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  • The New Testament

  • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Whether taken as a book of faith or a cultural artifact, the New Testament is among the most significant writings the world has ever known, its web of meaning relied upon by virtually every major writer in the last 2,000 years. Yet the New Testament is not only one of Western civilization’s most believed books, but also one of its most widely disputed, often maligned, and least clearly understood, with a vast number of people unaware of how it was written and transmitted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly Compelling

  • By Jonathan on 23-11-14

It's an atheists view

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-15

Would you try another book written by The Great Courses and Bart D. Ehrman or narrated by Professor Bart D. Ehrman?

Christians Beware: this course is given by an atheist looking to dismiss the Christian message.Professor Ehrman's atheism may distress some Christian readers but he is a respected scholar and for those with a strong faith there is some content the robust believer will find helpful. One wonders who else might be interested, in fact. Why would an agnostic or atheist waste their time on such an in-depth study of the New Testament?

Any additional comments?

Ehrman presents his own arguments clearly but does not really consider many of the alternatives to his viewpoint. He implies that Christianity chooses to overlook many of his challenges whereas they have been tackled often over the centuries. For example, Pope Benedict XVI's books 'Jesus of Nazareth' deal with the inconsistencies in the resurrection narratives. Differing accounts from various reporters are hardly proof of falsehood and who would expect the evangelists to be neutral in their portrayal of events when objectivity eludes most historians! For all but the most ardent of biblical fundamentalists this is hardly an impediment to faith.

13 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Finding Happiness

  • By: Abbot Christopher Jamison
  • Narrated by: Abbot Christopher Jamison
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

In this audiobook Abbot Christopher turns to monastic wisdom to offer answers, and to explain that in essence happiness is a gift not an achievement, the fruit of giving and receiving blessings. Everybody is searching for happiness but not everybody knows how to find it. In modern Britain, more and more people say that their life is too materialistic and superficial, which leads to a feeling of dissatisfaction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Antidote to Modern Life!,

  • By Andy T on 24-11-08

Meaning and direction

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-14

What made the experience of listening to Finding Happiness the most enjoyable?

Rooted in the real world

What did you like best about this story?

A practical guide to finding meaning 24/7 not just for an a hour a week in church

What does Christopher Jamison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

An expert on the subject reading his own book.

Any additional comments?

This is a good book for those looking for meaning in their lives beyond the ups and downs of everyday life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Finding Sanctuary

  • By: Abbot Christopher Jamison
  • Narrated by: Abbot Christopher Jamison
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Have you ever wondered why everybody these days seems so busy? In Finding Sanctuary, Father Christopher Jamison, the Abbot from BBC TV's The Monastery, offers practical wisdom from the monastic tradition on how to build sanctuary into your life. In The Monastery, the Abbot guided five modern men (and three million viewers) to a new approach to life; this audiobook now offers the listener a similar opportunity. No matter how hard you work, being too busy is not inevitable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finding Sanctuary

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-10-07

Without the Monastery Walls

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-12

An excellent book for those looking to link their search for happiness to a practical way of living their faith.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful