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CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 Practice Questions Exam Cram (5th Edition)
CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 Practice Questions Exam Cram (5th Edition)
by David L. Prowse
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good study material for new exam, October 30, 2013
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I had the textbook for the 701 ands 702 and studied it together with this material and passed the test. It is well done and also gets you thinking in terms of how the test will work.

Frisbee Golf Fly Right Starter Set
Frisbee Golf Fly Right Starter Set

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5.0 out of 5 stars A useful set and hours of fun!, May 29, 2009
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Frisbee golf is a great sport and this is probably the best value you will find regarding disc golf on The set includes a tote bag, a wipe-off towel, a marker (which can be used in multiplayer games or as a tee for a makeshift course), an intstructional DVD (which explains each disc, throwing methods, and game objectives, it's pretty good); and a putter, mid range, and turnover driver.

I would categorize the discs as such:
putter: as name suggests, you throw this when you are close to the target, within 30 or 40 feet.

mid-range: I find that this disc veers the most after you throw it, and could be categorized as a 50-100 foot use.

turnover: Of the three, this one goes the furthest and is supposed to be best for special throws (like the haizer). Use this for anything over 100 feet.

Now if you add to this the Disc Golf Association XL Superdrive, which unfortunately you would need to purchase separately, you have a complete set, for the XL Superdrive, I know for a fact, can go 200+ feet. Taking these two items (Superdrive disc and this starter set) and buying them together will complete your frisbee golf set.

Now you might be content without getting the Superdrive, because your local course may have shorter holes, but in my hometown we have a course with 500-550 foot holes. Thus the Superdrive helps "round out" my set.

Frisbee golf is lots of fun and I've already logged in about 50 to 75 hrs on these bad boys. In addition, you can make up your own course. You can play alone or with friends. I enjoy this immensely.

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5.0 out of 5 stars suggestion to starting frisbee golfers, May 29, 2009
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If you are an outdoor enthusiast who wants to pick up a semi-casual but very fun, sport, frisbee golf might be good for you. If you combine this driver with the Wham-O Golf Flyright Frisbee starter set that I also reviewed, then you could get a good complete set for about 50$ that would include a wipe off towel, marker, tote case, and instructional video. This disc would function as your longest distance driver, with distances over 175 feet. I have gotten it to go about 200+ feet with not too much practice. This is your long distance driver. Combine this with the Wham-O Golf Flyright Frisbee starter set, and you will be in business! On a side note, frisbee golf discs have different aerodynamics than regular frisbees. It will take time to get used to them.

Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy)
Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy)
by C. S. Lewis
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of an Amazing Adventure, April 7, 2009
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Early in the book a man named Ransom is travelling from town to town in search of lodging. Ransom is a professor of philology, an academic discipline where words, phonetics, and other linguistic constructs are observed. Ransom comes across three men fighting, and through a twist of fate is kidnapped by two professors who are going to explore a planet called Malacandra.

After their touch down in Malacandra, Ransom is blown away by the vast differences between Earth and Malacandra. The three men are confronted by giant ghost-like creatures. Ransom runs for his life, and becomes stranded alone on the strange planet. This is the story of his adventures and exploration of the planet Malacandra.

The main reason I give this four stars is probably because I haven't read the rest of the trilogy yet, but the story is very exciting once the plot is set up about a third through the book. I can't tell you more than what is above for concern I might give away something.

Unfortunately, some of my favorite parts of the book fall into that category of stuff I can't give away. However, what I can say is this. Science fiction often encourages our philosophical and theological imagination. The effectiveness with which Lewis does this is significant. I highly recommend this book.

Christ and the Media
Christ and the Media
by Malcolm Muggeridge
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Thought Experiment, March 28, 2009
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What if Jesus was confronted with a fourth temptation, namely that he get his own T.V. rights? That is the thought experiment that stimulates Malcolm Muggeridge to lecture on that subject.

Christ and the Media is, at its core, an analysis of how the world of modern media has impacted the Christian worldview and lifestyle which Jesus asked his disciples to follow. Muggeridge makes some significant remarks about how an image based cultural heritage differs from an oral traditional heritage. Where once word of mouth and written dialogue were the primary form of cultural transmission, the 20th century and onward has seen a revolution in which the primary mode of cultural transmission has become audio-visual.

I think most of the other reviewers have hit on many of the strengths that this book has on a philosophical and theological level. However, I believe the book has another appeal within that should arouse the interest even of the non-Christian reader; namely the aforementioned anthropological reflection on how the mode of cultural transmission has shifted. I firmly believe, just as a basic human being, that it is important to think critically of the audiovisual transmission of culture as absolute. The height of technological ability in the West has rendered us even more isolationist in our dealings with other human beings. People in neighborhoods don't wave to one another anymore, and we are too busy creating idealized, fictional self-representations on MYSPACE to allow ourselves basic intimate conversations with the human beings closest to us. These are the repercussions of such a shift in cultural transmission.

Not only does Muggeridge address this, but he also addresses some important epistemological issues like the relationship between perception (say, seeing something on TV) and the concept of truth (yeah it was on TV, but is it true, partially true, or totally false, or conditioned severly by certain ideological preferences?). There is a difference, he would say, between seeing with the eye and through the eye. Muggeridge makes this philosophical realization which I believe is critical to the survival of Western civilization.

A critic might look at Muggeridge and believe him to be some sort of Puritan whacko who wants to censor anything remotely contradictory to the Christian faith. This is not so. Read his 'Chronicles of Wasted Time' and you find that he has been a journalist or teacher in Egypt, the USSR, and India, and had a father who was a socialist with strong Marxist leanings, including at minimum a strong cynicism toward religion of any kind. What he wants to do with the book, first and foremost, is describe the impact of television and other forms of media unique to the 20th and 21st centuries on Christianity and also consider how Christianity might interact with the media. However, as I said before, I think the book makes a relevant point for ALL people who have been heavily influenced by TV and the Internet, not just Christians. For this reason alone, I highly recommend this book.

How Should We Then Live? (L'Abri 50th Anniversary Edition): The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture
How Should We Then Live? (L'Abri 50th Anniversary Edition): The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture
by Francis A. Schaeffer
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5.0 out of 5 stars A question we all have to ask ourselves, April 25, 2008
A question we all have to ask ourselves, when we analyze our philosophical presuppositions about truth and morality, IS, "How Should We Then Live?" Whether we care to think about and admit it, we are all active moral agents in the world around us. Francis Schaeffer was a man consumed by this responsibility, and also a man passionate about his Christian faith. I chalk up a lot of the one star reviews to the latter fact about his life.

The book's first few sentences are indicative of the book's path and purpose: "There is a flow to history and culture. This flow is rooted and has its wellspring in the thoughts of people. People are unique in the inner life of the mind- what they are in their thought world determines how they act." Schaeffer then gives a brief summary of Western culture and thought. He shows how the changing philosophies and the "pop culture" play off of one another.

Meanwhile, in an evaluation of the book we must also heed Schaeffer's disclaimer: "In no way does this book make a pretense of being a complete chronological history of Western culture. It is questionable if such a book could even be written." (15, Author's note)

I think that Schaeffer's most apt observation is Hegel's influence on philosophy and epistemology, and the resulting smorgasbord of "truths" that result. If ideas are no longer "true" and "false" but somehow combinable, one cannot emphasize enough how much this has relativized the entire Western way of thinking. Once truth is relativized, the ability to claim one idea as "right" and another as "wrong" vanishes; people begin to make decisions in terms of convenience and expediency rather than definite moral principles. One could argue that this moral attitude has always existed; however Hegelian epistemology could be said to have institutionalized relativism. Schaeffer argues this (162-163,215-220).

In a Western world where the only absolute is skepticism; any meaningful basis for society, any truth around which a country or group could define themselves, is instinctively undermined. Here Schaeffer was once again prophetic; predicting the growing skepticism of the West a good fifteen to twenty years before the phrase "hermeneutic of suspicion" became the predominant, if not exclusive, academic ideology of most universities. Consider his words on page 202: "If people begin only from themselves and really live in a universe in which there is no personal God to speak, they have no final way to be sure of the difference between reality and fantasy or illusion." This is the philosophical child, you might say, of Descartes and existentialists.

Of course there is much more Schaeffer could have said. There is, just in this one review, much more I'd like to say. However, I've blabbered on far enough already; let me say that I recommend this book to all Christians and to any thoughtful, open-minded person who is interested in the philosophical and historical progression of the West as seen through the eyes of a Christian thinker.

The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy: Three Essential Books in One Volume
The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy: Three Essential Books in One Volume
by Francis A. Schaeffer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewing the links between culture and religion, April 1, 2008
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This book contains three books. It is an anthology of Francis Schaeffer's work. The books are "The God Who Is There," "Escape from Reason," and "He Is There and He Is Not Silent." Francis Schaeffer was an author who tried to keep fingers on the pulse of culture. He often related arts and other cultural institutions to the changing world views throughout history.

Schaeffer was indeed a Christian, and one of the most engaging Christians with the world in a period through the 60's when many said, like Nietzsche, that "God is dead." Yet his primary point, notwithstanding, is that the philosophy of the modern west no longer maintained a view of absolute truth which unified fields of knowledge and rational thought.

Schaeffer's primary critique of western culture was its shift from Aristotelian and logical forms of epistemology, to Hegelian synthesis. Where once ideas could be considered distinctly "true" or "false," the modern Hegelian method would be an ongoing syncretism, a synthesis, of different propositions. Sometimes these propositions would even be contradictory ones.

Instead of saying either A or B, A is true, therefore B is false, the new logic says A and B are opposing views, but they can come together to form something new. Thus reason itself is endangered. If neither true nor false can exist, then the weight of authority is ultimately placed on the individual, and a new form of sophistry (man is the measure of all things) is born.

This philosophy of synthesis became the underpinning for moral, theological, and epistemological relativism. Yet if truth which is absolute does exist in the world, then our modern system of thought does not accurately "correspond" to reality.

The Christian believes that absolute truth exists, and is communicated in understandable form through the Bible. Francis Schaeffer suggests the Bible is proof that "He Is There and He Is Not Silent." Through the Bible, important truths, truths which appeal to all people, and are therefore absolute, become known.

As for myself, I can attest that "the hermeneutics of suspicion" and "deconstructionism" are so fully employed as philosophies at our universities and graduate schools today, that views like Francis Schaeffer's are quite literally censored. On the first day of class, my OT teacher came in and the first thing she said was "there is no absolute truth." Considering how strongly I felt to the contrary, I almost got up and left, but I stayed and tried to politely remain a good student. Point being, I have direct experience with Schaeffer's predictions. Love or hate the man, his evaluation of what western culture has become philosophically is nearly flawless in how prevalently it has come true.

I likewise find that critics that say that this is feelgood pap for Evangelicals haven't read the book thoroughly. Schaeffer accuses Evangelicals of being intellectually lazy and decadent. Furthermore, he accuses us of being morally and philosophically complicit in the advances of Hegelian synthesis as a cultural modus operandi.

This man is a man who truly understood the implications, the ripples, caused by the introductions of new philosophy into a culture. Christians and even open-minded skeptics will find Schaeffer to be full of great insights and challenges. I deeply love this man's work, and also recommend "How Should We Then Live?"

The Miracle Maker - The Story of Jesus
The Miracle Maker - The Story of Jesus
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pastor's Dream, February 12, 2008
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This movie is a great movie to show at your church. It is a great compilation of the four Gospels. Basically the movie is delivered in a "claymation" format, with a few animated interludes.

The movie, quite simply, is a presentation of what the life of Jesus was like based upon the four Gospels. There are times where the filmmakers may have to create a few transitions that aren't strictly Biblical. For instance, we don't know that Jairus' daughter watched Jesus as a carpenter (as portrayed in the opening scene); yet based upon what we do know, it is very plausible.

So overall, this movie is written and produced with the DEEPEST respect for Jesus as presented in the Bible. NT Wright, the only orthodox NT scholar I was allowed to read in my Divinity School, was one of the main advisors on this project. With all the "Last Temptations of Christ" and "Jesus Christ Superstars" out there, this movie is a huge breath of fresh air.

As a pastor, I find this movie an exceptional teaching tool. It allows people to see and feel the Jesus story in its proper historical context. The voiceovers are superb and most of the best Bible stories (the temptation of Christ, the Good Samaritan, Lazarus' resurrection)are included. Furthermore, rather than taking a slice of Jesus' life, like the "Passion," it is a whole telling of the New Testament story. This movie is arguably the best Jesus movie to exist right now.

Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message
Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message
by Ravi Zacharias
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overall an interesting approach, February 12, 2008
"Jesus Among Other Gods" is a book that is bound to be controversial. I say this first in my review because while most people may understand their religious differences with Ravi, they may not be aware of epistemological differences. Ravi, assuming that absolute truth is within human grasp, directly undercuts that relativistic tendency of modern religious thought. So when you read this book, please take note of this important detail.

A good summary paragraph of this book is "The route I have followed is to present a clear difference between Jesus and any other claimant to divinity or prophetic status. I have taken six questions that Jesus answered in a way that none other would have answered." (ix of intro)

The six questions which Ravi sees through the eyes of Jesus are: 1) Addressing a heavenly home 2) The anatomy of faith and the quest for reason 3) A Taste for the Soul 4) Is God the source of my suffering?
5) When God was silent 6) Is there a gardener (resurrection and life issues) Through these issues he tries to establish that Christianity is a faith with unique answers. Page 7 is the definitve push toward this thesis and path the book takes.

And here I think any true student of religion will be hard pressed to deny that the major world faiths sustain some significantly different truth claims. Some examples in the book that illustrate this well are:

Kharma and reincarnation are indispensable beliefs to the people of the East, Hindus and Buddhists. Compare this to Muslims, Christians, Jews, and agnostics/atheists who overwhelmingly believe that we live once.

Even within the ranks of similar religions there are disagreements. Though both Muslims and Christians are monotheists,a Muslim's view of Allah and the trinitarian view of Christianity are very different.

I have to agree with the idea that the religions of the world have some fundamentally different philosophical assumptions and ultimate life goals for their respective adherents.

Meanwhile, this book is written less in a formulaic and logical hardliner format. It is a personal book. Ravi recounts experiences in his own life. It's less a philosophical treatise and more of an essay. At times I think Ravi could have kept his thoughts more tidily, but his personal style is very endearing.

Also, do not make the assumption that just because he believes Christianity is true that he does not respect other thought systems: "I have walked through temples, mosques, and other religious sites. I have spoken to students at universities in which the predominant religion is not Christian. In the course of this, I have met some very fine and gracious people." (ix, intro) I believe he is sincere when saying this.

I highly recommend this for the more casual philosopher and seeker. I also recommend it for the Christian reader.

The Gospel According to Relativity
The Gospel According to Relativity
by James W. Geiger
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some very important points are made here, November 5, 2007
The Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament of the Holy Bible, are meant to bring good news to the world through the revelation that Jesus is God's son who died for the sins of the world and resurrected in three days.

The Gospel According to Relativity is a book that shows that the Gospels can relate to many different worldviews and modern ways of thinking, for instance, the theory of relativity. In this review I would like to chronicle what I believe are Geiger's best insights.

1.) Relativity is a scientific theory in the field of physics. It does not establish that moral, social, or religious truths are "relative" to the eye of the beholder. The introduction to the book, a nightmare of Albert Einstein's, rightly demonstrates that the relatvity of physics should not be extrapolated to other academic disciplines.

2.) Geiger does an excellent job in relating important tasks and understandings to the Christian apologist today, including:
A.) the constant value of Jesus Christ and the Gospels despite living in a pluarlistic world.
B.) Geiger demonstrates points of view and philosphical presuppositions which are nonuniform, or even contradictory to Christianity as it is generally understood
C.) Geiger reminds us with the concept of uniformity and nonuniformity that Christianity is one among many religions and that it can coexist with other faiths without relativizing its truth claims.
D.) Using the idea of uniformity and nonuniformity Geiger shows the difficulties in too much religious or political syncretism, and in addition sharply and deftly shows the difference between relativism and pluralism.

3.) In a day and age where Jesus himself, not merely his followers, are often viewed more negatively, Geiger reminds the culture of the relevance of Jesus to even those outside of faith through various levels of meaning. If nothing else, for instance, people can identify with some of the idealism that Jesus taught, such as love and humility.

4.) This is less an insight than a method, but Geiger draws upon several different academic disciplines, from theatre to science, to demonstrate the validity and value of the Gospel message. His interdisicplinary style makes for more interesting reading.

This is a book you may be so interested in, that you finish it in one to two readings and find yourself reading it again. I highly recommend it.

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