William James' The Varieties of Religious Experience is one of the seminal works on natural theology. Published at the turn of the 20th century, this audiobook contains James' edited Gifford Lectures. Just over 18 hours, this audiobook is not for the faint-hearted. However, for those enthusiasts ready to embark on this scholarly journey, Jim Killavey brings to life James' words with a serious and intellectual tone. His diction and pacing are impeccable. Moreover, Killavey is a natural with James' vernacular. Thus, interested listeners will find this audiobook incredibly rewarding and important.
The Varieties of Religious Experience is considered to be the classic work in the field. To quote Wikipedia, "James was most interested in understanding personal religious experience. The importance of James to the psychology of religion - and to psychology more generally - is difficult to overstate. He discussed many essential issues that remain of vital concern today. What makes James writing so special is that he could take a very complex subject and, without watering it down, make it understandable to 'the rest of us.'"
This is a must listen for anyone interested in religon and man's search for the spritual. It is written for laymen, thus easy to understand, but remains penetrating and brilliant.
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"Believers and unbelievers (and semi-believers ) will continue to find in it both a resource and a challenge. Quaint though some of it may seem at first in language and approach, The Varities of Religious Experience, can itself become for the contemporary reader not only an intellectual exercise but a religious experience." (Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University)
This is an amazing book. Profound yet understandable. James uses lots of 1st person quotes to demonstrate religious types and that really helps. Read like lectures but...that's what they are so style fits. I got some incredible insights about religion..and the human mind from this book.
...but a punishing twenty-plus hours ahead of you. I imagine William James a powerful orator (this is from his lecture series in Scotland), but the narrator's Brooklyn-sounding delivery makes for a monotonous listen.
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