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  • The Trinity 101

  • By: Fr. David Vincent Meconi SJ DPhil
  • Narrated by: Fr. David Vincent Meconi SJ DPhil
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
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The Trinity is the foundation of Christian faith, the lifeblood of its liturgy. In this remarkable course, you will come to understand the Trinitarian theology and history as never before. Your professor is Fr. David Vincent Meconi, SJ (DPhil, the University of Oxford), an expert on early Church history and an award-winning theology professor at Saint Louis University. The idea of one God as three persons cannot be understood through human reason alone. Indeed, the doctrine of the Trinity was not something that Christians fully grasped during the early stages of the church.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Purchased this based on Father's other talk

  • By John on 01-22-19

Purchased this based on Father's other talk

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Reviewed: 01-22-19

And I'm duly impressed again. His talks on the Patristics was truly enlightening and this was also thought provoking and extremely engaging. This was a great, brief overview on Trinitarian thought and theology. Amazing. Father's style is very accessible as well.

  • Introduction to Patristics

  • Learning from the Church Fathers
  • By: Fr. David Meconi S.J. D.Phil.
  • Narrated by: Fr. David Meconi S.J. D.Phil.
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
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To understand Christian today, we must first understand its past. An Oxford-trained professor, David Meconi, S.J., examines the formative centuries of the Church and the great figures whose lives and writings inspired generations of later thinkers and believers. One of the recurring lessons of Church history emerges from the way in which Christians have historically responded to both internal and external challenges and developments. From these lectures, you will gain insight into pivotal ecumenical councils, theological debates, and the lives of Eastern and Western Fathers of the Church.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By John on 01-07-19

Outstanding

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Reviewed: 01-07-19

The review and care with which Father David presented the material regarding the early church fathers, beliefs and practices were incredibly interesting and accessible. His ability to explain various fathers' views and theology makes me hope there are other presentations by Father David. If you wish to learn about the early Church and the beliefs of its earliest leaders, this is not to be missed. It weaves the tapestry of continuity between our beliefs today and those same beliefs in the first five hundred years of the Christian era. Well done.

  • Inside the Atheist Mind

  • Unmasking the Religion of Those Who Say There Is No God
  • By: Anthony DeStefano
  • Narrated by: Anthony DeStefano
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 46
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A witty and devastating takedown of the "new" atheist position, Inside the Atheist Mind debunks the theories of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and others, revealing how inconsistent, illogical, and frankly ludicrous their conclusions truly are. Poking fun at atheists in a clever and intelligent way, Anthony DeStefano demonstrates just how full of holes the new atheism is and reveals that it is actually a "religion" of its own, complete with a creed, a set of commandments, a rigid moral code, and rewards and punishments.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • nothing new

  • By Bernhard on 08-31-18

Excellent and important

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Reviewed: 01-03-19

This was an funny compelling and truly important book. On top of the writing being very accessible, the thesis is hard to argue with. A great book, and one to truly ponder on. Thank you author.

  • Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary

  • Unveiling the Mother of the Messiah
  • By: Brant James Pitre
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
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In Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary, Dr. Pitre takes listeners step-by-step from the Garden of Eden to the Book of Revelation to reveal how deeply biblical Catholic beliefs about Mary really are. Dr. Pitre uses the Old Testament and ancient Judaism to unlock how the Bible itself teaches that Mary is in fact the new Eve, the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven and Earth, and the new Ark of the Covenant. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Info.

  • By Barbara Gaebler on 01-07-19

Spell-binding

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Reviewed: 01-01-19

Just like every book from Dr. Pitre, this one was also not only good, but exceptionally good.

This was on the topic of Mary and the typology that exists within the pages of Scripture that discusses and evaluates the Catholic understanding of the theology and devotion to Mary. It is as I've described with other of Dr. Pitre's works--extremely accessible and like an Indiana Jones story of a sorts, where one discovers long forgotten artifacts that shed light in a whole new way. I thought I knew a lot of what Dr Pitre was going to write about until I read and listened to it. I'm once again dumbstruck by some of the revelations found here.

Dr. Pitre is the only writer whose books I have pre-ordered.

I used to read a lot of Clancy, and Vince Flynn stories for the thrillers they can create.

But Pitre's stuff is better because what he's written is not only intriguing, but it's the stuff of truth.

Truth and intrigue. Can't get much better than that.

  • Polycarp's Letter to the Philippians & His Martyrdom

  • The Early Christians
  • By: St. Polycarp, The Church at Smyrna
  • Narrated by: Lamar Peugh
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
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Glory to God for the men of old who endured the persecutions of this world with joy and faith. Much can be learned from those who have looked death in the face and yet remained true to the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • polycarp

  • By Sheryle on 03-31-17

Amazing

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Reviewed: 02-13-18

Truly breathtaking to hear the words of Polycarp who was the disciple of John the Apostle himself. To read about his noble martyrdom related by his brothers in faith was fascinating and inspiring. Thank you making this great work available in audio format.

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  • The Letters of Ignatius

  • By: St. Ignatius
  • Narrated by: Robert Grothe
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
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Ignatius was a man discipled by the Apostle John, who was deeply rich in humility and wisdom. His letters live on, long after his death, and today we have the opportunity of hearing them! Friends, let us study the holy Scriptures, for this is the very thing greater than all earthly bread, but let us also not neglect the study of the very men that walked and lived in the days of the Apostles, for their wisdom and words are valuable to our development unto holiness and godly virtue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By John on 02-13-18

Excellent

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Reviewed: 02-13-18

Wonderful glimpse into the times of the Apostles and Church that Christ began. Performance and availability are remarkable. This is why I belong to audible.

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  • Unbelievable?

  • Why After Talking with Atheists for Ten Years I'm Still a Christian
  • By: Justin Brierley
  • Narrated by: Justin Brierley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
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Born out of Premier Radio's popular Unbelievable? podcasts, this audiobook invites listeners to unpack some of the most common objections to Christianity, equipping them to respond to sceptics and better understand the reason for their faith. Do your friends find your faith to be Unbelievable? Conversations matter. Yet, recently, good conversations about faith have been increasingly squeezed out of the public sphere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Justin is awesome!

  • By Rebecca on 04-18-18

Excellent story and narration

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Reviewed: 11-18-17

I've listened to the Unbelievable radio show for some years now and Justin always seems to be a good moderator and very fair host. His Christian understanding is intelligent and well-informed after so many interviews from opposing sides. A great book.

  • Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist

  • Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper
  • By: Brant Pitre, Scott Hahn - foreword
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 173
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In recent years, Christians everywhere are rediscovering the Jewish roots of their faith. Every year at Easter time, many believers now celebrate Passover meals (known as Seders) seeking to understand exactly what happened at Jesus' final Passover, the night before he was crucified. Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist shines fresh light on the Last Supper by looking at it through Jewish eyes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow you're missing out

  • By Practical opinionaire on 06-27-17

Amazing yet again from Brant Pitre

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Reviewed: 06-14-17

What I love so much about this Scripture scholar is the sense of discovery within the typologies he references using Scripture and the early Church fathers. Just amazing. Brant teases out the real meanings of the Bible verses and their more obscure references to today's cultural self-centeredness by bringing out the traditional Jewish and ancient Christian understanding that is both old and new to readers. This is another keeper.

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  • Case for Christ, Revised & Updated

  • A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
  • By: Lee Strobel
  • Narrated by: Lee Strobel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1,683
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Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis who are recognized authorities in their own fields. Strobel challenges them with questions like: How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Jeff Wedding on 09-07-17

Amazing

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Reviewed: 05-19-17

I've read and listened to this book three times now, and it still is flooring. What strikes me most is the common sense with which Lee Strobel makes the case. Important book.

  • Saints Who Battled Satan

  • Seventeen Holy Warriors Who Can Teach You How to Fight the Good Fight and Vanquish Your Ancient Enemy
  • By: Paul Thigpen Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Kevin O'Brien
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
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The war is on. The Devil plots to defeat you. Meet some battle-tested warriors who fight at your side. Satan is real. He's a formidable foe who wants to snatch us away from God, and the thought of doing battle with him can seem daunting. Even so, the saints who have gone before us have engaged the Devil, armed with the power of Christ and emerged victorious! These fellow warriors in heaven now fight on our behalf.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great. Book for spiritual Growth

  • By Cesar Bran on 07-18-17

Excellent book

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Reviewed: 05-01-17

Loved the book. Paul Thigpen is quite amazing and the narrator was one of the best I've heard.

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