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The Authenticity of Faith: The Varieties and Illusions of Religious Experience
The Authenticity of Faith: The Varieties and Illusions of Religious Experience
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4.0 out of 5 stars Richard Beck at his most academic, 27 Dec. 2016
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Richard Beck's combination of psychological and theological insight (see his experimental theology blog) is always an interest read. This is the most academic of his books, reiterative and with quite a lot of space devoted to psychological research, and as such is the least enjoyable to read. The basic substance of it though is quite unique: grappling with unsympathetic 'functional' analyses of faith (particularly Freud, the idea that it placates various anxieties) by setting them against William James's broader descriptions of religious experience and testing them in the lab. More likely to appeal to a person of faith who is not afraid to confront uncomfortable realities than to the out and out non-believer.


The First Day of the Rest of Your Life
The First Day of the Rest of Your Life
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 29 May 2014
Affecting family drama, beautifully scripted, acted and directed. Don't expect a slow moving super-subtle French ensemble piece, it's full of humour and incident and always engaging. Leaves a warm glow.


Nymphomaniac: Volume I
Nymphomaniac: Volume I
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire, 28 May 2014
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Made it about half way through this turgid male fantasy. It's as though Lars Von Trier said to his leading ladies 'Can you be as limp and expressionless and lifeless as possible throughout'. Excruciating dialogue and acting. This is no 'Breaking the Waves'


Broken
Broken
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality!, 28 May 2014
This review is from: Broken (Amazon Video)
Never a dull day on this cul-de-sac! Eloise Laurence is fab as the wise beyond her years Skunk in this gritty drama full of well sketched characters. Beautifully economic in its storytelling and editing with some effective multiple-perspective views of key moments. Loved the way it kept many threads of a multi dimensional narrative rolling at once and although it was tragic and violent there was always hope and warmth close to the surface. Proper British drama in the Loach/Meadows vein (if a bit more middle class)!


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