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A Strong Delusion: Confronting the Gay Christian Movement
A Strong Delusion: Confronting the Gay Christian Movement
by Joe Dallas
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starter on pro-gay theology, 15 Oct. 2010
As he was under the strong delusion himself, he knows life from the inside. The pro-gay theology is built on lies, some of them very subtle, all the best lies have a half-truth in them. Dallas shines the light of truth on these lies and exposes them. The best bit of the book is his explanation of the Greek word arsenokoites (used in 1 Cor 6:9 and 1 Tim 1:10), this is derived from the Levitical prohibitions from the Septuagint (LXX) the Greek translation of the Hebrew OT. This demonstrates that Paul thought that the Levitical prohibitions on male-male sex applied in his day. This is an excellent starter for those wanting to examine pro-gay theology. For a more in depth treatment then consult the works of Robert Gagnon.

This book has been updated to The Gay Gospel?: How Pro-Gay Advocates Misread the Bible

Darwin The Voyage That Shook The World [DVD]
Darwin The Voyage That Shook The World [DVD]
Offered by christiandvd
Price: £9.95

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating - much better than I expected., 15 Oct. 2010
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Having watched something like this by David Attenborough or was it Andrew Marr? I was not expecting very much, but it made compelling viewing. It is a kind of biography of Darwin that majors on the Beagle. In particular it shows how Darwin was influenced by the uniformitarian geologist Charles Lyell, whose books Darwin read on the Beagle. Lyell's idea was that the earth was shaped by slow-moving forces still in operation today. The DVD views Darwin's voyage from the aspect of both the science of his day and the science of today. Modern geology is more and more seeing catastrophic geological events. Modern biology finds that finch's beaks on the Galapagos Islands change on an annual basis; and that land and sea iguana's mate, but they are supposed to be different species. The program features interviews with experts in various fields. Modern science is undermining the foundations of scientific dogma, as it should. The DVD must be good as it is rattling the cages of evolutionists who give it 1 star. The special features include about 30 minutes of material, e.g. more interviews which are fascinating. A well produced DVD, which I found fascinating.

Evolution: The Grand Experiment [DVD]
Evolution: The Grand Experiment [DVD]

16 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evolution? The Fossils still say NO!, 14 Oct. 2010
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The DVD looks at the fossil record to see if the missing links have been found to support the tree of life, as Darwin postulated. These days missing links are called transitional forms. In the film many palaeontologists from various museums around the world are interviewed. We now have vast collections of fossils, but the transitional forms are still absent. It looks at fish, bats, seals and pterosaurs which are all fully formed in the fossil record, there are no transitional forms. The program discusses archaeopteryx which may be a transitional form. Then it looks at the so called evolution of the whale, which included one example of extrapolation of data (the Rhodocetus fraud). And it finishes with the Chinese Archaeoraptor fraud which National Geographic published in 1999, but later retracted. All very interesting as it shows that the tree of life is assumed rather than proved. Duane Gish, author of "Evolution? The Fossils still NO!" appears in the film a couple of times. The DVD is not about young earth creationism, as the age of the earth is not discussed, it interviews palaeontologists (who are old earth).

For the book on the DVD, see: Evolution: The Grand Experiment: The Quest for an Answer: 1

They are working on a DVD about living fossils that should come out in 2011, for the book see Living Fossils: 2 (Evolution: The Grand Experiment).

God: New Evidence: How Recent Scientific Discoveries Point to the Reality of the Creator [DVD]
God: New Evidence: How Recent Scientific Discoveries Point to the Reality of the Creator [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Couchman

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The fine-tuning argument for God., 13 Oct. 2010
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The DVD looks at how fine-tuned our universe is to make human life possible. The constants of physics have to be absolutely right to allow life. In the program scientists and philosophers who are Christians explore the significance of fine-tuning; these include John Polkinghorne, David Wilkinson, Rodney Holder and Graham Swinerd. They also discuss the multiverse theory held by Dawkins, this theory is not observable by science and it is metaphysics. The film includes a discussion about Sir Fred Hoyle, who argued for a steady state universe. But he also worked out how Carbon could be produced in stars, great stuff, we are all made of star dust. Polkinghorne demonstrates that even an infinite set of universes might not generate our universe, because there can be an infinite series of even numbers, which contains no odd numbers. Of course, fine-tuning does not prove God; it only leads us towards Him. The most rational explanation for the fine-tuned universe is God rather than the multiverse. The multiverse explains nothing, but God explains much more. The discussions were fascinating. Scene titles are:

A very unlikely place.
Life on a razor edge
Just lucky?
Right for us?
God or the multiverse?
A deeper story.
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The Lennox Hitchens Debate - Can Atheism Save Europe? [DVD]
The Lennox Hitchens Debate - Can Atheism Save Europe? [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christopher Hitchens
Offered by christiandvd
Price: £8.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really a debate, 12 Oct. 2010
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This debate consisted of opening and closing statements with a little debate in between, and at about an hour it was too short. Lennox uses much of the same material he used in his two Dawkins debates. Lennox came out fighting all the time, with passion. Hitchens made his points, which were interesting, but he did not seem to have much passion in his presentation. This needed more real debate time to make it more interesting, another 30 minutes at least.

NB. Richard Dawkins was in the audience. A better debate is Dawkins And Lennox - Has Science Buried God? [DVD]

The Evolution of A Creationist [DVD] [2008]
The Evolution of A Creationist [DVD] [2008]
Price: £4.99

13 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to young earth creationism, 11 Oct. 2010
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My own position is old earth and Intelligent Design; I have studied young earth creationism about 30 years ago, I am not committed to a naturalistic explanation for life. The first two episodes are quite good as he lays down the issues involved; I found it interesting when he shows that Gen 1 is narrative and not poetry. He makes some obvious examples of creation like the giraffes neck and blood system. He shows how design is excluded from scientific papers. He also shows how we lose young Christians, when they go to university, when they are confronted with another world view. For example, where did Cain's wife come from, answer he married a sister, but that would be incest, answer no because the law on incest was given to Moses in Lev 19. He gives us some history about evolution and its developments in the USA including the Scopes trial. He takes the bible literally, and he is consistent here. He discusses the flood, is it global or local, and Noah's ark. He shows that the missing links in the fossil record are still missing. He also shows us some of the frauds of evolution, e.g. Haeckel's embryos. He distinguishes between micro-evolution, which is observable, and macro-evolution which is studied using forensic science. He offers us the tantalising clue that the pygmies in Africa have seen Dinosaurs, but there is no evidence. He makes one huge blunder when he says that there are no transitional forms between reptiles and birds, but he does not discuss or mention archaeopteryx. His biblical literalism led him to suggest that the sun might not be a star based on one bible verse, they should have edited that one out.

He rightly points out that the vast amount of information in DNA points to an intelligent designer (something that the ID group postulate). On the age of the earth it is 6000 years and he believes in the water vapour canopy, which is now in dispute among creationists. He is at his weakest on the young earth arguments in episode 4. The young earth arguments have been refuted by Christian scientists (Don Stoner, Hugh Ross and Alan Hayward). He does not believe in the big bang theory of origins, the science stands against him with the discovery of the microwave background radiation.

The DVD would suit those already committed to young earth creationism or those wanting to study it for the first time, but on the young earth arguments you should also study those books which refute it. Personally, I would not go down the young earth creation route, although it is fascinating and plausible. I can remember as a young man plotting out the age of the patriarchs on a graph and seeing how rapidly they fell after the flood.

Of course, the evolutionists are committed to find naturalistic explanations for everything (no God or design allowed), which is an article of faith. In science, God keeps on popping up, all very annoying for atheists (anthropic principle i.e. fine-tuning of physical constants, information in DNA, the beginning of the universe, origin for the laws of physics, origin of life, metamorphosis etc). In my lifetime science has become more God friendly not less. The evolution creation debate is about the clash of world views, and it involves faith, on both sides.

It is 4 episodes of about 60 minutes each. I gave it three stars because I agree with a lot of what he says, I just do not buy into young earth creationism, because the science stands against it.

For a book that refutes the young earth see Creation and Evolution: Rethinking the Evidence from Science and the Bible by a Christian physicist.

He has also written a book of the same title. The Evolution of a Creationist: A Layman's Guide to the Conflict Between the Bible and Evolutionary Theory

For a DVD that discusses the fine-tuning argument for God see: God: New Evidence: How Recent Scientific Discoveries Point to the Reality of the Creator [DVD]

For an introduction to Intelligent Design, see the DVD Unlocking The Mystery Of Life [DVD]

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent listener for the hard of hearing, 10 Oct. 2010
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This is a better listener than others because it uses headphones rather than ear buds. Headphones are more comfortable than ear buds and do not need to be constantly adjusted (also there is less risk of infection). Also you get very little feedback (squawking). It needs to be on a surface rather than on the body (like most listeners). So it is good for watching the TV. If you already have a listener with ear buds, I suggest that you try it with headphones instead, cheap light-weight ones will do.

I bought JVC Lightweight Headphones - Black, seems to work OK!

NB. In my research on listeners I later bought one that is both smaller and cheaper which works well Hearing Amplifier

Revelation (Geneva)
Revelation (Geneva)
by James Beverlin Ramsey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual but difficult for the modern reader, 9 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Revelation (Geneva) (Hardcover)
A pious study and difficult for the modern reader, but it gives the most spiritual interpretation of any commentary, a pity he did not write on the second half of Revelation (he covers ch 1-11). Not a light read but worth a serious study. First published in 1873 after his death in 1871, the introduction is by Charles Hodge.

James B Ramsey (1814-71) This is the only book he had published, and that after his death. "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Blessed indeed," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!" Rev 14:13.

The Book of Revelation (New International Commentary on the New Testament)
The Book of Revelation (New International Commentary on the New Testament)
by Robert H. Mounce
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic, 9 Oct. 2010
I regard the first edition of 1977 as a classic commentary on Revelation. If you already own the first edition it is not really worth upgrading to the revised edition. For the scholar Mounce has been overtaken by the much larger Beale. However for the student Mounce is still one of the best commentaries available, I used Mounce more than any other commentary on Revelation I owned and I would recommend it.

Note: Among 7 recent scholarly commentaries on Revelation Mounce is the fourth most cited author.

End note: Since I wrote this review in 2000 (amazon.com) Osborne has been published and I would now put that at the top of my list for students. However, Mounce is a good deal simpler for those studying Revelation for the first time.

Here is the link for Osborne Revelation (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)

More Than Conquerors: Interpretation of the Book of Revelation
More Than Conquerors: Interpretation of the Book of Revelation
by William Hendriksen
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A classic interpretation, recommended for the layman, 9 Oct. 2010
This is a classic interpretation of Revelation and one that I recommend for the layman. The first edition came out in 1939. It is of the idealist and Amillennial School, which makes Revelation meaningful today and not just to the future. He recognises that the purpose of Revelation is to 'comfort the militant Church in its struggle against the forces of evil'. It is not a verse by verse commentary, he discusses one passage at a time, which means that the book is readable. He is, as you would expect, thoroughly biblical and avoids the speculative nonsense that surrounds Revelation today. If you want a scriptural interpretation of Revelation then I warmly commend this book to you.

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