Making Man in Reason's Image [Audiobook]
24 October 2013, 06:38
2006 | MP3 VBR 120 kbps | 14 CDs | 403.0MB
Eighteenth-century Europe saw a flowering of ideas that shook the social and political order of the day. Voltaire, Locke, Diderot, and Kant and other great thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment, as this period would come to be known, sought to rid society of the shackles of superstition and ignorance by promoting such then-radical ideas as the inalienable rights of the individual, religious toleration, and the power of reason and science to better mankind.
Discussed in the coffee houses, salons, academies, and secret societies of Europe and Britain, Enlightenment ideals influenced the architects of the French Revolution and the founding fathers of the United States, and would go on to become the foundation of modern political, economic, and social theory. In this fascinating course, Professor James Schmidt explores the great thinkers and ideas -- as well as the controversies -- of this intellectually rich period in history.
A Short History of Myth [Audiobook]
23 October 2013, 13:25
2005 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 3 hrs 30 mins | 97.7MB
What are myths? How have they evolved? And why do we still so desperately need them?
The history of myth is the history of humanity; our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, link us to our ancestors and each other. Myths help us make sense of the universe. Armstrong takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to the "Great Western Transformation" of the last 500 years and the discrediting of myth by science.
Heralding a major series of retellings of international myths by authors from around the world, Armstrong's characteristically insightful and eloquent book serves as a brilliant and thought-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense - and why we dismiss it only at our peril.
The Bible: A Biography [Audiobook]
23 October 2013, 13:24
2007 | MP3@128 kbps | 6 hrs 08 mins | 336.61MB
As the single work at the heart of Christianity, the world’s largest organized religion, the Bible is the spiritual guide for one out of every three people in the world. It is also the world’s most widely distributed book and its best-selling, with an estimated six billion copies sold in the last two hundred years. But the Bible is a complex work with a complicated and obscure history. Its contents have changed over the centuries, it has been transformed by translation and, through interpretation, has developed manifold meanings to various religions, denominations, and sects.
In this seminal account, acclaimed historian Karen Armstrong discusses the conception, gestation, life, and afterlife of history’s most powerful book. Armstrong analyzes the social and political situation in which oral history turned into written scripture, how this all-pervasive scripture was collected into one work, and how it became accepted as Christianity’s sacred text, and how its interpretation changed over time. Armstrong’s history of the Bible is a brilliant, captivating book, crucial in an age of declining faith and rising fundamentalism.