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

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

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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. By delving into the major characteristics of world religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, mankind's association with the many different varieties of religious practice is brought to light. Above all, Faith and Reason: The Philosophy of Religion lays the groundwork for a rational approach to pursuing questions of faith - and at the same time provides a better understanding of religion's ongoing importance in the realm of human experience.

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©2005 Peter Kreeft (P)2005 Recorded Books

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    Matt J. Florida, United States 04-12-15
    Matt J. Florida, United States 04-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fair Overview from a Christian Perspective"

    This course is a thorough overview of the philosophy of religion by a well-known Christian apologist and philosophy professor, Peter Kreeft. Prof Kreeft has a gift for taking the complex and making it simple and understandable. I chose this course looking for an overview of the theism/atheism debate and found it fit the bill perfectly. In fact, I listened to the entire course in a few days because I found it so interesting. Prof Kreeft set forth the arguments and criticisms for both sides. While his sympathies obviously lie with his Christian faith, he never preaches or conceals negative evidence.

    The course begins with a brief definition of religion and philosophy, and goes right into the various arguments and critiques of religion, primarily theism. While Prof Kreeft does address other religions at different points, his main area of exploration is contrasting Western theism with Western atheism.

    Prof Kreeft starts by explaining the argument for atheism, and focusing specifically on the argument from evil. The basic argument is that the existence of evil is inconsistent with the existence of God. Prof Kreeft presents the atheist view strongly and I think fairly. I have listened to many debates and arguments and he seems to have them all covered. Once he reveals the argument, he also offers criticisms of each one.

    Next, Prof Kreeft does the same for theism, beginning with the famous cosmological arguments and moving to others. Again, his presentation is fair, and balanced with credible critiques. I was excited and captivated by the fact that I could hear all of the arguments in one place.

    Prof Kreeft then turns to specific religious arguments for and against various beliefs, such as the afterlife, the belief in hell, and so on. He wraps up with a final lecture on religious experience.

    I would recommend this program to anyone interesting in the theism and atheism debate. Overall, I find that Prof Kreeft makes a strong philosophical argument for theism generally, but the arguments weaken as one draws nearer to specifics. I find his understanding of other religions to be more advanced than typical, but he is certainly no expert in Eastern religions. Accordingly, the course is most compelling when it stays true to theism / atheism, or religious belief / scientific materialism, it is compelling.

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    Juan Chamorro Spain 11-03-16
    Juan Chamorro Spain 11-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Approach to the main ideas of the world's religion"

    Very thorough but not overwhelming approach to comparative religion
    philosophy. You can learn what is common to the different religions

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    Dennis A. Jankowski USA 12-01-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Most cohesive update on apologetics I have read"
    What did you love best about The Modern Scholar: Faith and Reason: The Philosophy of Religion?

    Peter Kreeft presents a logical explanation of the best arguments for and against faith.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    What about Peter Kreeft’s performance did you like?

    His dry humor and clear way of explaining complicated topics.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It has way too much information. It would be better digested piece by piece so you have a couple days to think about what you read.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it. Wish there was a associated video presentation.

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    Tony Galiardi 10-08-15
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    "Outstanding"

    The first chapter was a bit dry but he quickly delves deep and allows the brain get to work. Thoroughly enjoyed Prof. Kreeft's knowledge and presentation. Also purchased his lectures on Aquinas and will look for other subjects by him as well because I will know of it's quality

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    Ali 09-06-15
    Ali 09-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent!"

    Excellent brief into philosophy of religion. Beautifully delivered, interesting, logical and fair. Enjoyed a lot.

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    Charles & Missy Reno, NV USA 07-02-15
    Charles & Missy Reno, NV USA 07-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Enlightenment plain and simple"

    If one desires to somehow "get a handle" on the world's major belief systems, this is the book for you. Krefeld is a remarkably plain speaking philosopher, a manner of particular comfort for me. He is a good "docent" on a tour to settle the soul.

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    David E. Bassert Jr. Fairfax, VA United States 06-27-15
    David E. Bassert Jr. Fairfax, VA United States 06-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant Scholar and Philosopher"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely would recommend! Prof. Kreeft has the gift of organizing and presenting complex topics in a systematic and logical way. His delivery is clear and clean, and he makes the most complex theological and philosophical concepts accessible to the novice.
    His logic is lucid and sound. Agree with him or not, you will find yourself thinking at a much higher level in order to support or refute his arguments.


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    Ben CULLMAN, AL, United States 06-23-15
    Ben CULLMAN, AL, United States 06-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great lecture"

    Really insightful into the thought and theories. He doesn't pick a side nor try to convince of anything. His goal is just to make you think.

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    Mr Timothy Webber 01-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Definitely Worth Downloading"

    I love the way Peter Kreeft attempts to provide all arguments for all sides... and i love that he numbers them, it makes it really easy to listen to. Usually if i pause too long on a philosophical reading i find i need to go back and re-listen to bring myself up to speed. But Kreeft's lectures are thoroughly enjoyable and accessible even in more bite size doses. Each topic was interesting and his voice was easy to listen to.

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    J.C. Florida 11-21-14
    J.C. Florida 11-21-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Listen to common sense ."
    Where does The Modern Scholar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books from The Modern Scholar series .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Understanding the nature superstitions and religions


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    Narrator;s voice and dynamics makes it interesting .


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Religion contradictions


    Any additional comments?

    This type of knowledge should be part of basic education

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    "faith of reason"

    faith and reason by peter kreeft- it is a very good audio book. i believe everyone should read it and listen to it.

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