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  • Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History | Rodney Stark

    Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Rodney Stark
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
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    As we all know, and as many of our well-established textbooks have argued for decades, the Inquisition was one of the most frightening and bloody chapters in Western history, Pope Pius XII was anti-Semitic and rightfully called "Hitler's Pope", the Dark Ages were a stunting of the progress of knowledge to be redeemed only by the secular spirit of the Enlightenment, and the religious Crusades were an early example of the rapacious Western thirst for riches and power. But what if these long-held beliefs were all wrong?

    bgdade says: "Historical Accuracy needed in modern world"
  • How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity | Rodney Stark

    How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rodney Stark
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
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    Modernity developed only in the West - in Europe and North America. Nowhere else did science and democracy arise; nowhere else was slavery outlawed. Only Westerners invented chimneys, musical scores, telescopes, eyeglasses, pianos, electric lights, aspirin, and soap. The question is, why? Unfortunately, that question has become so politically incorrect that most scholars avoid it. But acclaimed author Rodney Stark provides the answers in this sweeping new look at Western civilization.

    Adam Shields says: "We all have a bias"
  • God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades | Rodney Stark

    God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rodney Stark
    • Narrated By David Drummond
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    In God's Battalions, award-winning author Rodney Stark takes on the long-held view that the Crusades were the first round of European colonialism, conducted for land, loot, and converts by barbarian Christians who victimized the cultivated Muslims. To the contrary, Stark argues that the Crusades were the first military response to unwarranted Muslim terrorist aggression.

    Tad Davis says: "A lively and useful introduction"
  • The Triumph of Faith: Why the World Is More Religious than Ever | Rodney Stark

    The Triumph of Faith: Why the World Is More Religious than Ever

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rodney Stark
    • Narrated By David Drummond
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    Everybody seems to take it for granted that the world is getting more secular - that faith is doomed by modernity. Scientists, secularists, and atheists applaud the change; religious believers lament it. But here's the thing: They're all wrong, and acclaimed author Rodney Stark has the numbers to prove it. The Triumph of Faith explodes the myth that people around the world are abandoning religion.

    S. Anderson says: "Excellent in every way!"
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