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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing vicious about it
I have read this book after getting it from the library, and as a result, I have just purchased a copy through Amazon because it is worth having a personal copy to dip into in the future.

I found the remarks of a previous reviewer ('dreadful book' and 'a vicious attack' and 'this book verges on slander') a distressing example of why Christianity is declining (a...
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1.0 out of 5 stars A vicious attack
I was given this dreadful book as a present. It is a vicious attack on those who take the word of God seriously based on prejudice rather than reason. It claims to be putting forward a rational argument but it is actually an escape from the reality of God. A dangerous distortion of what faith is about, this book verges on slander.
Published on 11 Nov. 2010 by Colin Strong


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing vicious about it, 28 July 2011
This review is from: Grace, Order, Openness and Diversity: Reclaiming Liberal Theology (Paperback)
I have read this book after getting it from the library, and as a result, I have just purchased a copy through Amazon because it is worth having a personal copy to dip into in the future.

I found the remarks of a previous reviewer ('dreadful book' and 'a vicious attack' and 'this book verges on slander') a distressing example of why Christianity is declining (a recent survey stated there would be no C of E left in 20 years!!). I would have hoped for a more thoughtful and spiritual review of a book that tries very hard to seek the mind of God, and examine the process of Christian thought over the last two millenia, and shows love and respect for those who don't necessarily agree with a particular and exclusive interpretation of the truth. Jesus spoke in parables, and often asked questions in response to questions because He wants us to think things through, guided by the Holy Spirit, and taking account of the fact that things change over time. Jesus' all-encompassing wisdom is shown by the fact that He showed there could be no set of black and white rules suitable for all times and places, and so He never gave us those, instead He sent us the Holy Spirit (thank God!) to help us interpret the scriptures in our search for God's truth. Ian Bradley, in this book, demonstrates clearly the God-given benefits of this approach. A book worth reading by anyone, and particularly by those who are trying to make sense of their Christian journey and who want to show the mind of Christ to colleagues, family, friends and neighbours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Answer to fundamentalism, 2 Aug. 2010
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This is a very timely counter-attack on fundamentalism while expounding the legitimate theological basis for liberal evangelicalism. It is well written and accessible to any interested party.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 2 Mar. 2014
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Love the way this man writes. He talks a lot of sense. He also brings in hymns which I love.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging book, 8 Aug. 2012
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After hearing Ian Bradley give a paper at a Free to Believe conference I had to learn more from this author. There is so much good sense in what he says and writes. This is a thoughtful book, so it is not a quick read, but its proclamation of an inclusive liberal outlook is refreshing. One similarly-minded friend who read my copy after me was not as enthusiastic about all the views expressed as I was after reading, but nevertheless like most of the book. Therefore this is a "must-read" for thoughtful people.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A vicious attack, 11 Nov. 2010
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I was given this dreadful book as a present. It is a vicious attack on those who take the word of God seriously based on prejudice rather than reason. It claims to be putting forward a rational argument but it is actually an escape from the reality of God. A dangerous distortion of what faith is about, this book verges on slander.
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