Category: Reviews

Yuval Noah Harari’s ‘Sapiens’ and ‘Homo Deus’ – a depressing view of our Humanity

BY SARAH ALLEN - Harari’s rejection of meaning offers no hope for this chaos, but unintentionally points us in the right direction.   We humans desperately need meaning because we are cooperating and communicating persons made in the image of the personal three-in-one God.   We need to know that our values of love and justice and our feelings of pain and compassion are not part of a lifeless algorithm, or a convenient myth, but have significance beyond our brain chemistry

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Speak Up – The Law and Your Gospel Freedoms

Speak Up is a new resource from the Evangelical Alliance and the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship to equip and inspire Christians with confidence and knowledge of the current legal freedoms we have to share our faith. http://eauk.org/current-affairs/politics/speak-up.cfm “We have needed something like Speak Up for a long time. It is balanced, informative, clear, well-written, wise, biblical and …

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Challenging the Dominant Narrative

Solas book editor GAVIN MATTHEWS talks to acclaimed Christian apologist ALISTER MCGRATH about his new book, Inventing the Universe. Tell us about Inventing the Universe. What is it about, why did you write it, and who is it for?   I wrote it because I wanted to explain the kind of journey I made from being an atheist who thought …

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RELIGION MAKES PEOPLE ANGRY

War correspondent Michael Ware talks to Solas reviewer MARK HADLEY about his new documentary that details his descent into the darkness that is al Qaeda and Islamic State.      RATING:  18+  RELEASE DATE: November/December 2015    He is as Australian as they come and during our interview I get a sense of the “down under” jocularity that must have helped …

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VAN GOGH AND GOD

Celebrated as one of the world’s most influential artists, often neglected is the thread of Christianity that wove itself throughout the Dutch post-impressionist’s brief and at times turbulent life.  BY SUSAN MANSFIELD   I remember, once, listening to the curator of a major Van Gogh exhibition give an account of the artist’s life. Looking faintly embarrassed, she …

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A Mission of Mercy – book

Andrew Murray (not that one!) has written a book on Thomas Guthrie. You may remember that Guthrie’s “Ragged Schools” featured in last year’s conference, in David Robertson’s talk on Education and the Poor. Here is what Andrew says about his book: ‘A Mission of Mercy’ came out of a frustration that much of the Christian …

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Reclaiming Reason – book

Reclaiming Reason by Richard Gamble carries the very appropriate subtitle Believers Think – Thinkers Believe.  It is a concise and useful book that tackles five arguments for the existence of God along with five very common objections.  Richard hails from Glasgow and has links with Solas CPC through the Solas Connect training course.  He also …

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