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 was a bit surprised that I liked this set of lectures as much as I did. Professor Peters has an engaging speaking manner and he provides a concise, but interesting, discussion of the early beginnings of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths. The early prophets that are common to each of these faiths are described along with the subtle, and not so subtle, differences that produced the three paths. I rate this lecture to be a good read.
As a lengthy monologue presenting a very sound thesis, the Audiobook is a great success. Tying together the 3 monotheistic traditions of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity with the knot of their common patriarchal ancestry, the author tells a fascinating tale which also provides much valuable information about the 3 faith communities. As a "course," however (which it purports to be), the Audiobook is disappointing because of its unorganized, off-the-cuff presentation. I found it impossible, at the end, to find all the answers to the "Final Exam" questions without using outside sources.
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
Prof. F.E. Peters has studied the three monotheistic or Abrahamic religions for most of his life. He is not only a well accomplished scholar, but also an excellent teacher.
In The Modern Scholar: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, he gives an overview of the three religions from how believers of these religions would approach these faiths. In the first few lectures he gives an overview of each religion and later on he identifies certain institutions and practises that when compares functions very much the same. He tries to present this information in as unbiased manner as possible, in which he greatly succeeds.
I enjoyed the lectures and I thought that the PDF-booklet that accompanied the lectures were excellent. While I felt at times that Prof. Peters should have spend a little bit more time on the one or other issue, I realise that the few instances were a matter of personal taste.
I highly recommend these lectures. It helps you to gain an insightful perspective on the three religions which one is only able to attain when you compare them with each other. Obviously your own perspective on each of these religions might inform your experience of Prof. Peters' approach i.e. if you believe Islam are from Satan, you might feel that he is too apologetic towards it. Yet, from a sound scholarly approach, Prof. Peters created a set of lectures that is unbiased, well-researched and might stimulate more open dialogue between the three faiths.
From noware to some I haave come, from reading these books.
It's a good solid book with no major bias. It links the religions, their history and values enough to further understand the linkage of the universe as a whole and the place of humans in it. Recommended.
Although today's life is faster than ever imaginable in the golden age of books, one can still learn, if only they chose to listen...
I am an audible leaner and I do not have time to sit and read. I am, consequently, an audio book officiendo. I cannot comment on whether the audio book is better than the text as I have not read the text version.
I liked the way the author ties together the origins of all three religions. He bases his book on facts and not his personal opinions.
The author should have let a professional narrator read the book for him. He stutered way too much because he was combining additional detailed thoughts in with his reading of the book. This made for a lot of
Great book for a fact person like myself.
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.
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