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There Really Is a Difference!: A Comparison of Covenant and Dispensational Theology
There Really Is a Difference!: A Comparison of Covenant and Dispensational Theology
by Renald E. Showers
Edition: Paperback
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85 of 124 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible, January 4, 2005
This is a terrible book. It isn't really a comparison of the two views, as it presents itself to be, primarily because it really only presents one view, that being the Dispensationalist view. The author gives a cursory reading of what he sees as the major points of Covenant Theology, but he mostly just uses it as a foil for his presentation of Dispensationalist Theology. Most of the book consists of arguments consisting of a brief reading of the Covenant view followed by a more thorough reading of the Dispensationalist view and then a discussion of how Scripture supports the Dispensationalist view.

The author does not present the two views in a fair-minded way. He does not use first-class sources for the Covenant view. He often uses scripture out of context, and fills words with dubious meanings without justification or argument. There is no bibliography per se, just a list of references in the end notes, so the book doesn't even really serve as a jumping-off point for a more thorough study of the questions it covers.

This is not a scholarly book. It isn't a good book. This is a book for people who are already solidly on the Dispensationalist side of the fence and want their current position supported. I recommend running away from this book with all possible speed.


In the Aeroplane over the Sea
In the Aeroplane over the Sea
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars why we're all sorry, December 19, 2004
This album is the reason we're all sorry Jeff Mangum stopped making music. Well, stopped making pop music, anyway. This album is a quirky meditation on sex, death, and Anne Frank, and it sounds like your standard four-piece pop ensemble bedded down with a Salvation Army band (remember Rainy Day Women, kids?) and woke up a week later expecting, well, this.

This isn't just a great album; it's also unexpected. Like the way Revolver came after Rubber Soul, or Nevermind after Bleach. There's very little in On Avery Island that anticipates the feel of this album, yet they seem somehow to be of a piece.

I would have loved to have been at the meeting at Merge where Mac and company got to hear this for the first time. It's just so totally different. In a good way.

Also, if you get a chance to hear any tapes or MP3s from the tour supporting this album, hear them. They've really got that "a whole lot more, but not for a whole lot longer" feel to them.

Buy. Enjoy. Or not. You can sell this baby back for most of what you paid for it. Honest.


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