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The Drama of Salvation: How God Rescues You from Your Sins and Delivers You to Eternal Life
The Drama of Salvation: How God Rescues You from Your Sins and Delivers You to Eternal Life
by Jimmy Akin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.15
40 used & new from $14.35

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Protestant who enjoyed it., July 26, 2015
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As a Protestant, I found this work very compelling and detailed. What it isn't: it is not a detailed rebuttal of every Protestant argument to the contrary. BUT, it is an excellent explanation of what Catholics believe using language Protestsnts can identify with. It's a great introduction, and the argumentation is very logical. It has persuaded me of several things after just an initial read. There will be things that initially rub Protestants the wrong way, but if you try to come at it with an open mind you will find much of that fall away. This is an excellent work, and I look forward to more titles from Mr. Akin. If for no other reason, check out this book so you know what Catholics believe, not what you think they believe. You may surprise yourself after reading this book.


Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture 1300-1700 (Herder & Herder Books)
Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture 1300-1700 (Herder & Herder Books)
by Scott Hahn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $50.84
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breakdown, July 11, 2013
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I am going to write two reviews, one before and after I've finished the book. I've decided to help folks out before I've finished because the only current review is by a gentleman who clearly hasn't even held the book. So I hope the following is helpful. The basic breakdown of the book is as follows:

1) Roots of the Historical Critical Method - "Here we wish to make clear again that we are not condemning the historical-critical method, but attempting to bring to light why is has particular characteristic effects that undermine or radically transform religious belief and how these effects are related to the method itself" (page 9).
They aim to reveal the presuppositions of the H-C method.
2) Marsilius of Padua and William of Ockham
3) John Wycliffe
4) Machiavelli
5) Luther and the Reformation
6) England and Henry VIII
7) Descartes an the Secular Cosmos
8) Thomas Hobbes
9) Spinoza
10) Richard Simon
11) English Civil Wars, Moderate Radicals, and John Locke
12) Revolution, Radicals, Republicans and John Toland
13) Conclusion: "[Speaking of Descartes, Hobbess, and Spinoza] It soon became apparent that, since the universe was an entirely law-governed, self-contained, and self-sustaining machine, that an active, living, creating, and redeeming God of the Old and New Testament would either have to be redefined (by being subsumed into nature via pantheism), relieved of the power to control or sustain His creation (thereupon standing outside of nature as an entirely dispassionate and detached watchmaker), or simply rejected (by the more radical of the radical Enlightenment)...since miracles had been excised from nature, they had to be removed form the text. Since nature was entirely defined by mathematics, knowledge of mathematical-mechanical laws displaced prophecy, and so prophecy had to be removed from the text..."

and so on in the conclusion...

basically arguing (and I believe correctly so) that the historical critical method is not devoid of presupposition, but rather full of it, and much of it incorrect presupposition.

I hope that's a helpful start for those looking to purchase the book. I will further review it once I've completed the read! From what I've seen, it's definitely worth the purchase.
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Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper
Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $11.99

41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Protestant Review: Excellent for what it is..., February 25, 2011
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I'll keep this concise by using bullet points.

Good:
1) Easily accessible to the average reader
2) Clearly links the Old Exodus with the New Exodus
3) Puts forth an interesting argument using the Lord's Prayer and its mention of "supernatural" bread
4) Puts forth a compelling argument linking manna, Passover and the Lord's Supper
5) Explains a very interesting argument about the Bread of the Presence from the OT

Needs Improvement:
1) Discussion concerning "drinking blood" was a mere few comments. Given his saying it was a huge objection, I was expecting much more. Hopefully in a future volume, he will go into more depth.
2) It really needs to have a companion edition with much more technical argumentation for a deeper analysis. This book is good for the average person in the pew, but I am now wanting much more in depth argumentation since I found his basis thesis very interesting and compelling.

It really bothers me, as a Protestant when people reviewing books give them one star without having read it. As of this posting, all of the one star reviews were clearly people who haven't even read this book. It's worth the read, and hopefully we will see a more technical follow up. You will be glad you got this book, but you'll be wanting more too...
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Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display
Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, quirks and all..., January 24, 2011
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I bought this product with a desire to switch to an electronic library as I ran out of physical space in my home. I wasn't sure what to expect based on other reviews, but they all seemed positive, so I thought I'd give it a go. Here are the good and bad:

Good:
1) Awesome battery life
2) Great contrast for reading (even in lower light situations...though note that you must have a light to read in the dark--it's not back-lit)
3) Good selection of books (and if you can find books on .pdf sites, they are also viewable)
4) Better prices on books
5) Navigation is as good as you can expect without a touchpad, but the various books themselves determine the ease of navigation (read reviews of books to see if people like the way they were formatted for kindle nav).
6) Instructions to set up were really easy
7) Sync is really easy
8) Great price
9) Easier on the eyes than a computer screen. Eyes aren't strained after prolonged reading.

Bad:
1) No color, and most books don't have illustrations that hard copies have.
2) Some books I really wanted aren't available on Kindle yet
3) Navigation in books is determined by the person formatting the book, so it's hit or miss depending on the uploader
4) If you are looking for anything more than an e-reader (for example: to show pictures, etc), this product isn't for you...but it doesn't claim to be anything other than an e-reader. I say this to help people who don't read the product description ;).

I highly recommend the product, and I was really hesitant at first to buy it. Really glad I did.


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