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  • The History of the Catholic Church: Tradition and Innovation

  • By: Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto PhD
  • Narrated by: Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto PhD
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
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The chronicle of Catholicism can seem daunting: full of names, dates, places, and phrases. Getting ahold of such a rich and diverse history requires guidance and a skillful approach. In this brilliant survey course, you'll explore traditions of belief and innovate ways to describe, share, and live that faith. With Dr. Bellitto as your guide, you'll look at the major periods of church history: early, medieval, reformation, and modern. As you take this journey, you'll examine changes and continuities across the centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quality decisions come from knowledge of the past

  • By James Rush on 05-17-18

A very good lesson in church history

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Reviewed: 02-18-19

Dr. Bellitto has beautifully put this course together for all catholics and even the Protestants to appreciate and know about our church history. I cannot agree more with Dr. Bellitto that our church history has helped us with our faith formation by remembering the past and learn from these lessons. The church history in part is about revealing the Truth and to a some extend tempering with truth to know the boundaries of Truth. An institution has been built to organise ourselves and go about administering truth and since it is staffed with people we will falter. The need for forgiveness from victims of the church through and by the love of Christ is necessary for the church to move forward. Not forgiving the church’s past iniquities will be wrong, and the victims will be ourselves if we don’t forgive since the church has the divine ordination to persist. The church under different leaderships will continue to be reconciled with God through its effort to bring Gospel to the world.

This lecture has enriched my understanding of our Catholic Church profoundly and immensely. Hopefully it will for you.

Thank you Dr Bellitto.

  • The Mindful Catholic: Finding God One Moment at a Time

  • By: Dr. Gregory Bottaro, Peter Kreeft - foreword
  • Narrated by: Dr. Gregory Bottaro, Peter Kreeft
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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Dr. Greg Bottaro explains how mindfulness can help us become aware of the present moment and accept it. Catholic mindfulness is a way to practically trust God more in our lives. Instead of separating faith from day-to-day life, mindfulness helps bridge the gap so we can feel the sense of safety and peace God intends us to have. Following the exercises in this audiobook, you'll discover how mindfulness can help you be more present to everything in your life from a trip to the grocery store or relaxing with friends to listening more attentively to a homily.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Course

  • By Chuan on 08-15-18

Fantastic Course

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Reviewed: 08-15-18

This is one of the best courses to take for all catholics. Brought to mind the importance of living in the presence and embrace of God and entrust that as long as we live according to His will, He will take care of everything for us.

Trusting is indeed important and yet difficult to do and this practice is the closest one can get.

Thanks Dr. Greg

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  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,547
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,044
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,010

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tantalizing time trip

  • By Mark on 08-21-13

Great course

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Reviewed: 06-23-18

It’s a monumental task to attempt at such a feat of walking the journey on the other side of history from an ordinary person’s perspective. To be able to piece many different things together and draw conclusions is no easy task. Much caution should have been said about the many gaps that lies in the discoveries. The human heart is very deep and to make judgements about their inner true feelings can be erroneous at best, therefore disclaimer is necessary.

Enjoyed the course thoroughly to say the least having spent more than 24 hours of listening.

Great job professor.

  • The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon

  • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

What different kinds of books are in the New Testament? When, how, and why were they written? And why did some books, and not others, come to be collected into what Christians came to consider the canon of scripture that would define their belief for all time? With these 12 lectures, get a fast-moving yet thorough introduction to these and other key issues in the development of Christianity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Abridged Version of "The New Testament" Course

  • By Justin Bailey on 09-03-15

Course didn’t match the title

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Reviewed: 04-26-18

Insufficient details were covered about the process, who decided what books to include in the canonical bible and why. The reasons for an inclusion or exclusion of certain text should be examined and reasoned to give readers a sense of the intention behind the decisions making process.

The bible is not meant to be a historical text book and to read it or even interpret it from that perspective is entirely right. There are facts, there are gaps and even incongruence content in the bible, but that doesn’t make the bible unbelievable. The bible is a God inspired book written by man who has freewill to act against God. The gaps in the bible are meant to be filled by faith not the intellect. The main message or theme in the bible that is completely consistent is God’s love for humanity and His will to save us from damnation. Words and languages have limits in expressing His will and the complexities involved in salvation history that is still unfolding. Man attempting to postulate God’s intention will inevitably run into issues. The book of Job quite clearly state that we can question and even get angry with God, but we must have faith in order to walk this journey with Him. Because somethings are just beyond our comprehension not because He can not explain to us but there are prerequisite to some knowledge. It’s like if you don’t understand basic maths how can you understand calculus.

However, this course has thought me to question deeper about some aspects of the bible and seek answers to them.

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  • The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch

  • By: Molly Worthen, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Molly Worthen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
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When you think about Christian history, you might think of the first thousand years - the events of Jesus' life, the acts of the apostles, the establishment of the church, and the various councils that established theological doctrine. But the history of Christianity from the Reformation to the present is equally dramatic and profoundly relevant. It's a story about people as much as theology - our cultures, our politics, our relationship to the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A history from someone who takes Christianity seriously

  • By Cecilia Mills on 03-31-18

Good overview of the history of Christianity

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Reviewed: 04-24-18

A good account of the progress of history of Christianity till today. A bit more about China would be good.

  • The Modern Scholar: Faith and Reason: The Philosophy of Religion

  • By: Peter Kreeft
  • Narrated by: Peter Kreeft
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
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Through the ages, mankind has pursued questions of faith in something beyond the world of ordinary experience. Is there a God? How can we explain the presence of evil? Do humans, or human souls, live on after death? Is there a hell? The following lectures examine these eternal questions and present the most compelling arguments for and against God's existence, the seeming conflicts between religion and science, and the different truth-claims of the world's most popular religions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not without a perspective, but very good

  • By Joseph on 10-12-09

Good comparison of the world religions

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Reviewed: 03-28-18

This course gave a good comparison of the world’s religion and their essence. It gave compelling reasons for theism and how reasons actually supports faith.

  • The Modern Scholar: The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas

  • By: Prof. Peter Kreeft
  • Narrated by: Peter Kreeft
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 445

An enthusiastic admirer of the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, professor and philosopher Peter Kreeft details the rational thought and precise literary talent that established Aquinas as the foremost thinker of his time - and as the most important philosopher for the almost 200 years between Aristotle and Descartes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what an introduction to Aquinas should be.

  • By criticaltom on 04-04-10

Revelation of the truth

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Reviewed: 03-01-18

Masterfully and eloquently done. So much to learn and should be mandatory lesson to learning philosophy.

Thanks Dr. Kreeft. Amen

  • The Four Loves

  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: C. S. Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 960

 In this remarkable recording, C. S. Lewis shows why millions of readers have acclaimed him the greatest spokesman for Christianity in the 20th century. In a resonant, baritone voice, Lewis explores the nature of the four Greek words that are translated love in English: storge (affection), philia (friendship), eros (sexual or romantic love) and agape (selfless love).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful Views on Love

  • By William on 01-30-05

Profound and a must read to fully appreciate the meaning of love

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Reviewed: 01-14-18

C.S. Lewis has probably the best explanation of what love is. Every word must be understood to fully appreciate this talk.