Robert Brenchley

Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (3 of 4)
Location: Birmingham UK


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The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in I&hellip by James F. McGrath
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 3 Aug 2011
I like this book. McGrath reviews the NT passages adressing the relationship between God and Jesus. He finds Jewish parallels for them, and shows - I think successfully - that the NT writers were operating within the accepted range for Jewish ideas in the 1st Century.

The monotheism of the tie was more open, less exclusive than the modern version, allowing, for istance, Philo to refer to the logos as a 'second god'. There was one transcendent God, but extensions of God, like the Logos or Wisdom, were seen as working within creation, and could be depicted as acting independently. Philo and the prologue to the 4th Gospel both use ambiguous language about the Logos, implying that it… Read more
Flymo SabreCut Cordless 24V Hedgetrimmer by Flymo
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 13 July 2011
I bought this because I was tired of struggling to cut my hedges with an old petrol trimmer. I couldn't manage the tops, and the hedges were out of control. I find that as long as I'm cutting the side, where I can use the weight of the machine, it cuts branches just as thick as the maximum the old thing could cope with. It's always hard cutting thicker growth on top, without the weight behind it, and doing it from ground level is even harder. Once I've cut the things back though, it should be a breeze.

It's a chunky piece of kit, with a massive battery pack which straps on your waist. This is no problem for me, and the cable is long enough not to restrict me, while being short… Read more
The Merchants' War (Merchant Princes) by Charles Stross
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Settling down, 7 Dec 2010
As I said about the earlier books, there were problems with this series, but by the time Stross got this far, the publisher had delivered their fiat about book length. This is the second half of what was once due to be a single book, but while the first half is still something of a mess, this is much better. The plot advances, still at a galloping pace (and at times I wished he'd slow down), but the book is highly enjoyable, and to be recommended along with the rest.