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    • Why We Need Religion

    • By: Stephen T. Asma
    • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
    • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Stephen Asma argues that, like art, religion has direct access to our emotional lives in ways that science does not. No theorist of religion has failed to notice the importance of emotions in spiritual and ritual life, but truly systematic research has only recently delivered concrete data on the neurology, psychology, and anthropology of the emotional systems. This very recent "affective turn" has begun to map out a powerful territory of embodied cognition. Why We Need Religion incorporates new data from these affective sciences into the philosophy of religion. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Open your mind

    • By William Shehan on 01-27-19

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Buddha for Beginners

    • By: Stephen T. Asma
    • Narrated by: John C. Winson
    • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Despite the widespread popularity of Buddhist practices (like meditation), there is little understanding of the complex philosophy behind Buddhism. The historical Buddha, Gautama, was a real person - a radical - who challenged the religious leaders of his day. Buddha for Beginners introduces the listener to the historical Buddha, to the ideas that made him change his life, and to the fascinating philosophical debates that engaged him and formed the core of Buddhism.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Narrators voice

    • By Carl on 02-07-18

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Why I Am a Buddhist

    • No-Nonsense Buddhism with Red Meat and Whiskey
    • By: Stephen T. Asma
    • Narrated by: Tom Pile
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    There have been a lot of books that have made the case for Buddhism. What makes this book fresh and exciting is Asma's iconoclasm, irreverence, and hardheaded approach to the subject. He is distressed that much of what passes for Buddhism is really little more than "New Age mush." He loudly asserts that it is time to "take the California out of Buddhism." And he presents a spiritual practice that does not require a belief in creeds or dogma.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Buddhism for the real world

    • By A.Lucas on 07-17-12

    Regular price: $19.95