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Summary

This absorbing audiobook presents the lives of 20 great founders and leading advocates of the world's foremost religions. Here are the historical facts and legends associated with these forceful personalities who have inspired and influenced humankind through the centuries.

In the telling of these vivid and fascinating life stories, the authors have also simply and clearly outlined the principal teachings of each of the great religions. The audiobook will give greater significance to the listener's own faith and a better understanding of the faith of others.

The great religious leaders whose lives and tenets are presented here are: Jesus, Moses, Isaiah, Zoroaster, Buddha, Confucius, John the Baptist, Paul, Muhammad, Francis of Assisi, John Huss, Luther, Loyola, Calvin, George Fox, Swedenborg, Wesley, Brigham Young, Mary Baker Eddy, and Gandhi.

©1959 Henry Thomas and Dana Lee Thomas (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • Tim
  • 04-05-06

History - the Revised Version

I knew I was in trouble with this book within the first 10 minutes. The authors state that what all these leaders have in common is their belief in the basic goodness of man and the conviction that all men will be drawn to God in time (my paraphrase). YIKES! Did these people REALLY study history, or did they merely report history as they wish it had been.

Anyone who does a serious study of Martin Luther & John Calvin would NEVER come to the conclusion that these two men believed in the basic goodness of man. Nor would they (nor Wesley) believe that all will be eventually drawn to God (especially Calvin).

This book represents liberal revisionism at its WORST.

Sadly, I had bought this book to learn about leaders from faiths outside my own, however the gross misrepresentation of those in my own faith totally eroded my trust in the authors' ability to accurately represent those of other faiths as well.

For example, while the plain facts of Martin Luther are presented accurately, he is portrayed as a cordial priest who disagreed with people in a rather agreeable fashion. Those who know history know that this is far from the truth. Nor was he passive and accepting of other reformers of his time. His disagreements with other reformers were very pronounced. These authors however, gloss over such things in the noble pursuit of getting to the "essence" of what Luther believed. Sadly, by emasculating great historical figures in this manner (convenient omissions), we will never discover the "essence" of who they truly were, nor what they believed.

I only give this book 1 star because I cannot give it 0 stars. After nearly 100 audiobooks, this will be only the third one I could not finish.

I had been interested in the author's other books, but my lack of trust in their objectivity will keep me from even considering their other works.

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  • Andy
  • 22-11-11

A well researched History

Comes across as a historical actual story rather than a book of interesting characters, however once the biographical details are out of the way there is some substance to the lives of these people who made a difference to the world we live in.

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