Since the dawn of civilization, religion has shaped the human mind and experience. But until recently, the world’s religious traditions existed in different spheres, separated by barriers of culture and geography. Now, Wisdom from the World’s Religions folds the teachings of the great faith traditions into one easy and illuminating educational experience. Grounded in a comparative religionist approach, this audio series introduces you to the principles and practices of 11 major religions: Christianity Judaism Islam Hinduism Buddhism Sikhism Jainism Zoroastrianism Shinto Taoism Bahá´í As you take in this beautiful tapestry of wisdom, you will gain insights into science, history, human existence, spirituality, and more specifically the work of Sir John Templeton. A noted financier and investor, Sir John was also deeply interested in the spiritual life. His foundation and his Templeton Prize have been instrumental in bringing about a revolution in science and religion - two great bodies of human experimentation and human experience that, together, deepen our understanding of life. Taking your cues from Sir John’s book Wisdom from World Religions: Pathways Toward Heaven on Earth, you’ll probe life’s most profound questions. Does life have an ultimate meaning? Is science the key to the deepest truth of life? Is death the end? Embark on this adventure of the spirit today. This course was made possible through the support of a grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dr. Kenneth Rose, PhD. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/nykm/000933/bk_nykm_000933_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Includes E. A. Wallis Budge´s explanation of the Seven Tablets of Creation, the creation myth that bears striking similarities to the book of Genesis. Includes the ancient Mesopotamian account of the descent of the goddess Ishtar into the underworld. Explains the role religion played at the national, city, and personal levels in all aspects of life. A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? Throughout time, people have been religious by nature, and billions today adhere to unique faiths across the world. In Charles River Editors´ Religions of the World, listeners can get caught up to speed on today´s and yesterday´s religions in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. Throughout history the world´s most prominent religions have had intricacies that made them unique, yet many of them have also shared similar characteristics and stories. Nowhere is this clearer than in the religion practiced by people in ancient Mesopotamia, which also happens to be the oldest documented religion in the world. Ancient Mesopotamian religion continues to captivate people for many of the same reasons today´s best-known religions and their histories fascinate people. The religion practiced by the ancient Mesopotamians provides a certain mix between the mundane and the surreal, and at the same time aspects of it are both familiar and bizarre to people today. Some find themselves drawn to it based on its preeminent position in religious history as the oldest documented religion in the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alyda Oosterwyk. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037542/bk_acx0_037542_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
More than a collection of quaint mythology and exotic rituals, [Maya] religion was an effective definition of the nature of the world, answering questions about the origin of humanity, the purpose of human life on earth, and the relationship of the individual to his family, his society, and his gods. It is a religion which speaks to central and enduring problems of the civilized human condition: power, justice, equality, individual purpose, and social destiny. - A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya In the years leading up to 2012, there has been much interest in the Maya calendar. Largely, this is because the calendar will complete its 5,200-year cycle on December 21, 2012, and this auspicious event has been misinterpreted as signaling the end of the world. For the Maya, the endings of calendar period of all lengths (cycles ranged from 20 days to centuries in length) were very important and required various types of rituals and offerings to be properly recognized. Often, the best acceptable ´´offering´´ was human blood, and Maya elites engaged in autosacrificial bloodletting to appease the deity presiding over the transition in question. Combined with the detailed Maya knowledge of astronomy, the calendar system functioned as a way for Maya priests and elites to know which particular god in their crowded pantheon was ruling at a particular moment. The Maya believed that each interval of time, embedded in units like the day, the night, the solar year, the k´atun (20 year cycle), the lunar cycle, and Venus´s cycle, was governed by a certain deity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: K.C. Kelly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/035407/bk_acx0_035407_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What is the philosophy of religion? How can we distinguish it from theology on the one hand and the psychology/sociology of religious belief on the other? What does it mean to describe God as ´´eternal´´? And should religious people want there to be good arguments for the existence of God, or is religious belief only authentic in the absence of these good arguments? In this very short introduction, Tim Bayne introduces the field of philosophy of religion and engages with some of the most burning questions philosophers discuss. Considering how ´´religion´´ should be defined and whether we even need to be able to define it in order to engage in the philosophy of religion, he goes on to discuss whether the existence of God matters. Exploring the problem of evil, Bayne also debates the connection between faith and reason and the related question of what role reason should play in religious contexts. Shedding light on the relationship between science and religion, Bayne finishes by considering the topics of reincarnation and the afterlife. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Constant. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/013145/bk_tant_013145_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This bundle provides you with first-hand knowledge of the cultures and practices that make up the world’s major religions and helps you develop a more meaningful and significant understanding of your religion and others. History of Religion: An Overview of the Most Important People and Events in the World’s Religions, Mythologies, and History of the Church Third edition with new and expanded material. Embark on an exciting journey through history’s greatest religions and mythologies! From the pharaohs of Egypt and their worship of the sun to the magnificence and splendor of the Greek gods, history will come alive! Walk through the six major religions that shaped humanity and its identity. Learn more than you’ve ever believed possible about how we have all tried to answer humankind’s great questions. Christianity: Christian History: The Events, Characters, and Stories That Shaped the History of Christianity, and the History of the Church. Jesus, the Pope, Mother Theresa, and Much More Meet the visionaries, saints, and evangelists who carved and sculpted religion and Christianity as we know it today, including Martin Luther, Mother Teresa, Lester Roloff, George Whitefield, Mary Magdalene, St. Augustine, John Wycliffe, Pope Francis, and more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Pivin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/106701/bk_acx0_106701_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Remarkably relevant, beautifully written, and filled with wit and wisdom, these three essays by Bertrand Russell allow the listener to test the concepts of the good life, morality, the existence of God, Christianity, and human nature. ´´What I Believe´´ was used prominently in the 1940 New York court proceedings in which Russell was judicially declared ´´unfit´´ to teach philosophy at City College of New York. ´´Why I Am Not a Christian´´ concludes that churches throughout history have retarded progress and states that we should instead ´´look to our own efforts here below to make this world a fit place to live in.´´ Finally, ´´A Free Man´s Worship´´, perhaps the most famous single essay written by Russell, considers whether humans operate from free will. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terrence Hardiman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/part/000049/bk_part_000049_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cognitive Science, Religion, and Theology is the eighth title published in the Templeton Science and Religion Series, in which scientists from a wide range of fields distill their experience and knowledge into brief tours of their respective specialties. In this volume, well-known cognitive scientist Justin L. Barrett offers an accessible overview of this interdisciplinary field, reviews key findings in this area, and discusses the implications of these findings for religious thought and practice. Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary study of minds and mental activity, and as such, it addresses a fundamental feature of what it is to be human. Further, in so far as religious traditions concern ideas and beliefs about the nature of humans, the nature of the world, and the nature of the divine, cognitive science can contribute both directly and indirectly to these theological concerns. Barrett shows how direct contributions come from the growing area called cognitive science of religion (CSR), which investigates how human cognitive systems inform and constrain religious thought, experience, and expression. CSR attempts to provide answers to questions such as: Why it is that humans tend to be religious? And why are certain ideas (e.g. the possibility of an afterlife) so cross-culturally recurrent? Barrett also covers the indirect implications that cognitive science has for theology, such as human similarities and differences with the animal world, freedom and determinism, and the relationship between minds and bodies. Cognitive Science, Religion, and Theology critically reviews the research on these fascinating questions and discusses the many implications that arise from them. In addition, this short volume also offers suggestions for future research, making it ideal not only for those looking for an overview of the field thus far, but also for those seeking a glimpse of where the field might be going in the future. The b 1. Language: English. Narrator: Timothy J. Danko. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/002340/bk_acx0_002340_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The traditional religion known as Shinto was present in Japan from prehistoric times, long before Buddhism and other traditions arrived from the Asian continent. Shrine Shinto, centered around local shrines and seasonal festivals, has greatly influenced Japanese culture. Sect Shinto is characterized by more highly organized institutions, which attract many members; folk Shinto consists of beliefs and practices apart from these institutions, especially in the home. This presentation discusses the dynamic new Japanese religions formed during the last century and a half. The Religion, Scriptures, and Spirituality series describes the beliefs, religious practices, and the spiritual and moral commitments of the world´s great religious traditions. It also describes a religion´s way of understanding scripture, identifies its outstanding thinkers, and discusses its attitude and relationship to society. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Kingsley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001749/bk_blak_001749_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The religious practices and understandings of small indigenous societies are recognized by many to be in no way inferior to other religious beliefs. Many such cultures still ∃ their prescientific, even prehistoric social and intellectual pattern includes shamans, sacrifices, totems, animism, taboos, and certain rituals and myths that reflect their unique and increasingly rare way of life. The Religion, Scriptures, and Spirituality series describes the beliefs, religious practices, and the spiritual and moral commitments of the world´s great religious traditions. It describes a religion´s way of understanding life and its attitude and relationship to society. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Kingsley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001750/bk_blak_001750_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.