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  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
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    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
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    I couldn't resist getting the book that Fox News interjected itself into controversy, to learn for myself what all the bugaboo was about. After getting thru the first chapters I was convinced the detractors of this author are invoking pure animus toward the author while ignoring the merits of the book. Being a former catholic and one who has studied biblical exegesis and theology, I conclude the book is a legitimate socio-historic treatment of the subject. In fact it covers material that would be quite familiar to any New Testament exegetical scholar. Any catholic (Roman, Anglican, Orthodox, Lutheran) would likely be right at home with the material. This is not a theological, dogmatic catechism. It's a very interesting treatise that does precisely what the author set out to do - provide a glimpse into the life and times of the historical Jesus, his impact, and place in history as a historical figure.

    I highly recommend the work to anyone who is interested in the study of the formation of religions and in particular, the one related to a Jewish man named Yeshua. I would dare to say, had the author submitted this, it would receive an Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur from the Catholic Church.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Seth Andrews
    • Narrated By Seth Andrews
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    Assertions like these seem comical until you realize that many Christian parents aren't kidding when they teach them to their children as facts. Every day, impressionable young minds are conditioned to blindly accept wild biblical tales of floating zoos, talking shrubbery, 900-year-old humans, the undead, curses, levitation, demon/human hybrids and men who obtain super-human strength from the length of their hair. Allegiance to these teachings is expected, often demanded.

    Michael says: "A man's spiritual journey out of religiousity"
    "A man's spiritual journey out of religiousity"
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    I must preface this review by first saying that I have been following Seth Andrews on The Thinking Atheist Podcast for a couple years. Seth's own journey, as set out in this book, covers many of the same feelings and thoughts that I also experienced in my journey from religiousity to atheism. I am thankful to Seth and his efforts, thru the Thinking Atheist Podcasts, for helping me on my journey. Seth has relay the basis of his deconversion story many times on the podcast. This book, however, gives us a much more detailed and personal insight into that experience.

    I highly recommend this book to theist, skeptic, agnostic, and athiest alike. It will hopefully, get you thinking - which has always been the whole point of The Thinking Atheist.

    The Audible version of this book is awesomel. Anyone who has followed the podcast, will quickly come to feel right at home as Seth narrates the book in the same casual, familiar, and humorous way as the podcasts.

    This is an excellent companion to the written version.

    Seth is a voice of reason anyone on a spiritual journey should listen to.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • What I Believe: 3 Complete Essays on Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated By Terrence Hardiman
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    Remarkably relevant, beautifully written, and filled with wit and wisdom, these 3 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.

    Charles says: "Excellent Logic"
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    Russell lived and died long before I was on this earth, but I feel so close to him in philosophy after listening to his essays. He articulates what I have thought and felt since abandoning christianity, and theism in general. I can listen to Russell over and over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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