This audiobook introduces listeners to the broad field of philosophy of religion. Narrator Deidre Rubenstein's warm, truly beautiful voice adds a calm serenity to the listening experience. Although this is an introduction to the subject, it is an 18-hour one - there's no shortage of fascinating subject material. Charles Taliaferro expertly moves from a grounding of basic religious subjects - heaven, hell, good, evil, god, miracles, and prayer - to give listeners a sense of the range of relevant philosophers and their interests. This generous audio is a great jumping-off point for those with questions about religion, its origin, and application.
A modern take on this age-old branch of philosophy.
Isaac Asimov said that "whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse." Such quandaries are the bread and butter of philosophy of religion. Questioning why evil exists, whether God could create a stone he couldn't lift, and if the wonder of life suggests a Creator, this fascinating branch of philosophy is concerned with arguments for and against religion, and what form an immortal god (or gods) would take if in existence.
Charles Taliaferro provides a clear exploration of the discipline, introducing a wide range of philosophers and covering the topics of morality and religion, evil, the afterlife, prayer, and miracles.
©2009 Charles Taliaferro (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
The story of religion is the story of humanity, regardless of your own personal views on any given sect. Why and how we believe is every bit as important as what we believe. This book breaks it down, compares, contrasts, and digs into the important philosophical questions and problems that each religion poses as well as how those religions overcome those points. I found myself wanting a paper copy for review purposes of many of these questions. For the serious student of philosophy, this will be a beginner's course, but for the average person, this will launch a deeper quest. The learned of this world past and present seem to be in agreement that the unexamined life is a life not worth living, and faith untested isn't faith at all. This book, in introducing the examinations of the world's major belief systems, encourages the listener to ask such questions of their personal views as well. It's a lot of bang for your buck.
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