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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-17

What an extended introduction...

I just can't continue to the next book, sorry. All the while I was wondering when the adventure might begin and now I know, in the next book.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-16

Should include "Church" in the title

This just wasn't what I was looking for. I imagine that people more interested in church work or ministry would appreciate this book's message more since that seems to be the book's main focus.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-16

A better read for more conservative evangelicals...

This book is a message especially for Christian American conservatives, in my opinion, particularly those who seem all too willing to marry their religion with their civil politics.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-15

Inspiring book for Christians who experience significant loss.

This is a very thoughtful and inspiring book written to people in general dealing with grief, with a Christian emphasis.

I was pleased to hear the author, at least throughout the beginning and middle of the book, acknowledge randomness and chance in the world especially in his significant experience of loss. However, I believe it was in chapter 12 that he claimed God's sovereignty of "total control" of all events of life. This appeal to sovereignty was not an isolated event and in following chapters he made the same claims. I hardly think appealing to meticulous sovereignty is helpful to non-Christians and even for many Christians this is controversial, though we have come to understand that this provides them with a level of comfort in their grief. I'd much rather have had him offer an explanation of how grief can be endured in light of God NOT in "total control."

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-15

Excellent! Where has this been all my life?!

I've been an Open Theist since first reading Greg Boyd's 'God of the Possible' back in 2012. I came to hold to Universal Reconciliation after reading Thomas Allin's 'Christ Triumphant' in 2014. In 'The Inescapable Love of God', Thomas Talbott has brought so much illumination to how UR is philosophically compatible with free will theism and has helped me to better imagine even a greater theodicy. What a great book! This is a game changer for me!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-15

Very good. Definitely from a Roman Catholic view

The author spends much time on heresies which is all well and good, but doesn't even mention the Constantinian or Augustinian heresies.

I'd recommend it for sure.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-15

Finally a book that explains mimetic theory!

Perhaps I haven't exposed myself to enough books on the subject to really substantiate that comment but the point is that this book does a good job of explaining mimesis and mimetic theory from an anthropological perspective, but from a practical I perspective in relationships I already have. I'm interested in the theological aspects of mimetic theory, in particular to affecting and effecting a theory of atonement. This book doesn't deliver directly on that subject but from a psychological, neurological and interprersonal (interdividual per the book) it succeeds.

Two technical issues I have with the book:
1) the narrator sounded more like he was just reading the script. He made it difficult to know when he was moving to another section or continuing in the current paragraph. It would have been better if he focused on crafting the shape of the written text in his delivery.

2) one could tell that this book was translated into English. Some phrases and words seemed wooden and some illustrations the author used were perhaps more sensible in French culture than American.

All-in-all I'd recommend this book to someone wanting to be informed about Rene Girard's Mimetic Theory, desire and rivalry.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-15

This is the book to read!

Derek Flood has something here... Several something's. Having lived most of my life as an inerrantist, conservative evangelical I found his arguments insightful and compelling. I'm glad to be free of the cognitive dissonance that inerrancy entails... No longer worrying about defending scripture and God. My amygdala need not be triggered in a falsely perceived need to defend the inerrancy and infallibility of scripture. This is a fine work, Derek, and I'm a better person for having read it.
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-15

As aChristian who adheres to evolutionarytheory...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. Why? See below...

What was one of the most memorable moments of Undeniable?

His pep-talk about potentially seeding the solar system, galaxy and even universe with life!

Any additional comments?

Bill Nye's recently published book, Undeniable, is largely a response to the debate in 2014 between Nye and Young Earth Creationist, Ken Ham. I recommend this book to anyone still on the fence re evolution, which, for the most part are Christians. Very much the gentleman and good humored, Bill Nye elaborates on the topics touched on in the debate and adds much more toward making the case for evolution as well as debunking many YEC claims. Nye is engaging, humorous and self-deprecating.

Nye performed the reading himself and the book is better for it. I couldn't think of anyone to more authentic and dynamic to deliver the story. While it is about science Nye is draws you in and convinces you that he is sharing something wonderful with you, his story -OUR story- rather than lecturing or forcing information on you. His more expressive moments took me back to his shows I watched as a kid.

As a Christian who adheres to evolutionary theory without reservation I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Though firm and steady in his affirmation of evolution he is never insulting or disparaging of faith, Young Earth Creationists nor of Ken Ham. It seems he knows that Xian minds are changing on the topic of evolution, that the tide is turning and that it is important for all to embrace evolution and science. It's as though he's destroying his opponents by making them his friends... killing them softly with kindness, loving them into the truth. ;-) Some authors I've read on the subject give you the feeling that even if you were swayed you'd have a hard time being a fan. Nye comes across as though he's in your corner ready to welcome all who finally embrace evolution regardless of their faith. I think every American conservative evangelical should read this book, especially those who watched the debate.
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5 of 8 people found this review helpful