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Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth
If you are looking for a book tht weighs both arguments, analyses the strengths and weaknesses of both the hisoricist position and the mythicist posit...more
Nov 09, 2013
Nov 09, 2013
On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt
**spoiler alert** Quick note - review was done in a couple of stages, the first 6 chapters first, then the rest a week or so later

To start with, I kno...more
Jul 07, 2014
Jun 24, 2014
Jesus Outside the New Testament: An Introduction to the Ancient Evidence
This is an interesting book, an excellent summary of the extrabiblical evidence for Jesus. Where it fails, is the author's interpretation. At times, h...more
Feb 16, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
The Mystery of Metamorphosis: A Scientific Detective Story
I was hesitant about this book, as it seemed from the synopsis that it was pushing extreme or even crank views and to a large extent, this was correct...more
Mar 2014
Feb 25, 2014
The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood
I really liked this one. Much of it covers the development of Geology, how people learned about the rock formations on earth and the processes that cr...more
Aug 18, 2013
Aug 03, 2013
The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History
Interesting, and Gould writes well, but flawed.
When he talks about Dawkins and the Selfish gene, he is simply wrong, partly I think because he didn't...more
Jan 05, 2012
Jan 05, 2012
Plague Time: The New Germ Theory of Disease
Thematically, very similar to wildlife of our bodies, it didn't have quite that books tendency to blame a rigid scientific orthodoxy for failing to re...more
Apr 25, 2012
Apr 05, 2012
Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science
Over 50 years old and still fantastic reading. Interesting not just for what it says but for what it doesn't say. The section on crank medicien has ho...more
Feb 24, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
In the Hall of the Dragon King (The Dragon King, #1)
It felt like he just wanted to jump on the fantasy bandwagon without going to the trouble of creating a world, magic system or characters
Dec 28, 2011
Dec 28, 2011
On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not
There could be a really good book on the subject, but this is not it. Partly because there is a lot of more recent research - such as how people can b...more
Dec 23, 2012
Dec 16, 2012
Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All
As other have said, the title overstates the case and some of the so called myths are only held by non scholars, but the book is an excellent summary...more
not set
Oct 26, 2013
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
this was in some ways similar in scope to "Mistakes were made but not by me" in that it covered an area that is featured in many books on critical thi...more
May 28, 2012
Apr 05, 2012
The Wild Life of Our Bodies
Similar to the New Germ theory of disease in many aspects, the book argues not only that there are many diseases caused by either pathogens, or the la...more
Jan 2012
Mar 19, 2012
The Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse
Really interesting, though I had picked up much of it on various podcasts. It kind of concluded that repressed memory was unlikely and did not fit in...more
Dec 14, 2011
Dec 17, 2011
The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th-Century Science, Including the Original Papers
This was pretty good. I think it is easy to forget how much that is now considered pretty basic scientific knowledge, such as hormones, were pretty mu...more
Apr 07, 2012
Jan 08, 2012
The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts
Pretty interesting. I was surprised by how much solid biblical evidence there is for a lot of the bible stories. I think that other people might have...more
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 13, 2011
The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond The Grave
Interesting, partly for it's extremely narrow focus - the ressurection story in the New Testament and analysing the various arguments that it is histo...more
Apr 25, 2013
Apr 07, 2013
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
I liked it better than the first book (which is not to say I didn't like that, but this time, I don't particularly feel like waiting to find out what...more
May 03, 2012
May 04, 2012
Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality
Interesting, but too foccussed on the ideas of one man, who the author seems to think is fascinating. Also, the author is not a biologist (or I suspec...more
Aug 07, 2009
Aug 07, 2011
City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)
**spoiler alert** I did enjoy this book, but there were problems, firstly a lot of not much happening, but also, and perhaps this is just me, the Jem...more
not set
May 29, 2014
Alice in Zombieland
I actually liked this, which was a little surprising, partially because it was one of the Free Nook books, which are often not interesting, but also b...more
Dec 10, 2012
Dec 10, 2012
Relics of Eden: The Powerful Evidence of Evolution in Human DNA
I really liked this one. Most general books on evolution will have a chapter on the molecular evidence, but as this book shows, the molecular evidence...more
Aug 09, 2012
Aug 07, 2012
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)
I liked this, though I had the impression that they were being selective with their data and it was frequently clear that they weren't scientists, the...more
Oct 23, 2012
Oct 16, 2012
Gospel Fictions
Fascinating overview of the creation of much of the narratives in the New Testament gospels. Though it is a fairly short book, and only analyses a sel...more
Feb 20, 2014
Feb 15, 2014
The Red House Mystery
entertaining enough that I read the whole thing, which is rare for non fantasy/science fiction books, though as I managed with the Sherlock Holmes sto...more
not set
Feb 16, 2012
Magician's End (The Chaoswar Saga, #3)
Decent end, and it does leave me wondering how much was planned from the start. I know some of the big changes that occur were known 30 years ago, m...more
May 16, 2013
May 17, 2013
The Language of Genes
Sometimes, historical science is fascinating. Though much of this still applies, much is now outdated, and his open skepticism about the human genome...more
May 03, 2014
Mar 09, 2014
Peter Pan
I actually liked this. Some of it was very silly and old fashioned, but once I got ver that it was enjoyable. I'd never read it before, or seen the fi...more
May 15, 2012
Apr 28, 2012
The Woggle-Bug Book
By far the worst of the first five Oz books. The Woggle book character, transported to the real world has a series of adventures lusting after an item...more
Feb 17, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
Did Muhammad Exist?: An Inquiry into Islam's Obscure Origins
a lot of information, and he certainly makes his argument that the idea that the origins of Islam are well attested historically is not tenable, but I...more
Jun 27, 2014
Jun 21, 2014
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