Professor Peters' extensive studies of these three monotheistic religious communities allow him to offer a comprehensive series of lectures beginning with Creation and ending with the Final Judgment. The history proper of the three communities of Jews, Christians, and Muslims begins with God's Covenant with Abraham. It continues with the birth, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus. When Saul, later called Paul, begins accepting Gentiles into the community of Jesus, the Christians are formed as a separation from the main body of the Jewish community. Once Christianity was identified as a new religion, it was no longer protected by the same laws that were extended to the Jews. Until the beginning of the fourth century, Christians were persecuted by suspicious and intolerant Romans. Force and violence are again linked with religion when Muhammad, the Muslim prophet, struck out militarily against those who rejected his claims to prophethood.
This course examines the similarities and differences between each community and traces their evolutions through history. In this course, Professor Peters leads listeners through a comprehensive study of the origins, characteristics, and primary texts of each of these fundamentally monotheistic religious communities. As Peters concludes, only by understanding their similarities and differences can we hope to make sense of the politics of religion which continue to fuel conflicts throughout the world.
©2003 F.E. Peters; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC
I listen to a lot of lecture series on audio and this one was one of the best for clarity of speech, insight, presentation. It's not that he told me so many things I didn't know, butthe way the professor organized his material was insightful. A pleasure!
Great introduction to the three religions, their similarities and differences. My only addition would be a lecture of the various splits or sects in each. It was briefly discussed throughout the series but more detail would have been a great addition. Besides that, a great listen.
We just tell it how it is.
I enjoyed listening to this lecture. I somewhat expected it to be a little boring, but it held my interest very easily.
This author describes the history and differences of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in an understandable way. Excellent Job!
"I really enjoyed listening to this"
As someone who has long been fascinated with these 3 faiths, this book really did its job in presenting these faiths side by side for comparison. The author is clearly excited by the subject and this makes it all the more interesting to listen to. This book is so informative as the author covers many topics. I definitely feel like I have an even better understanding of these religions as a result of this book. I was always reluctant to press the stop button and will probably listen to this a third or fourth time! I've rated this 4 stars and not 5 only because I disagree with one or two factual points the author discusses.
"Good, but far too superficial"
The three faiths are presented at a very basic level. The resultant survival knowledge for a resident in a multi-faith society is reason enough to commend this publication.
The ‘Christian’ in the title is essentially Roman Catholic Christianity. Whilst the Reformation is mentioned in passing, the Christian rituals and doctrines described in the text take little or no account of Protestant or Eastern Orthodox Christianity.
If the description of the Christian faith is presented so sketchily, I do wonder how lacking the text is regarding Judaism and Islam.
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