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Keystone Bold Text Pew Bible-KJV
Keystone Bold Text Pew Bible-KJV
by National Publishing Company
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars :.:, April 4 2004
KJV is not a bad format, depending on the apporach you decide to take to Bible. If it is for faith affirmation, go ahead, surround yourself with inauthentic, incorrect, archaic thous and shalts of KJV. If uncovering the deep metaphoric layers is what you want, abandon this pompous stupidity at all costs. Incorrect translations and all to big liberty-takings destroy what literary value this book has. Look elsewhere if your aim is to study mythology and metaphor in the book.

The Black Album
The Black Album
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pitiful, Feb. 22 2004
This review is from: The Black Album (Audio CD)
Jay-z lacks anything, but the ability to take advantage of a good thing. After his phenomenal Reasonable Doubt he could relax and lower his standards to attract new fans. It is a sad choice he has made; and the array of albums consequent to Reasonable Doubt are reminders of the killed potential. The lyrics on these consequent commercial albums have gotten exceptionally weak and the beats have regrettably departed from the original jazzy melody; the Black Album gauges just this separation from the original. Every album after Reasonable Doubt has been a backstab to the original fans as his lyrics and content plummeted and plummeted and plummeted until he has made a weak retirement on this very weak album: a real teenage boy and girl pleaser.
Lesson: do not be a backstabbing ... and best not make high standards for yourself if you cannot compete with them.

The Power of Myth
The Power of Myth
by Joseph Campbell
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars :.:The Power of Myth:.:, Jan. 28 2004
This review is from: The Power of Myth (Paperback)
Content: J. Campbell is a comparative scholar of mythologies, so expect many comparecents between world religions. Also note that the book is written in the form of a dialogue- interview.
It is very easy and simple to follow the conversation- the language is not some convoluted elite jargon but simple human language. J. Campbell is obviously an atheist but not in a Nitzschean way. In fact he doesn't preach at all but lets you form your own conclusions about the subject. Some of his analysis of religions is very interesting and enlightening- I bet most christians never thought of the bible as a metaphor. Though, you could say that Campbell is too Platonic- there is a lot of idealism in his conception of the power of myth.
The Point of the Book: The point of this book is to illustrate how a myth is still very much relevant to today's world, in spite of common conception. He doesn't, however, suggest we go back to old beliefs, but rather that we form new ones, foot-in-foot with modern mentality and fast paced world.

The Gay Science: With a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs
The Gay Science: With a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs
by Friedrich Nietzsche
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After having read the book..., Dec 29 2003
and having glanced over some reviews I have come to a conclusion, particularly about C. Khidr's review- Penguin classics was right- misinterpretation is very abundant... The text with many aphorisms and the fascinating prose that distinguishes Nietzsche from a multitude of other writers "dances"- however the dance comes at a price to the reader-
the dance is esoteric.
For those who say that the antireligious-antigod argument is weak, perhaps you'll be best served reading the Antichrist. Some Freud will do you well to explain psychology and how it leads to religion. Those who find psychological proofs unconvincing against God, are pretty much fools, as namely these arguments unravel the fabrication easily by showing the psychology behind the creation. As for the child-separated-from-the-mother, and thirst-leads-to-water arguments, I couldn't agree less. These are all physical arguments, while clearly religion and belief in God has rooted itself in spirituality; religion is far from praising physical attributes. Also, if you read psychology, the baby doesn't cry for its mother!-the baby cries for itself. Similarly, humans don't worship god!-they worship themselves. Besides haven't many authors already proven that creation of gods has been a means of control of power to actually disagree with Nietzsche on this point? And, thirst leads us to water? Hardly- I have never heard of anyone following their nose in a desert to water. Plus, once again this is a physical need while religion is spiritual. It seems that the only weak argument here is C. Khidr's.
As for the dominating-perspective anti-Nietzsche argument, this is clearly false also. Nietzsche himself states in Beyond Good and Evil, should you care to look, that this is only HIS perspective on truth.
How worshipping animals leads us to divine I do not understand. I hardly comprehend how the forms listed by C.Khidr manifest animal worship. Nietzsche says, and I agree, religion and current forms of government are anti natural, not to mention contradictive (have you ever though that in democracy freedom, equality, rights, and unity are incompatible?). And aren't animals part of nature?
He doesn't question his suppositions you say? Why, of course he does. If you have cared to read the introduction by r.j. hollingdale to Thus Spoke Zarathustra, he says that Nietzsche was forced to qualify, agree, or negate opinions within his own text because of the lack of audience at that time.
Remember, Nietzsche is not something to dive in head first and make immediate conclusions about.

by Thomas Nelson
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blasphemy, Dec 28 2003
It has always made me wonder: how can anyone paste together such two antithetical books together? There is absolutely nothing in common between the 2 testaments- even God is different.
The Old Testament: If the old testament was the whole bible, I would accept and cherish the Bible. There God knows how to pity, bu punish as well. He takes action, and though far from a superior Greek god, still something acceptable. The Old testament speaks of great people; people who destroy and create. If the idiotic 6-day creation and the whole Garden of Eden idiocy were taken out, what an amazing book!
The New Testament: This traces some sort of degeneration of man? Assuming, of course, that Bible was inspired and written by men; I shall not delve into the stupidity of the belief that it was inspired and written by God. Anyhow, how did the strong humans, the strong God, degenerate into sickly effeminate, pitying, weeping bastards? Instead of creating and destroyng, the people in the new testament seem to be obsessed with sitting impotently and weeping to God! And what this even more idiotic is that God can do nothing but sit and weep to men! There seems to be some different relationship between them perhaps- it has somehow gotten insidiously disfigured. Let us be weak, decrepit, and poor and we shall get manna- our new Garden of eden! What? How is this even remotely similar to the old testament? Perhaps those who wrote the old testament were strong, confident, noble humans; while the poor new testament got some sick, slave-minded, repulsing, idiotic, dirty, effeminate swines to write it.
What a weeping shame- one of the greatest books pasted together with the worst! book mankind has ever had the mind to write. And you know what is even more disagreable about the whole affair? Everybody seems to like and drink the poison of the New Testament more.
Finally, I shall quote and briefly interpret three passages from the New Testament to demonstrate the sheer foolishness of this work:
1."Take up thy Cross and follow me!"- while most people believe it urges to live dangerously, let us look at the symbols: the cross?- a handicap, everything that is attached and suffering on it is divine! In essence, "The sick and crippled swines, follow me!"
2."And God hath chosen the weak things of the world, the foolish things of the world, the base things of the world, and things which are despised."- this one speaks for itself.
3."'Know yea not that yea are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelt in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple yea are." --For that sort of thing one cannot have enough contempt..." [Nietzsche, The Antichrist, sec.45]
If you worship this drivel and claim it to be the truth, it is your choice. But let it be known to you that you are then a pig-a moral pig with convictions, if that makes you happier.

The Prince
The Prince
by Niccolo Machiavelli
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Prince, Dec 13 2003
This review is from: The Prince (Mass Market Paperback)
What makes the prince a classics is that if one substitutes competing businesses for rival empires and subordinate employees for faithful troops and soldiers it still remains relevant and pertinent to some extent. Take note however that machiavelli was no successful stateman himself; although that is why he can perhaps offer valuable lessons from an interesting perspective. Do not, however, overanalyze this book Machiavelli was no philosopher either, so there may be a few inconsistencies and unexpanded-on thoughts.
A word about this edition- I would rather recommend the Everyman's hardcover edition. It's a measly few more bucks, but you get a much better looking edition plus two extra works of Machiavelli- "Description of the Methods Adopted by Duke Valentino" and "The Life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca".
Machiavelli may not have been successful as a statesman but he is plenty successful as a political analyst with a few flaws here and there, of course...

by Thomas Hobbes
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Foolish, Dec 13 2003
This review is from: Leviathan (Paperback)
While to many this book may seem strange and lacking optimism it is possibly a foundation for the more mob oriented governments, such as communism and democracy (in the sense that it provides equality for all save the ruler, who gets ultimate power). However, as with other books such as Plato's Republic, we are ultimately dealing with undercrediting human beings for their complexity. It seems that Hobbes is only able to see humans capable of being evil, brutish, and short, while not considering many, many, many other qualities a human can take on. I cannot blame Hobbes for being appaled at the sight of the war he fought, but this is only one face of human kind- a violent expression of the will to power if you will. Besides, if humans are so corrupt what guarantees that the people under the supreme ruler will not ultimately destroy the ruler with their brutishness? Above all, if all men are evil brutish and short how is it ever possible to find a ruler that may take over the people?
I cannot however discredit Hobbes for his influence on the more correct philosphers, such as Nietzsche (remember the Ubermensch?) and fortification against anarchists. We could have, however, done with out his obvious influence on nihilism, though it is not his fault forbeing misread.
A note on the edition: as always I was satisfied with the quality of Penguin Classics in introducing the text and the annotations. I give the edition 5 stars; but the content of Hobbes's philosphy deserved just 1.

Basic Writings of Nietzsche
Basic Writings of Nietzsche
by Friedrich Nietzsche
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Contra, Dec 13 2003
This is an excellent introduction to Nietzsche's philosphy with some of the major and most acknowledged of Nietzsche's works (it could have done better having Thus Spoke Zarathustra and Antichrist, but the problem is easily fixed by the Complete Nietzsche also purchaseable here on amazon). However, here lies the problem. These are the most acknowledged wors of Nietzsche, and as Kaufmann himself states in his biography of Nietzsche, Nietzsche's more private philosphy is a bit different from that which he put in his most famous book. Of course this is not as to discredit the philospher of the Complete works, but simply that the Complete works could have also included some of the lesser known material, as the Complete nietzsche does.
As to the critics of the inconsistency of Nietzsche's philosophy I have a message also. First of all ,and most fundamentaly, I do not understand why Nietzsche is observed in terms of other philosphers. If someone wants to disprove Nietzsche for his contrdictions and fallacies Nietzsche must not be viewed in terms of an unrelated outside subjects but in the terms of Nietzsche himself. If his critics would have done that and knew Nietzsche better than they apparently claim to, they would have known that Nietzsche was very dynamic in his philosphy, something that makes him attractive and easy to relate to. It is exactly this progress from religious to nihilistic to hopeful that produces an illusion of contradictions, while all along this are simple faults in trying to bridge the philosphies together without having to refute his older beliefs (Hollingdale, Intro to Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Penguin Classics ed.). While some might believe that the dynamismn of Nietzsche destroys his credibility, the effect is obviously opposite. It is through his growth and incredible 180 turns that he is able to polish his philosphy and make it as perfect as possible. His philosphy is not something as static as of Kant (poor old Kant seemd to be obsessed with Critiques), and static philosophies leave a lot of room in themselves for mistakes. Change, as Nietzsche believed was a fundamental process, and he especially stated this in a Zarathustra chapter, the name of which I cannot recall; it is a process that solidifies and perfects man, and this is what Nietzsche did to his philosphy.

The Adventures of Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark / The Temple of Doom / The Last Crusade) (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
The Adventures of Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark / The Temple of Doom / The Last Crusade) (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Harrison Ford
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5.0 out of 5 stars ....., Dec 4 2003
It was very nice to see this compilation of the Indiana Jones films, though I would have been able to appreciate them much more were they sold separately- not as a compilation.
This set features some of the best adventure films ever from the Indiana Jones series, plus the extra commentary on the making. My personal favourite film in this series is the Last Crusade where we get a glimpse at Indiana's father and Indiana gets an autograph from Hitler.
Also, it would have been much less complex had the DVD had both the widescreen and fullscreen versions, as some other films do. No seriuos technical mistakes, though one of the DVD's stopped dead and I had to re-insert it into the DVD player; and the audio could have been improved a bit also.

Sophies World
Sophies World
by Jostein Gaarder
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Flaccid, Sept. 6 2003
Sophie's World, it would have best been not named a novel. Yes there is that aspect of novel to it, but it is so dilute and weak that it makes the fiction in this book unnecessary and redundant. Nonsensical, imprudent, and diaphanous fictional story line do nothing more than deface its value. The characters lack dimensionality and their personality and history are left in obscurity. The fictional story line is fragmented and disconnected. The ending is not only asinine but also obscene. The causes for the actions of the characters and why namely Sophie was chosen to learn the history of the philosopher is mysterious. Overall the fictional aspect is weak and lacking: unnecesarry.
Expanding on philosphy is , however, the strong attribute of this "novel". Although the information about the philosphers beliefs was vague and needed more depth, the implementation of the examples to facilitate the understanding of those beliefs was wonderful.
The reason for writing this book is puzzling. Perhaps it is a perfect guide to the philosophical thought for someone is in a hurry to be acquainted with it. Otherwise there are much more relevant works printed to provide much better information on the topic, to say nothing of the original works by the philosphers themselves. So, if expedient acquaintance with philosophy is what you want, this book I would somewhat recommend. And to Gaardener, my recommendation is to have written this book sans the fictional parallel.

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