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  1. Human Life, Human Dignity

    Human Life, Human Dignity

    Conversation 18

    Author: Leon R. Kass
    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1 Hr. - Unabridged
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    Modern people tend to ignore questions about the nature and purpose of things while learning to control them more efficiently. But as science and technology offer us the ability to fundamentally transform human nature, we can no longer avoid addressing metaphysical questions. The crisis of our time, many thinkers agree, is one concerning the definition of human nature. In “Human Life, Human Dignity,” Leon R. Kass outlines what is at stake and sets forth a framework for indispensable discussions surrounding biotechnologies. Kass stresses that we must approach the discussion with reverence and awe and that a major component of the discussion should be the notion of human dignity. Kass recommends that we turn first not to the findings of science and technology, but to the canon of “residual wisdom” in the East and West—found in literary, philosophical, and religious traditions—that vividly depicts human nature in its glories and tragedies.
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  2. A Visit to Vanity Fair

    A Visit to Vanity Fair

    Moral Essays on the Present Age

    Author: Alan Jacobs
    Narrator: Alan Jacobs
    Runtime: 5.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Alan Jacobs, professor of English at Wheaton College, has been a regular guest on the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal since 1993, discussing subjects ranging from the problem of literary sentimentalism (as in The Bridges of Madison County), and the delights of historical fiction (as in seafaring narratives of Patrick O’Brian) to the repulsive attraction of the vampire novels of Anne Rice. In his most recent book, A Visit to Vanity Fair: Moral Essays on the Present Age, Jacobs displays a similar range of breadth and depth, as well as significant portions of wit and grace. Included are essays on the mystery of true friendship (Friendship and Its Discontents), the severing of theology and literature (Preachers without Poetry), and the desire to know the future (Dowsing in Scripture).
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  3. Sundar Singh (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)

    Sundar Singh (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)

    Footprints Over the Mountains

    Narrator: Tim Gregory
    Runtime: 4.32 Hrs - Unabridged
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    As Sundar preached the gospel to the crowd, the monastery guard marched forward and arrested him. Sundar was dragged to the edge of town and hurled to the bottom of an abandoned well. The air was putrid. Desperation and loneliness soon washed over him. Left to die, Sundar leaned against the side of the well and began to pray.   Searching since boyhood for the way to God, Sundar Singh found truth in Jesus Christ. At sixteen, the former Sikh became a Christian sadhu, or holy man, and at great risk devoted his life to Christ. With bare feet and few possessions, Sundar crossed the precarious Himalayas between India and Tibet many times, sharing the gospel with Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs - even thieves.   As he traveled, Sundar constantly read the Bible, prayed, and meditated, confident that God was always with him, even in the face of death. Preaching in Asia, Europe, and as far away as America, this Indian saint impacted thousands with his quiet yet bold words and actions. (1889-1929)
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  4. Understanding Islam

    Understanding Islam

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    Nabeel Jabbour has excellent credentials: He's a native of Syria, a resident of Egypt for fifteen years, a possessor of advanced theological degrees, and the author of a book on Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt. In this lecture, Jabbour outlines the tenets of Islam, addressing the issues of compassion and understanding between faiths.
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  5. The Crisis of Islam and the Crisis of the West

    The Crisis of Islam and the Crisis of the West

    Conversation 19

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 0.8 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Since the events of September 11, 2001, many people in the West have been pursuing crash courses in understanding Islamic belief and history. They have realized the wisdom of acquiring some historical perspective on what appears to be a clash of civilizations. Bernard Lewis, a Western historian of the Middle East whose work is recognized around the world, provides that essential perspective. In this Conversation, Lewis discusses his book What Went Wrong? Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response.
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  6. Liberty for All

    Liberty for All

    Defending Everyone's Religious Freedom in a Pluralistic Age

    Narrator: Tom Parks
    Runtime: 8.8 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Christians are often thought of as defending only their own religious interests in the public square. They are viewed as worrying exclusively about the erosion of their freedom to assemble and to follow their convictions, while not seeming as concerned about publicly defending the rights of Muslims, Hindus, Jews, and atheists to do the same. Andrew T. Walker, an emerging Southern Baptist public theologian, argues for a robust Christian ethic of religious liberty that helps the church defend religious freedom for everyone in a pluralistic society. Whether explicitly religious or not, says Walker, every person is striving to make sense of his or her life. The Christian foundations of religious freedom provide a framework for how Christians can navigate deep religious difference in a secular age. As we practice religious liberty for our neighbors, we can find civility and commonality amid disagreement, further the church's engagement in the public square, and become the strongest defenders of religious liberty for all. Foreword by noted Princeton scholar Robert P. George.
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  7. Not by Accident: The Improbability of Life Itself

    Not by Accident: The Improbability of Life Itself

    Author: Dean Overman
    Runtime: 51 Min. - Unabridged
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    In Not By Accident: The Improbability of Life Itself, Dean Overman discusses the inadequacy of historic and current scientific understandings of the origin of life.
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  8. Dancing Lessons: Eugene Peterson on Theology and the Rhythms of Life

    Dancing Lessons: Eugene Peterson on Theology and the Rhythms of Life

    Conversation 26

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.21 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    In his 2005 book, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, pastor/theologian Eugene Peterson argued that believers should attend to the way God works in creation, history, and community. Such attention prevents theology from being mere abstraction and spirituality from becoming vague and gnostic. In this Conversation, Peterson discusses the necessity of taking time in worship; the benefits and liabilities of small groups; the delightful gifts of language; and the centrality of "fear of the Lord" in describing our response to God's initiative in salvation.
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  9. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 102

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 102

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 2.2 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 102: Daniel M. Bell, Jr., on recovering the view that the just war tradition is more about the shaping of character and virtue than a checklist for political leaders; Lew Daly, on how the discussion concerning faith-based initiatives raised larger issues about the identity of social groups in American society; Adam K. Webb, on whether the traditional personal and communal virtues in premodern village life must be abandoned for poverty to be alleviated; Stratford Caldecott, on how denying the reality of beauty is linked to a denial of the coherent meaning of Creation; James Matthew Wilson, on Jacques Maritain's pilgrimage to faith and his subsequent development of a rich philosophy of beauty; and Thomas Hibbs, on the similar projects of painters Georges Rouault (1871-1958) and Makoto Fujimura (b. 1960), and how they each resisted various confusions in modern art.
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  10. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 68

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 68

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 68: Murray Milner, Jr., on American teenagers, schools, and the culture of consumption, and on how the choices of parents create the institutional framework for the lives of adolescents; Steven C. Vryhof, on faith-based schools and the maintaining of community; Douglas J. Schuurman, on recovering the Reformation's vision of vocation as neighbor-love and instrument of providence; Robert Gagnon, on Biblical teaching about homosexuality and how it is being ignored; Richard Stivers, on the role of technologies and "technique" in creating a sense of loneliness; and Quentin Schultze, on the role of religious paradigms in the American understanding of mass media.
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  11. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 88

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 88

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.83 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 88: Michael J. Lewis, on Body Worlds, human nature and Western Art; Diana Pavlac Glyer, on the influence of the Inklings on each others’ writings; Steve Talbott, on how the aims of education are distracted by technology; Darryl Tippens, on why we sing; Everett Ferguson, on the place of music in the Early Church; Alexander Lingas, on the tradition of music in the Eastern churches; and Calvin Stapert, on the nature of meaning in music.
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  12. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 79

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 79

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.77 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 79: Carson Holloway, on why sociobiology and evolutionary psychology are inadequate bases for sustaining political ideals; Peter Augustine Lawler, on why we are more than "individuals" narrowly defined; Hadley Arkes, on the difference, in law, between evidence from social scientific data and moral truths; Ben Witherington, III, on why The Da Vinci Code's implausible account of history seems credible to many people; Christopher Shannon, on Ivan Illich (Medical Nemesis) and the loss of belief in the possibility that suffering can be meaningful; Roger Lundin, on how nature and experience replaced revelation as a source of authority (and why they fail to serve as such), and on the necessity of humility in writing biographies.
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  13. Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 126

    Mars Hill Audio Journal, Volume 126

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 2.08 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Guests on Volume 126: James W. Skillen, on how all human cultural activity, including politics, should be understood in the context of God’s good purposes for Creation; Christian Smith, on how American sociology is not (as is claimed) a disinterested scientific endeavor but the pursuit of a sacred project driven by sacred commitments; B. W. Powe, on the unique “apocalyptic” insights of Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye; David Downing, on C. S. Lewis’s The Pilgrim’s Regress; Roger Scruton, on the inability for materialism to give a satisfactory account of our experience of the material world; and Jonathan Arnold, on the curious place of sacred music in a secular society.
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  14. Engaging with Muslims

    Engaging with Muslims

    Runtime: 3.00 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Many Christians in the west are fearful of engaging in conversation with Muslims - believing that they will be hostile to Christian beliefs and conversations about the Bible.This short book is designed to help both Christians and whole churches understand more about the variety of Muslims there are living in the West, and to reach out to them with the good news of the Gospel.
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  15. Manners and the Civil Society

    Manners and the Civil Society

    Narrator: Ken Myers
    Runtime: 1.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Essays by Judith Martin ("Miss Manners"), Gertrude Himmelfarb, Deal Hudson, and James Morris discuss the relationship between manners and morals, and address the way in which the survival of a democratic society depends upon its citizens' respect for one another—respect that is manifested in the symbolic language of manners.
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