©2007 Thomas F. Madden; (P)2007 Recorded Books
I an something of a fan of Professor Maddens'lectures, I like the way he present complicated historical situation and narratives in short succinct series of lectures. This one certainly did not dissappoint. This lecture certainly did change my view on the Catholic church. A great buy for highschool seniors and undergrad students.
Don't miss the Bino Phillips series by AW Gray. They are largely unknown, but as good as any ive read!
My previous knowledge of these reformations centered around the theological aspects involved. However, after listening to Dr Madden's lectures it is obvious that trying to understand the theological concerns without a proper understanding of the history involved, particularly in the first reformation, is a mistake.
Most Protestants and Catholics today have a very limited knowledge of the history of the the Catholic Church. After listening to this class, I am convinced most of my more scholarly Protestant friends and I have very little knowledge of the history surrounding key events and figures on both sides of the conflict. It's safe to say I know of no one who knows or cares of the reformation within the Catholic Church.
Yet, regardless of whether one believes in God or not, these events in the 16th to 17th centuries dramatically effect how we live today. This class leads me to look at my own faith in a different light altogether.
Delivered in a halting way, which is very bothersome and makes the listener wonder if the lecturer really doesn't know his stuff, is unorganized and unprepared or is just not good at lecturing! Additionally, he gets Luther's theology glaringly wrong in some key places.
Compare this The Modern Scholar lecture with Brad Gregory's The Great Courses lectures on the Reformation to see a well delivered flowing (non-halting) lecture with live audience, and a content that tries to be sympathetic to all sides and portray each one's theology faithfully.
I found it fascinating. I enjoyed the way it was delivered without a leading toward a certain viewpoint.
I've have been a contented audible listener for 3 or 4 years now. Some titles not so good, some fantastic.
But this one does NOT download!!! Yet all signs (from Audible's side, say it has).
DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT... until Audible deals with this, bother with this title!
Oh yeah, you can't review unless you give it at least one star - this should be negative stars!
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