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SisterLucia

haghouse

Dallas, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 20 ratings
  • 305 titles in library
  • 41 purchased in 2014
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  • Introduction to the Study of Religion

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Charles B. Jones
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    (13)
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    (12)
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    The religious experience is an extraordinarily powerful force that can define and shape the communities it creates. Over the course of 24 lectures, Professor Jones takes a vibrant first look at the discipline known as religious studies and shows how other fields-sociology, psychology, anthropology, and phenomenology-have tried to explain the complex relationship between individuals, cultures, and faith.

    SisterLucia says: "Not at all what i was looking for"
    "Not at all what i was looking for"
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    I guess this is an introduction to religious studies, though it felt more like an introduction to social studies using religion as an example. Much of the course is examining sociology, psychology and anthropology and then touching on how those have been used in religious contexts.

    The professor does touch on a lot of thinkers you don't hear about in other (less in-depth) intro to religious studies courses. The professor is very good about not dismissing outdated ideas, but giving them their full due. So if that is what you are interested in, you might like this course. If I was studying for a degree in religious studies I think there is good information here.

    I think I would choose another professor, though.

    At one point the professor uses the old analogy "if all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail" which is interesting because toward the end of many of the sections i felt like i was being beaten over the head with some point he was trying to make. Which is to say he wastes a lot of time repeating/over explaining things when he could be covering other issues.

    If you are interested in how religions manifest different religious perspectives and how those relate to academic theories of religion, this is not the course for you.

    If you are interested in how a bunch of philosophers and academics have tried to define religion without learning anything about actual religious expression, this might be of interest.

    I'm giving three stars because I think others might like this course. Personally it was an annoying waste of time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (625)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "Ultimately boring"
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    I think this novel is supposed to be a throwback to a hardboiled reporter/investigator, but I found myself completely uninterested in either the characters or plot. Minus some sleeping though parts (which I had no desire to go back to) I made it though the novel. Not terrible in any way. But won't be reading any other novels by t his author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (380)

    It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancee, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on - until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns. Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind.

    Maddy says: "Under the Spell"
    "an outline for a story"
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    this was not a short story. it was an outline for a short story. the plot points came like a bullet list. and in between there was a lot of repetitive declarations of emotions, as if saying it make it so. I will NOT being buying this author's novel The Returned. I do appreciate that there was a free download to show me just how bad the writing might be.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World - and Why Their Differences Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen Prothero
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    At the dawn of the 21st century, dizzying scientific and technological advancements, interconnected globalized economies, and even the so-called New Atheists have done nothing to change one thing: our world remains furiously religious. For good and for evil, religion is the single greatest influence in the world. In God Is Not One, Prothero provides listeners with much-needed content about each of the eight great world religions.

    Nassir says: "Useful, but doesn't live up to its introduction"
    "good but disappointing"
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    loved prothero's audio course Religions of the East. i listen to it repeatedly. but this book is mostly a rehash of that course and his writing is not as interesting as his teaching.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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