In the Valley of the Shadow: On the Foundations of Religious Belief On the Foundations of Religious Belief, James L. Kugel
  • List: $16.99  |  Sale: $11.89
    Club: $8.49
    • Facebook Share
    • Twitter Share
    • Pinterest Share

Details

In the Valley of the Shadow: On the Foundations of Religious Belief

Author: James L. Kugel

Narrator: George K. Wilson

Unabridged: 8 hr 12 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Published: 02/23/2011

Genre: Religion - Inspirational

Synopsis

When James L. Kugel, one of the world's leading biblical scholars, was diagnosed with an aggressive, likely fatal form of cancer, he said, "I was, of course, disturbed and worried. But the main change in my state of mind was that the background music suddenly stopped. Now I was just down to myself, one little person, sitting in the late summer sun, with only a few things left to do." He recognized that same feeling of smallness expressed in many early religious writings, and in the months that followed, he began a journey of discovery, reexamining the most basic questions about the origins of religion and its universality, which had taken on immediate and vital importance for him. Weaving reflections on his own struggle—the love of his family became "as tangible as bread"—with the writings of anthropologists, neuroscientists, and poets, he leads listeners from prehistoric religious practices to the religious doubts of modern times via an amazing array of topics: the eerie starkness of medieval cathedral architecture; the "looming Outside" revealed in African witchcraft; biblical encounters with angels; gospel album covers; and—through it all—the peculiar "sense of smallness" that, he argues, characterizes how all humans used to conceive of themselves. Kugel's look at the whole phenomenon of religion is rigorously honest, often funny, sometimes skeptical, but ultimately a deeply moving affirmation of faith in God. Believers and doubters alike will be struck by its combination of objective scholarship and poetic insight—a beautifully crafted consideration of life's greatest mystery.

Recommended

How to See Yourself As You Really Are, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
How to See Yourself As You Really Are
by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA REVEALS THE KEY TO ACHIEVING HAPPINESS AND A MEANINGFUL LIFE. In How to See Yourself as You Really Are, the world's foremost Buddhist leader teaches listeners how to recognize and dispel misguided notions of self and em...

Narrator: Jeffrey Hopkins
Published: 12/05/2006

Jesus on Trial A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel, David Limbaugh
Jesus on Trial
by David Limbaugh

New York Times Bestseller!In Jesus on Trial, David Limbaugh applies his lifetime of legal experience to a unique new undertaking: making a case for the gospels as hard evidence of the life and work of Jesus Christ. Limbaugh, a practicing attorney an...

Narrator: Walter Dixon
Published: 09/08/2014

When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Harold S. Kushner
When Bad Things Happen to Good People
by Harold S. Kushner

As a young theology student, Harold Kushner puzzled over the Book of Job. As a small-town rabbi he counseled other people through pain and grief. But not until he learned that his three-year-old son, Aaron, would die in his early teens of a rare dis...

Narrator: Harold S. Kushner
Published: 07/05/2000

Living in Favor, Abundance and Joy, Joel Osteen
Living in Favor, Abundance and Joy
by Joel Osteen

AVAILABLE ONLY ON AUDIO…TEN OF JOEL OSTEEN’S MOST INSPIRING SERMONS, RECORDED LIVE AT LAKEWOOD CHURCH!To live in God’s favor is to live a life filled with hope, abundance and joy. God has a new beginning in store for you! Whatever ...

Narrator: Joel Osteen
Published: 03/09/2010

The Magic of Thinking Big, David Schwartz
The Magic of Thinking Big
by David Schwartz

Millions of people throughout the world have improved their lives using The Magic of Thinking Big. Dr. David J. Schwartz, long regarded as one of the foremost experts on motivation, will help you sell better, manage better, earn more money, and -- m...

Narrator: Jason Culp,David Schwartz
Published: 03/28/1986

The Awakening of HK Derryberry My Unlikely Friendship with the Boy Who Remembers Everything, Andy Hardin
The Awakening of HK Derryberry
by Andy Hardin

2017 Audie Winner: Inspirational/Faith-Based Non-Fiction Audiobook and Earphones Award from Audiofile MagazineThe Awakening of HK Derryberry is the inspiring story of how one man was willing to step out of his upper middle-class world into the ...

Narrator: Milton Bagby
Published: 09/13/2016

When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Harold S. Kushner
When Bad Things Happen to Good People
by Harold S. Kushner

Offers a moving and humane approach to understanding life's windstorms.Raises many questions that will challenge your mind and test your faith regarding the ultimate questions of life and death.From the Hardcover edition.

Narrator: Harold S. Kushner
Published: 10/06/2009

Good, Better, Blessed Living with Purpose, Power and Passion, Joel Osteen
Good, Better, Blessed
by Joel Osteen

AVAILABLE ONLY ON AUDIO...TEN OF JOEL OSTEEN'S MOST POWERFUL SERMONS, RECORDED LIVE AT LAKEWOOD CHURCH! The Bible clearly teaches that God came to earth in order to give us an abundant life. It was never His intention for you to live in mediocri...

Narrator: Joel Osteen
Published: 12/30/2008

Daily Readings from Become a Better You Devotions for Improving Your Life Every Day, Joel Osteen
Daily Readings from Become a Better You
by Joel Osteen

No Matter What You Are In Life, You Can Be Better! In Become a Better You, pastor and bestselling author Joel Osteen provided 7 key principles designed to improve and enrich every area of your life and explained how each will positively impact y...

Narrator: Joel Osteen
Published: 10/14/2008
{"id":"242027","ean":"9781452670485","abr":"Unabridged","title":"In the Valley of the Shadow: On the Foundations of Religious Belief","subtitle":"On the Foundations of Religious Belief","author":"James L. Kugel","rating_average":"0","narrator":"George K. Wilson","ubr_id":"242027","abr_id":"0","ubr_price":"16.99","abr_price":"0.00","ubr_memprice":"10.19","abr_memprice":"0.00","ubr_narrator":"George K. Wilson","abr_narrator":"","ubr_length":"Unabridged: 8 hr 30 min","abr_length":"Abridged: "}