. Ray has changed some of the words. The narrator's words, "Ten years ago ... there was no doubt that `before the big bang' made no sense," has been altered to "Ten years ago ... there was no doubt that the Big Bang was the beginning."
By changing, `before the Big Bang' to the Biblical sounding, "the Big Bang was the beginning" he has deliberately moved the argument from the scientific one of `did time exist before the Big Bang' to the question of a theological sounding `beginning'.

2) The (mis)quote is from the progamme's narrator and not any of the scientists that appeared. It is most unlikely that any scientist would ever have said such a thing. Firstly because Hubble's graph and indeed the whole Big Bang theory does not attempt to explain the cause of the Big Bang's singularity, merely the expansion that occurred within microseconds after it. So the narrator is wrong in saying that everything emerged `from nothing.' This `everything' was shown to the viewer in three seconds; a picture of a baby, some pictures of trees, some pictures of space and a picture of a zebra. Hence the narrator's words. The words make narrative sense as part of the programme... but not when quote-mined in black and white print. Clearly no believer in the Big Bang theory believes that these things were created in an instant. However that doesn't stop Ray, or or from quoting it.

3) In his book, Ray follows the quote with his own words...

"It's only a problem if you reject God as being the first cause. The solitary rational explanation for the origin of the universe is that something immaterial, eternal and unspeakably powerful created it."

It's a shame that Ray didn't watch the remaining 50 minutes of the programme, as this is not what any of the featured scientists said. Five alternative theories are presented, none of which involve, "something immaterial, eternal and unspeakably powerful" "creating" the universe.

Once again, Ray has churned out more recycled nonsense. It will undoubtedly make him yet more money and who am I to deny him that. If people want to give him their money, it's their loss.
I do think though, that people should understand the lies and deceit they are buying into.

I think perhaps "God Speaks" should be re-titled, "Ray Spouts (Again)".
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World Religions in a Nutshell
World Religions in a Nutshell
by Sr Ray Comfort
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.21

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fund a mental, 26 Jan 2013
Another hateful, hateful book from Mr. Ray Comfort Senior.

This is a book dedicated to all the world's major religions. (Apparently.)

Despite only accounting for 33% of the belief system for the world's population, Judeo-Christianity gets 98 out of the 192 pages. (Over 50%.)

Despite being one of the most misunderstood religions and accounting for 21% of the world's population, (and rising) Islam gets a paltry 18 pages. (Less than 10% of the book.)

Hunduism gets 14 pages

Buddhism gets 18 pages

Atheism gets 44 pages (Atheism? World's religions?)

What is really sad though is that at least half of each chapter is dedicated to how to convert believers of each of these religions into believing Ray's frankly bizarre form of Christianity.

This book should really be titled..

Bigoted tripe from a bigoted fool. If you really want to fund a mental, buy this book.
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The Beatles, God & the Bible
The Beatles, God & the Bible
by Ray Comfort
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.65

7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Tosh, 22 Dec 2012
This book is 25% Beatles facts cut and pasted from Wikipedia and 75% Christian fundamentalist preaching.

If you are interested in the Beatles please do not buy this book.

If you are a creationist with an inability to form your own opinions then this book is right up your street.
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Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.06

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star. (Qualified.), 7 Dec 2012
This review is from: MADE IN HEAVEN (Hardcover)
Disclaimer. - This review is based on the 20 or so pages available by using the "Look Inside" feature above.
I have not read the entire book as I have no intention of buying it. I already own a few of Ray's books and I'm afraid I can't justify buying another, not even for comedy value. (Even funny jokes begin to pale when you keep hearing the same ones time after time.)

Once again Ray refuses to try to understand what evolution is and how it could possibly work.
I have no problem with people that look at the concept, take five minutes to understand it, perhaps ask a couple of questions if something doesn't seem to make sense, and then decide that they prefer a different theory.
But Ray doesn't do this. By his own words, Ray sees knowledge as something that would bloat you and leave you needing to be lanced to relieve you of your knowledge. (If anyone doubts this please leave a comment and I'll quote him in full.)

Pages 6 and 7 describe just how amazing it is that 20,000 different species of ant all have 'feet that walk' and 'claws that grip.' In fact he lists many more biological features that make these creatures, 'incredible.' Did you know that ants have 'the ability to sleep, eat and digest food'?
Ray then asks us to think 'about how incredible God is to have the ability to conceive the thought of the ant and then to create it.'
The inference of all of this is that only God could have created 20,000 different species of ant so perfectly.
Presumably if evolution had tried to do it, maybe one of the species would be okay but the rest of the 20,000 would have feet that couldn't walk, or didn't have the ability to sleep or to digest food.

After decades in the anti-evolution business, it is hard to believe that Ray still shows such a massive ignorance of the concept. (He even published his own version of 'On the Origin of Species'.)
One can only draw one of two conclusions.
One - Ray is an imbecile. Despite numerous discussions on the subject, Ray simply does not have the intellectual capacity, (let's say an IQ over 50) to grasp the concept.
Two - Ray is simply a liar who is more than happy to represent scientific evidence FOR the theory of evolution as proof of the existence of God.

I am perfectly happy to discuss my review and its conclusions with anyone who takes issue with it. I am also more than happy to completely remove the review if anyone can show me one shred of evidence that man has stolen any part of God's Amazing Design.
Alternatively, if you are like Ray Comfort and don't have the intelligence for reasonable debate, just click on the tab to indicate that you don't think this review is helpful.
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IF ANIMALS COULD TALK PB: Creation Speaks for Itself
IF ANIMALS COULD TALK PB: Creation Speaks for Itself
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.35

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Science!, 2 Nov 2012
Written by the very animals themselves, this book proves beyond all question, the existence of our Lord God Almighty.

This little book is packed with amazing facts.

Here are just a few of them...

The Sperm Whale.
"I am the largest representative of the toothed whales. I only have teeth in my lower jaw; in my upper jaw, there are about 40 holes. The teeth in my lower jaw are about 7.8 inches long, barrel shaped, and exactly the same size. They fit exactly into the holes in my upper jaw."

Evolutionists would have us believe that the holes and the teeth matched exactly, not by design, but by random chance!

The Platypus.
"As the first reports of us filtered in, scientists didn't know whether or not to believe in the existence of such a strange thing. They were afraid of falling for a hoax, and so they decided that somebody had painstakingly fastened a leather bill and webbed feet onto the torso of a beaver."

This is typical of scientists. When presented with the wonder of God, they deny Him. Do not believe anything a so called scientist tells you.

The Swallow.
"I am a swallow, more accurately known as delichon urbica... My Latin name shows that scientists are only human, too. Actually it comes from the Greek he chelidon, which simply means `the swallow.' Somebody mixed up the letters from chelidon and got delichon."

Stupid scientists again!

The Glow Worm.
"Look at my neck shell. It protects my head better than the crash helmet your motorcyclists wear. Besides that, my Creator formed the hard material in such a way that it is transparent in front of my eyes, and nowhere else."

Scientists would tell you that its shell was see-through by evolutionary fluke!!

The Field Sparrow.
"I can't figure out how some people have the nerve to say that we descended from reptiles. Just imagine! Dinosaurs are supposed to be our closest relatives! Nobody can make me believe that the first sparrow lived more than 50 million years ago... The small hole in the linkage of my upper arm bone seems pretty remarkable to me. This is not a defect. The ligament which connects the breast muscle with the upper side of the shoulder joint goes through this hole. Without this, I wouldn't be able to lift my wing, let alone fly. If I descended from reptiles, then I would have to ask myself, who drilled that hole in the gelanoid cavity? Who threaded the ligament through the hole?"

Answer that one then Science. Your theory of evolution has no answer. Evolution can't drill holes or thread ligaments.

It is no coincidence that `EVOLUTION' is an anagram of "O UNTO EVIL"

And the consonants in `Scientist' are phonetically the same as "Satanist"
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Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.45

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ken's done it again!, 11 Oct 2012
Ken Ham and his friends from the institute have written another blinder.

Thirteen chapters of common sense are written in such an easy to read way that even those of us who are slow to read can understand it.

I have written a chapter by chapter synopsis below...

1) The "evolutionizing" of a culture--Carl Kerby & Ken Ham
Synopsis - An interesting discourse which examines the state of the world today and briefly looks at the following chapters.

2) Can natural processes explain the origin of life?--Mike Riddle
Synopsis - No.

3) Are mutations part of the "engine" of evolution?--Bodie Hodge
Synopsis - No.

4) Did humans really evolve from ape-like creatures?--Dr. David Menton
Synopsis - No. No. NO!

5) Does the Bible say anything about astronomy?--Dr. Jason Lisle
Synopsis - Yes.

6) Does the big bang fit with the Bible?--Dr. Jason Lisle
Synopsis - No.

7) Where did the idea of "millions of years" come from?--Dr. Terry Mortenson
Synopsis - Satan.

8) What's wrong with progressive creation?--Ken Ham & Dr. Terry Mortenson
Synopsis - Everything.

9) Is the Intelligent Design movement Christian?--Dr. Georgia Purdom
Synopsis - God designed everything and He is more than intelligent.

10) Can creationists be "real" scientists?--Dr. Jason Lisle
Synopsis - Obviously!!!

11) How should a Christian respond to "gay marriage?"--Ken Ham
Synopsis - They will both burn in Hell forever along with the minister who married them.

12) What's the best "proof" of creation?--Ken Ham
Synopsis - Well, 'Duh!' God of course.

13) What is a biblical worldview?--Stacia McKeever
Synopsis - Everything in the Bible is literally correct, word for word. Anyone who thinks differently to this is a Satan worshiping deviant.

Highly recommended for anyone that can't do joined up thinking.

Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.53

13 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Dinosaur Book You Will Ever Need, 25 Aug 2012
This review is from: DINOSURS FOR KIDS (Hardcover)
This book is quite literally incredible.

It is jam-packed full of of amazing dino facts.
Below are just some of the things I have learnt from this book...

There are actually seven ages of dinosaurs... and despite what the non-Christian Mr. Spielberg thinks, none of them are Jurassic.

Ken Ham's favourite dinosaur is Tyrannosaurus Rex. This is because he likes T Rex's 9 inch long, razor sharp herbivorous teeth. (The front cover of the book has an awesome picture of Rex as he stalks through a thunderstorm with a clump of veg in his mouth.)

Ken Ham does not know exactly when dinosaurs started eating each other but when they did, some of them would have been quite frightening to the people around at the time.

Birds and pterosaurs were created on day 5; (This is because on this day God made all birds, (whether flightless or not, and all flying things that aren't birds. So beetles, moths, bats and some ants. (Not sure about flying squirrels though.)) Whilst dinosaurs were created on day 6 along with all the other land animals. (These would be all mammals, (except bats obviously) and everything else that is land based. ie. lizards, fleas, spiders, tapeworm and some ants.

There was plenty of room on the Ark for the dinosaurs to fit as not all dinosaurs were great big monsters. (This may sound counter-intuitive at first however if you remember that the Bible is the Word of God it all makes sense. (I assume the two tapeworm came in with the two dogs.))

Finally a quote from the amazing Mr. Ham...
"When you understand the Bible, you will understand more about dinosaurs. The Bible helps us to answer questions about dinosaurs and about the world around us today." - So there you are kids. If you want to learn about dinosaurs, read the bible!
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