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Review: On the Road to Armageddon: How Evangelicals Became Israel’s Best Friend
Published date: Friday, December 01, 2006
By: Mike Thompson

Mike takes a look at a book which traces the history of an idea—an idea concerning the course of human history in the light of biblical prophecy about the end times.

As the recent war in Lebanon was unfolding, BBC news noted the arrival of 3400 Christians in Washington for the specific purpose of lobbying the US government to support the state of Israel. The effort was planned long before the conflict between Israel and Lebanon erupted and formed

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Reasons to disagree with Richard Dawkins ... politely
Published date: Friday, November 17, 2006
By: Greg Clarke

Topping the nonfiction lists at present is Oxford Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion. Dawkins is up front about the purpose of his book: "If this book works as I intend, religious readers who open it will be atheists when they put it down". The marketing team should have considered a warning label!

More than anything, The God Delusion is concerned with the psychological damage that religious belief

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Filed under : RESOURCES• Book ReviewsTheology & Apologetics
Is the New Testament History?
Published date: Saturday, June 17, 2006
By: Paul Barnett

How well does the New Testament stand up to historical scrutiny? This new edition of a classic book contains fresh material comparing the Koran and the New Testament, exploring the nature of history writing, and more on the resurrection.

For people who doubt whether the message of Christianity in the Bible is a true record of history, or want to know how strong are the historical foundations of the faith, this is the book to get you started. In the

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Review: Philosophy and Religion: from Plato to Postmodernism
Published date: Saturday, June 17, 2006
By: Greg Clarke

This is a lucid and learned overview from one of Australia’s eminent academics in the area of philosophy of religion. Max Charlesworth was professor of philosophy at Deakin University and has written extensively on bioethical issues and on Australian Aboriginal religions. In this book, a rewrite of his 1972 volume, Charlesworth provides a ‘grid’ of the various relations between reason and religion since the ancient Greeks.

Files:

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Humanism for whom?
Published date: Friday, June 17, 2005
By: Jimmy Y. K. Ng

Edward Said invents some goals.

His book reexamines and reformulates humanism in 21st Century academic and political spheres. Damage was done to the study of humanism by structuralists and poststructuralists, especially the works of French theorists like Foucault and Barthes, who, continuing from Nietzsche, Freud and Marx, brought about the depersonalisation of the individual artist and author. Furthermore, over the past few decades, the humanities

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Cells and Souls
Published date: Saturday, January 01, 2005
By: Kirsten Birkett

Scientists wrestle with philosophy; theologians struggle with biology. The contemporary attempt to integrate these fields still has a long way to go.

To what extent do the biological/ neurobiological sciences help us understand issues of personhood and soul? To some, the answer is obvious: entirely. It is increasingly common to find cognitive scientists claiming not only that neurology is everything and consciousness simply one property of brain

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Filed under : RESOURCES• Book ReviewsScience & Medicine
Less enchanting than expected
Published date: Wednesday, November 17, 2004
By: Andrew Sloane
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The Re-enchantment of Nature, Alister McGrath, one of the most prolific of living evangelical theologians, turns his attention once again to the interface of science and Christian faith. As he notes in the introduction to this volume, this is a return to his roots—for McGrath was first a working scientist (in the field of molecular biophysics) before he turned to Christian theology. In this book he brings his two interests together, with a

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Trinitarian renovating
Published date: Wednesday, November 17, 2004
By: Stephen Cox

I live in Sydney, which means I am compelled to live and breathe real estate. My interest is piqued by special newspaper supplements, home improvement television and the headlining news of adjustments in interest rates. Even social conversation is frequently hijacked by concerns of who is looking for what, and who is doing up which so that they can sell it for something else. The ‘built environment’ has so filled our horizons that we cannot see past

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Wither witches?
Published date: Wednesday, November 17, 2004
By: Kirsten Birkett

In 1995, after completing my PhD on magic and the Reformation in England, I found myself being interviewed on talkback radio about witchcraft. It was a rather uneven interview: the interviewer was far more interested in one of the callers, a self-confessed witch, than she was in my academic research.

Most of the book is a collection of source material about witchcraft, including folklore, theology and legal writings; the best collection I have come

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God on the brain
Published date: Friday, October 01, 2004
By: Greg Clarke

A review of Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain by Antonio Damasio

Antonio Damasio’s book on the neurobiology of feelings and the pursuit of happiness is a little out of my area. I can’t comment on the discussion about the brain-stem switch, or the emotional impact of Parkinson’s Disease. I look forward to comments from qualified Christina neuroscientists. But I found these discussions fascinating, even to the lay reader, and on

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