No matter what one ultimately decides about Benedict, it remains incontrovertible that he is a remarkable man. Not only was he a world-class theologian before he was elected to the papacy, but he also gained renown by becoming the first pope to resign freely since Celestine V. He has always been a man who is concerned with the direction of humanity and the triumph of truth, love, and goodness. His zest for life manifests itself not only through his dedication to the church, to theology, and to his ministry but also through his love of Mozart, his affection for his cat, and his enthusiastic admiration of the beauty of creation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Glass. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037033de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
O you who believe! Have fear of God, and be among the truthful.” (Quran 9:119) Ask the average person to define truthfulness and the answer will most likely be restricted to something about truthful speech. Islam, however, teaches that truthfulness is far more than having an honest tongue. In Islam, truthfulness is the conformity of the outer with the inner, the action with the intention, the speech with belief, and the practice with the preaching. As such, truthfulness is the very cornerstone of the upright Muslim’s character and the springboard for his virtuousness deeds. The great sage and scholar of Islam, Ibn al-Qayyim, said: “Truthfulness is the greatest of stations, from it sprout all the various stations of those traversing the path to God; and from it sprouts the upright path which if not trodden, perdition is that person’s fate. Through it is the hypocrite distinguished from the believer and the inhabitant of Paradise from the denizen of Hell. It is the sword of God in His earth: it is not placed on anything except that it cuts it; it does not face falsehood expect that it hunts it and vanquishes it; whoever fights with it will not be defeated; and whoever speaks it, his word will be made supreme over his opponent. It is the very essence of deeds and the well spring of spiritual states, it allows the person to embark boldly into dangerous situations, and it is the door through which one enters the presence of the One possessing Majesty. It is the foundation of the building of Islam, the central pillar of the edifice of certainty and the next level in ranking after the level of prophethood.” By practicing truthfulness, a person betters himself, his life is made upright and due to it, he is elevated to praiseworthy heights and raised in ranks in the sight of God as well as the people.
What can Galileo´s extraordinary life and profound legacy teach us today? Galileo´s story is a touchstone in debates about science and religion, but our preconceptions inevitably color the way we see the issues. To understand who Galileo was, what he accomplished, and what you can learn from his triumphs and failures, you need a great teacher to place him in context by exploring the cosmologies, political and religious and historical events, and famous people of his generation. You also need to get a sense of the man himself: from his family background and early ambitions to the person he grew into as he became a father, a rising celebrity, a literary lion, and ultimately an infirm but unbroken old man. In Galileo: Science, Faith, and the Catholic Church, you will explore the context and implications of the Galileo affair - the events that culminated in his condemnation by the Roman Catholic Church. You can take no better guide than Dr. Guy Consolmagno, a renowned astronomer, Jesuit brother, and popular writer. The Galileo affair resonates with our own times. Although the debate about an earth or sun-centered universe is long past, the ways we react to new ideas hasn´t changed at all. All of the hopes, fears, and misunderstandings that surrounded Galileo and his opponents we still face today in our encounters with science and religion. By spending time with Galileo and his story, you will enrich your own faith and increase your understanding of science and religion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dr. Guy Consolmagno SJ PhD. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/nykm/000071de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions for contraceptives. Surgeons who pray in the OR. Pro-life clinics and end-of-life interventions, intelligent-design activists and stem-cell-research opponents. Is this the state of modern medicine in America? In Blind Faith, Dr. Richard P. Sloan examines the fragile balance and dangerous alliance between religion and medicine - two practices that have grown disconcertingly close during the 21st century. While Sloan does not dispute the fact that religion can bring a sense of comfort in times of difficulty, he nevertheless believes, and in fact proves, that there is no compelling evidence that faith provides an actual cure for any ailment.By exposing the flawed research, Sloan gives readers the tools to understand when good medical science is subverted and, at the same time, provides a thought-provoking examination into the origins and varieties of faith, and human nature itself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dean Sluyter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007543de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On May 17th, 1968, a group of Catholic antiwar activists burst into a draft board in suburban Baltimore, stole hundreds of Selective Service records (which they called ´´death certificates´´), and burned the documents in a fire fueled by homemade napalm. The bold actions of the ´´Catonsville Nine´´ quickly became international news and captured headlines throughout the summer and fall of 1968 when the activists, defended by radical attorney William Kunstler, were tried in federal court. In The Catonsville Nine, Shawn Francis Peters, a Catonsville native, offers the first comprehensive account of this key event in the history of 1960´s protest. While thousands of supporters thronged the streets outside the courthouse, the Catonsville Nine - whose ranks included activist priests Philip and Daniel Berrigan - delivered passionate indictments of the war in Vietnam and the brutality of American foreign policy. The proceedings reached a stirring climax, as the nine activists led the entire courtroom (the judge and federal prosecutors included) in the Lord´s Prayer. Peters gives listeners vivid, blow-by-blow accounts of the draft raid, the trial, and the ensuing manhunt for the Berrigans, George Mische, and Mary Moylan, who went underground rather than report to prison. He also examines the impact of Daniel Berrigan´s play, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, and the larger influence of this remarkable act of civil disobedience. More than 40 years after they stormed the draft board, the Catonsville Nine are still invoked by both secular and religious opponents of militarism. Based on a wealth of sources, including archival documents, the activists´ previously unreleased FBI files, and a variety of eyewitness accounts, The Catonsville Nine tells a story as relevant and instructive today as it was in 1968. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Runnette. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018789de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Christian Entirely the Property of Christ, in Life and Death, Exhibited in Fifty-Three Sermons on the Heidelbergh Catechism:Wherein the Doctrine of Faith, Received in the Reformed Church, Is Defended Against the Principal Opponents, and the Practical John Vanderkemp
The Christian Entirely the Property of Christ, in Life and Death, Vol. 2:Exhibited in Fifty-Three Sermons on the Heidelbergh Catechism, Wherein the Doctrine of Faith, Received in the Reformed Church, Is Defended Against the Principal Opponents, and the P John Vanderkemp
My name is Chinie Chin Chen. I am the Emperor of the Kingdom of Chen. We´re a small kingdom, recently founded. I am the first emperor!!! I would like to share with you the story of how we founded the Kingdom of Chen, and how I became its Emperor. It is a story about faith, humility, courage, wisdom, leadership, strategy, ingenuity, and love... about choosing between life and death... about respecting your opponent and understanding his deception... about divine intervention and awesome power... and about eternal salvation. In it, we tell the tale of how the Kingdom of Chen battled evil and emerged victorious and rejoicing!!! It is also a story about oranges and books??? Come on in and give us a listen. You will be moved, enlightened, teary, and be on the edge of your seat!!! Enjoy!!! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chinie Chin Chen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/032884de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´You can only find out the rights and wrongs by reasoning - never by being rude about your opponent´s psychology.´ For C. S. Lewis, reason and logic are the sensible way to approach faith and ethics. Much of the 20th century´s ills are caused by ill-founded beliefs and opinions. Lewis´ original approach remains as vital today as ever. He is able to take the most convoluted subject, turn it side on and shed bright illumination on it. To be able to see along things rather than at them - just like a beam of sunlight that invades the darkness of a toolshed - is, to Lewis, the way to understanding. Written variously between 1940 and 1962, this collection of essays represents the best of Lewis´ considerable wisdom on the great ethical and theological concerns of the day. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Noble. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002908de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How God Captures the Imagination. This book was previously released with the title, Myth Became Fact: Storytelling, Imagination & Apologetics in the Bible. Brian Godawa, Hollywood screenwriter and novelist, explores the nature of imagination in the Bible. How God subverts pagan religions by appropriating their creativity and redeeming them within a biblical worldview. Improve your imagination in glorifying God and defending the faith. Here are the chapters, and what you will learn: Demonizing the Pagan Gods: God verbally attacked his opponents, pagans and their gods, by using sarcasm, mockery, and name-calling. He called them what they really were: demons. Demonization is not wrong if they really are demonic. Old Testament Storytelling Apologetics: Israel shared creative images with their pagan neighbors: The sea dragon of chaos, and the storm god. The Bible invests them with new meaning. Biblical Creation and Storytelling: creation stories in the ancient Near East and the Bible both express a primeval battle of deity to create order out of chaos. But how do they differ? The Universe in Ancient Imagination: a comparison and contrast of the biblical picture of the universe with the ancient pagan one. What´s the difference? New Testament Storytelling Apologetics: Paul´s sermon to the pagans on Mars Hill is an example of the apologetics of subversion: communicating the gospel in terms of a pagan narrative, with a view toward replacing their worldview. Christian imagination and apologetics work together. Imagination in Prophecy and Apocalypse: God uses imaginative descriptions of future events to intentionally obscure his message from unbelievers, while at the same time showing the true meaning of history to believers. This will help you understand the end times better. An Apologetic of Biblical Horror: learn how God uses th... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Godawa. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/063502de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.