A variety of perspectives exist within the Christian community when it comes to political issues and political involvement. This comprehensive and listenable book presents a political philosophy from the perspective that the Gospel pertains to all of life - so Christians should be involved in political issues. In brief, this is an analysis of conservative and liberal plans to do good for the nation, evaluated in light of the Bible and common sense. In this ground-breaking book, recognized evangelical Bible professor Wayne Grudem rejects five mistaken views about Christian influence on politics: (1) ´compel religion´, (2) ´exclude religion´, (3) ´all government is demonic´, (4) ´do evangel-ism, not politics´, and (5) ´do politics, not evangelism´. He proposes a better alternative: (6) ´significant Christian influence on government´. Then he explains the Bible´s teachings about the purpose of civil government and the characteristics of good or bad government. Does the Bible support some form of democracy? Should judges and the courts hold the ultimate power? With respect to specific political issues, Grudem argues that most people´s views depend on deep-seated assumptions about several basic moral and even theological questions, such as whether God exists, whether absolute moral standards can be known, whether there is good and evil in each person´s heart, whether people should be accountable for their good and bad choices, whether property should belong to individuals or to society, and whether the purpose of the earth´s resources is to bring benefit to mankind. After addressing these foundational questions, Grudem provides a thoughtful, carefully reasoned analysis of over 50 specific issues dealing with the protection of life, marriage, the family and children, economic issues and taxation, the environment, national defense, relationships to other nations, freedom of speech and religion, quotas, and special interests. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wayne Grudem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/000848/bk_zond_000848_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of Oprah´s first ´´Chutzpah Award´´ for boldness, Irshad Manji is among the world´s most visible - and vocal - Muslim reformers. In this audiobook, narrated by her, Irshad explains the disturbing attitudes with which too many of her fellow Muslims practice Islam today: Arab cultural tribalism posing as pure faith. An uncritical approach to the Quran as the final and therefore superior word of God. And a rejection of universal human rights as if they are incompatible with the Divine. As a faithful Muslim, Irshad shows that Islam has the raw material to rectify these injustices. Irshad offers a practical vision of how reform-minded Muslim can empower women, promote respect for religious minorities and foster a competition of ideas. This vision builds on ´´ijtihad´´ (ij-tee-had), Islam´s lost tradition of independent thinking. Irshad Manji´s message for Muslims and non-Muslims? Dare to ask questions - out loud. In this audiobook, her voice rings clearly, compassionately, and passionately. You will love the musical surprises, too! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Irshad Manji. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mosc/000001/bk_mosc_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Lotta und Luis sind sehr aufgeregt. Morgen ist ihr erster Schultag! Luis freut sich aufs Fußballspielen in den Pausen, doch Lotta hat auch ein bisschen Angst. Dann wird es ein richtig toller Tag: Im Schulgottesdienst bekommen sie eine ´´Mutig-Dose´´ geschenkt und die Klassenlehrerin Frau Meyer-Schön ist richtig nett und erlaubt dem frechen Jungen Mika nicht, andere auszulachen. Nach der Schule erwartet die Zwillinge noch eine super Überraschung zu Hause. Die Zwillinge Lotta und Luis erleben viel in Gottes bunter Welt und lernen ganz nebenbei biblische Inhalte kennen. 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Philipp Scheppmann. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/edel/005216/bk_edel_005216_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
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.
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.
Get to know the different religions of the world. Find out what beliefs set people apart from one another. For decades, religion has been the major source of human controversy. Throughout history, it has been a way to distinguish cultural and political beliefs. This has brought us together and torn entire kingdoms apart. The study of religion can greatly impact our understanding of certain places, people, and events throughout the ages. History of Religion focuses on the six major world religions that are unique on their own. These are Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism. You will learn about: Egyptian mythology The I Ching The history of Jerusalem The Crusades Muhammad The world’s religions The world´s most destructive religious movements and cults Parody religions Some of the world´s funniest religions Zoroastrianism Taking a deep dive into different religions will help you gain a better understanding of different cultures and the traditions that are passed on from generation to generation. The culture and rituals that religion creates have infused themselves as a way of life for different people all around the world. Whether you are a student majoring in humanities and social sciences or you simply want to learn more about the history of religion, you won’t be disappointed with this enriching audiobook! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erich Bailey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/102538/bk_acx0_102538_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.