A Secular Age [Audiobook]

A Secular Age [Audiobook]
A Secular Age [Audiobook] by Charles Taylor, read by Dennis Holland
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF | 43 hrs 14 mins | 1.16GB

What does it mean to say that we live in a secular age? Almost everyone would agree that we - in the West, at least - largely do. And clearly the place of religion in our societies has changed profoundly in the last few centuries. In what will be a defining book for our time, Charles Taylor takes up the question of what these changes mean - of what, precisely, happens when a society in which it is virtually impossible not to believe in God becomes one in which faith, even for the staunchest believer, is only one human possibility among others.

Taylor, long one of our most insightful thinkers on such questions, offers a historical perspective. He examines the development in "Western Christendom" of those aspects of modernity which we call secular. What he describes is in fact not a single, continuous transformation, but a series of new departures, in which earlier forms of religious life have been dissolved or destabilized and new ones have been created.

As we see here, today's secular world is characterized not by an absence of religion - although in some societies religious belief and practice have markedly declined - but rather by the continuing multiplication of new options, religious, spiritual, and anti-religious, which individuals and groups seize on in order to make sense of their lives and give shape to their spiritual aspirations.

What this means for the world - including the new forms of collective religious life it encourages, with their tendency to a mass mobilization that breeds violence - is what Charles Taylor grapples with, in a book as timely as it is timeless.

Verses from the Center [Audiobook]

Verses from the Center [Audiobook]
Verses from the Center: A Buddhist Vision of the Sublime [Audiobook] by Stephen Batchelor, read by the Author
2013 | OGG VBR V5 | 3 hrs 24 mins | 167.13MB

The understanding of the nature of reality is the insight upon which the Buddha was able to achieve his own enlightenment. This vision of the sublime is the source of all that is enigmatic and paradoxical about Buddhism. In Verses from the Center, Stephen Batchelor explores the history of this concept and provides readers with translations of the most important poems ever written on the subject, the poems of 2nd century philosopher Nagarjuna.

Philosophy: Who Needs It [Audiobook]

Philosophy: Who Needs It [Audiobook]
Philosophy: Who Needs It [Audiobook] by Ayn Rand, read by Lloyd James
2007 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 52 mins | 300.77MB

Who needs philosophy? Ayn Rand's answer: Everyone.

This collection of essays was the last work planned by Ayn Rand before her death in 1982. In it she summarizes her view of philosophy and deals with a broad spectrum of topics. According to Rand, the choice we make is not whether to have a philosophy but which one to have: a rational, conscious, and therefore practical one, or a contradictory, unidentified, and ultimately lethal one.

Written with all the clarity and eloquence that have placed Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy in the mainstream of American thought, these essays address such basic issues as education, morality, censorship, and inflation to prove that philosophy is the fundamental force in all our lives.

The Complete NIV Holy Bible [Audiobook]

The Complete NIV Holy Bible [Audiobook]
The Complete NIV Holy Bible (New International Version) [Audiobook] read by David Suchet
2014 | M4B@32 kbps | 83 hrs 29 mins | 1.17GB

Ever since he became a Christian at the age of forty, it has been Poirot actor David Suchet's dream to make an audio recording of the whole Bible. In between filming the final episodes of Poirot, David Suchet spent over 200 hours in the recording studio to create the very first full-length audio version of the NIV Bible spoken by a single British actor.

The Pig that Wants to be Eaten [Audiobook]

The Pig that Wants to be Eaten [Audiobook]
The Pig that Wants to be Eaten: And Ninety-Nine Other Thought Experiments [Audiobook] by Julian Baggini, read by Tom Lawrence
2010 | MP3@64 kbps + MOBI | 7 hrs 28 mins | 208.06MB

Julian Baggini presents 100 of the most interesting thought experiments: short scenarios which pose a problem in a vivid and concrete way, and invites the reader to think about possible answers for him/herself. Experiments cover identity, religion, art, ethics, language, knowledge and many more.

In every case, Baggini sets the problem up for the reader, and then offers some ways of approaching it. There are rarely 'right' or 'wrong' answers (though some answers are better than others), but the real point is in the exploration of the question. From Zeno's paradox to Groundhog Day (how do you make sense of a life of eternal recurrence?), via the pig that wants to be eaten (so should you eat him?), Plato's cave, Minority Report (is it right to punish people for what they are going to do, but haven't yet done?), and an American Werewolf in London (how can we tell whether we are awake or dreaming?), this book makes philosophy not only mind-stretching but also entertaining.

The Critical Thinker's Dictionary [Audiobook]

The Critical Thinker's Dictionary [Audiobook]
The Critical Thinker's Dictionary: Biases, Fallacies, and Illusions and What You Can Do About Them [Audiobook] by Robert Carroll, read by Kristin James
2014 | M4A | 11 hrs 53 mins | 327.04MB

"Know Thyself", advised the ancient Greek sages at a time when philosophers defined us as rational animals. Rationality was thought of as an ideal largely achievable by controlling the emotions and avoiding logical fallacies. Today, we know better. Biology and neuroscience have exposed the brain as a great deceiver. Unconscious biases drive us to believe and do things that the conscious mind explains in self-serving stories, making us appear more rational to ourselves than we really are. Modern science has taught us that rationality involves much more than just controlling the emotions and avoiding fallacies. Today's rational animal - what we call the critical thinker - must understand the unconscious biases that are directing many of our most important judgments and decisions.

The Critical Thinker's Dictionary explores the insights of ancient and modern philosophers along with the latest findings in such fields as neuroscience and behavioral economics to lay out the many obstacles and snares that await anyone committed to a rational life. The Critical Thinker's Dictionary isn't a collection of dry definitions, but a colorful, three-dimensional portrait of the major obstacles to critical thinking and what we can do to overcome them.

The Trial and Death of Socrates [Audiobook]

The Trial and Death of Socrates [Audiobook]
The Trial and Death of Socrates: Apology, Phaedo [Audiobook] by Plato, read by Bruce Alexander, Jamie Glover, Neville Jason, Gordon Griffin, David Timson
2001 | MP3@128 kbps | 4 CDs | 255.81MB

Most of us remember THE APOLOGY as one of those dry Philosophy 101 texts we struggled to finish, but Tom Griffith's new translation in this Naxos production is far from dry. Socrates's defense of his life and, ironically, of his death, possesses a stunning immediacy: It is colloquial yet faithful, contemporary yet ancient, poignant yet timeless. The performance of Bruce Alexander, Jamie Glover, and company brings all the graceful resignation and patient humor of the 72-year-old man to new life, as only seasoned actors can. They give us the feel of what it must have been like in the jail that strange day 2,500 years ago when Athens put their most thoughtful citizen to death because he troubled their sleep.

Naxos even provides an original soundtrack, haunting and meditative, to bridge the awkward transitions in the action. Everything is done, in short, to take Socrates from that dry 101 text to our own neighborhood.

Holy Blood, Holy Grail [Audiobook]

Holy Blood, Holy Grail [Audiobook]
Holy Blood, Holy Grail [Audiobook] by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln, read by Simon Prebble
2006 | MP3@128 kbps | 9 hrs 39 mins | 528.46MB

Is the traditional, accepted view of the life of Christ in some way incomplete?

  • Is it possible Christ did not die on the cross?
  • Is it possible Jesus was married, a father, and that his bloodline still exists?
  • Is it possible that parchments found in the South of France a century ago reveal one of the best-kept secrets of Christendom?
  • Is it possible that these parchments contain the very heart of the mystery of the Holy Grail?

According to the authors of this extraordinarily provocative, meticulously researched book, not only are these things possible — they are probably true! so revolutionary, so original, so convincing, that the most faithful Christians will be moved; here is the book that has sparked worldwide controversey.

Descartes: An Introduction [Audiobook]

Descartes: An Introduction [Audiobook]
Descartes: An Introduction [Audiobook] by Ross Burman, read by Jonathan Oliver, Roy McMillan
2010 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 14 mins | 143.33MB

Rene Descartes is one of the formative figures in Western philosophy, logic and mathematics. His famous statement: 'I think, therefore I am', has become perhaps the most famous phrase in all of philosophy. Descartes' ground-breaking writings attempted to establish unshakeable foundations of knowledge, and set a trend for subsequent Western philosophy, which has endlessly critiqued and expanded upon his ideas. This title is read by Jonathan Oliver with Roy McMillan. It introduces the listener to the life and work of one of the greatest thinkers of all time.

Simply Jesus [Audiobook]

Simply Jesus [Audiobook]
Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters [Audiobook] by N T Wright, read by James Langton
2011 | M4B@64 kbps | 10 hrs 35 mins | 294.2MB

We have grown used to the battles over Jesus—whether he was human or divine, whether he could do miracles or just inspire them, whether he even existed. Much of the church defends tradition, while critics take shots at the institution and its beliefs. But what if these debates have masked the real story of Jesus? What if even Jesus’s defenders have been so blinded by their focus on defending the church’s traditions that they have failed to grapple with what the New Testament really teaches?

Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright summarizes a lifetime of study of Jesus and the New Testament in order to present for a general audience who Jesus was and is. In Simply Jesus, we are invited to hear one of our leading scholars introduce the story of the carpenter’s son from Nazareth as if we were hearing it for the first time.

“Jesus—the Jesus we might discover if we really looked,” explains Wright, “is larger, more disturbing, more urgent than we had ever imagined. We have successfully managed to hide behind other questions and to avoid the huge, world-shaking challenge of Jesus’s central claim and achievement. It is we, the churches, who have been the real reductionists. We have reduced the kingdom of God to private piety; the victory of the cross to comfort for the conscience; Easter itself to a happy, escapist ending after a sad, dark tale. Piety, conscience, and ultimate happiness are important, but not nearly as important as Jesus himself.” As the church faces the many challenges of the twenty-first century, Wright has presented a vision of Jesus that more than meets them.

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