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God, Christ and Us
God, Christ and Us
by Herbert McCabe
Edition: Paperback

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant survey of Christian teaching, 12 May 2004
This review is from: God, Christ and Us (Paperback)
This is a collection of sermons by someone who must rank as one of the great preachers in 20th century England. McCabe's style is simple and direct, and yet the ideas expressed here are subtle and rich. This is in large part due to his enviable practical knowlegde of Scripture and the theology of Thomas Aquinas. Thoroughly orthodox, McCabe nevertheless loved to provoke his listener to further thought by fresh presentations of old ideas. These sermons are an unusual mix of powerful rhetoric and good argument, not to mention a seasoning of wit! Highly recommended.


Mac OS X 10.3 Panther
Mac OS X 10.3 Panther

100 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent, 27 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Mac OS X 10.3 Panther (CD-ROM)
The best just got better. I have been a big fan of Mac OS X ever since the 10.0 beta days and each release seems to be slicker than the last, but Panther is a leap up from 10.2.
The first thing you will notice is how responsive the system is. Upgrades have a tendency to be slower than old releases but Panther is a lot faster. Apps launch faster. The new Finder is blindingly fast compared to 10.2.
The Finder is also very functional, with several nice interface improvements, including the side navigation bar, colour labels, and an optional "details" line under files telling you things it is useful to know, like how big a picture is or how many files a folder contains.
The improvements to Mail, including a huge increase in speed, proper topic threads (actually the best handling of threads I've seen), clever address handling and a sharper interface are a treat to use. The Address Book also gets an overhaul with easier editing. The always-available iDisk, with a local copy kept synchronised with your actual iDisk, is a nice usability improvement.
Exposé, which allows you to see all your open windows or your files on your desktop, is also useful, especially since I can now drag things straight off the desktop and into Mail without rearranging all my windows!
One feature I was very pleased about and doesn't seem to have been advertised by Apple is the new journaled file system. For the non-technically minded, it means less likelihood of losing your files during a power glitch, and faster booting.
Overall, I am very impressed. Well worth the price.


God Still Matters
God Still Matters
by Herbert McCabe
Edition: Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome addition to God Matters, 29 Aug. 2003
This review is from: God Still Matters (Paperback)
A second collection of articles and sermons by Herbert McCabe, one of the most brilliant British theologians of the 20th century. McCabe published very little while alive and so it is very exciting to see more of his writings being made available posthumously. The book again demonstrates the huge range of McCabe's thought and showcases once again his sparklingly lucid and witty prose. His article entitled "The Logic of Mysticism" is vintage McCabe, provocative, surprising and, above all, thoughtful. A must for anyone with an interest in thinking about God.


The Teaching of the Catholic Church: A New Catechism of Christian Doctrine
The Teaching of the Catholic Church: A New Catechism of Christian Doctrine
by Herbert McCabe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.95

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Catechism for the intelligent reader, 29 Aug. 2003
This Catechism, presented in the same "question and answer" style as the old penny Catechism, is a thoughtful and thought-provoking presentation of the Catholic faith which would especially suit an intelligent enquirer. Its order of presentation is excellent. Herbert McCabe is a born teacher, and this text shows the fruit of the four years he devoted to writing such a short work. This new edition has a lively introduction by Timothy Radcliffe, the former Master of the Dominican Order. I cannot recommend the book highly enough.


God Matters (Continuum Icons Series)
God Matters (Continuum Icons Series)
by Herbert McCabe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Theology at its best, 29 Aug. 2003
The book is a collection of articles by Herbert McCabe, one of the liveliest thinkers of English Christianity. It covers an enormous range of topics and all with McCabe's characteristic humour and elegantly simple presentation of deep topics. His essays on God, creation and evil with which the book begins, his debates with Maurice Wiles on the Incarnation and P. J. Fitzpatrick on the Eucharist and the beautiful extended sermon on hope are some of the finest examples of theology today.


Beast and Man: The Roots of Human Nature
Beast and Man: The Roots of Human Nature
by Mary Midgley
Edition: Paperback

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully thoughtful look at human nature, 29 Aug. 2003
Mary Midgley has made a career out of taking public muddles and examining them with a view to clearing up the muddle in a way which is always illuminating and often just obviously right. Here, she turns her wonderfully sharp attention to the debate between those who argue that human nature is a blank slate, completely open to shaping by the environment, and works which compare human behaviour with that of the other animals. In the process, she makes a brilliant contribution to our understanding of ourselves and our motives. This edition includes a new introduction where she points out that she has satisfied nobody in the debate. Well, I had my own disagreements at points, but I found her contribution readable, fascinating, penetrating and insightful as always. If you have any interest in what drives human beings, invest a few hours in this delightful book.


Theology After Wittgenstein
Theology After Wittgenstein
by Fergus Kerr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Wittgenstein, 10 Jun. 2003
In a way, it is a pity that the title of this book includes the word "theology" as this will put non-theologians off buying it, when it contains one of the best short introductions to Wittgenstein available anywhere. The book is clear and well-written, by someone with an enviable knowledge not only of Wittgenstein but also of theology. The first edition was criticised, with some justification, for being a bit light theologically, but Kerr has added a postscript which addresses this problem, at least to some extent. As theologians, we could all do with being more philosophically adept, and this volume shows one of Scotland's great theologians grappling with an important philosophical tradition. If you have any interest in Wittgenstein at all, or in the relationship of philosophy and theology, you should buy this book.


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