World Religions

Gain a new perspective on the religions from the rest of the world! Understand Judaism, Islam and other types of Christianity with the help of world-renowned leading experts and these audio lectures.

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  • Glimpses into the Unknown: Eastern Christianity and Its Spiritual Traditions

    This brilliantly taught course invites you into the rich spiritual world of Eastern Christianity. Tracing their history back to the Apostolic Age, Eastern Christian Churches keep alive ancient traditions. The modern world has much to learn from Eastern Christians: their perspectives are fresh yet steeped in history, familiar yet unique. Despite its origins in the East, the narra...

    Tracing their history back to the Apostolic Age, Eastern Christian Churches keep alive ancient traditions. The modern world has much to learn from Eastern Christians: their perspectives are fresh yet steeped in history, familiar yet unique. Now, this course offers you a glimpse into the living faith of these churches. In 12 lectures, under the guidance of award-wining professor Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos, you will explore the rich spirituality of Eastern Christianity.

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  • Introduction to Islam

    If you’ve ever had questions about Islam, this course is for you. It is impossible to overestimate the influence of Islam, which brings inspiration and meaning to the lives of many millions of people worldwide. At the same time, misunderstandings about Islam abound. Now, in Introduction to Islam, you will explore the full sweep of the religion of Islam. Your ... If you’ve ever had questions about Islam, this course is for you. It is impossible to overestimate the influence of Islam, which brings inspiration and meaning to the lives of many millions of people worldwide. At the same time, misunderstandings about Islam abound. Now, in Introduction to Islam, you will explore the full sweep of the religion of Islam. Prof. Gabriel S. Reynolds will answer your most important questions about the fastest-growing religion in the world. Read More
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  • Great Catholic Philosophers

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    Explore the great minds who tackled the universe’s big questions. From antiquity to the Information Age, humankind has grappled with the reality of God, the existence of the soul, and the nature of creation. To ponder these questions is what makes us human. But until today, exploring them with the greatest thinkers of our tradition was practically impossible. Now, you are invited ...

    Explore the great minds who tackled the universe’s big questions. Great Catholic Philosophers takes you on a journey through two millennia of our rich philosophical tradition. You’ll encounter giants like Augustine and Aquinas as well as lesser-known minds, whose wisdom will illuminate you in equal measure. For this fascinating and fundamental course, you’ll take one of Catholicism’s premier philosophers as your guide, Fr. Harry Gensler, S.J. These lectures will deepen your understanding of human nature while strengthening your faith.

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  • The Bible and the Qur’an: A Comparative Study

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    What would you like to know about the Qur’an and its relationship to the Bible? Written in beautifully poetic and rhythmic language, the Qur’an comprises 114 suras (“chapters”). To Christians, its structure can at first seem unusual, and indeed, the Qur’an differs from our scriptures in fundamental ways. As you study the Qur’an, you will gain a deep appreciation... In this superb course, you will receive a general introduction to the Qur’an, paying particular attention to its relationship with the Bible. Prof. Gabriel Reynolds, a Catholic scholar of Islamic studies, guides you through the history, interpretation, and structure of the Qur’an. By embarking on this exploration, you will more deeply understand Islam and its conversation with Christianity. Begin this essential learning journey today. Read More
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  • Thomas Merton on Sufism

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    In the twentieth century, Thomas Merton, one of Christianity’s great mystics, encountered the ancient Eastern mystical tradition known as Sufism. The result was an outpouring of mystical insight and spiritual wisdom. In these talks, you will discover what first electrified Merton. The Sufi mystics have given us one of the world’s most read poets, Rumi, the beautiful mystical... In the twentieth century, Thomas Merton, one of Christianity’s great mystics, encountered the ancient Eastern mystical tradition known as Sufism. The result was an outpouring of mystical insight and spiritual wisdom. In these thirteen conferences, you will discover what first electrified Merton. Merton will bring you to new and exciting places as he reflects on Sufism and the mystical life. Read More

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  • The Golden Rule: A Moral Ideal for the World

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    In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus summarizes the core message of His teaching: “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you” (Mt 7:12). This idea, called the Golden Rule, is foundational to the Christian life. Now, you can to join one of the world’s leading authorities on the Golden Rule in applying these words to your daily life. Sometimes written as &... “Treat others as you want to be treated.” This idea, called the Golden Rule, is a foundational idea in cultures and philosophies throughout the world. Now you can join one of the world’s authorities on the Golden Rule in exploring its applications in the teachings of Jesus, philosophers throughout history, and modern thinkers. In 12 lectures, you will explore four essential areas of the Golden Rule: its basic applications, how it relates to religion, practicing the Golden Rule, and its history. Read More
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  • Mystics, Muslims, and Merton

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    Thomas Merton, one of the great mystics of the twentieth century, had a deep interest in Islam and its mystical tradition of Sufism. Now, you can join one of Catholicism’s great scholars on a fascinating journey through Merton’s encounter with Islam. Thomas Merton (1915–1968) was a Trappist monk whose numerous books made the Christian spiritual classics accessible to modern audi... Professor Sidney H. Griffith, S.T.L., Ph.D. Read More
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  • Christian and Islamic Theology

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    With about 1.7 billion members and growing, Islam is the second largest religion in the world. Now, you can understand Islam and its complex relationship with Christian theology. In Christian and Islamic Theology, you will deepen your own Christian theological reflection by examining the ways Islam addresses Christian teaching. In doing so, you will seek to remember what Bless... Prof. Gabriel Said Reynolds, Ph.D. Read More
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  • Ancient Rome

    No civilization is so intertwined with the history of Christianity, and the greater Western world, as Rome. Now, you are invited to explore ancient Rome and its impact throughout the centuries. Join award-winning professor Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., in this fascinating journey through the Roman monarchy, republic, and empire. You will explore the essentials of Roman civilization:... Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D. Read More
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  • Ancient Greece

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    To understand Christian history and Western Civilization, one must understand Greek history. All four gospels were composed in Greek. The empire Alexander conquered and the culture his followers conveyed became the Roman territories in which Christianity first spread. Ancient Greek philosophers, particularly Aristotle, bequeathed to Christian theology a framework and method that prof... Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D. Read More
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  • Jerusalem: The Holy City

    With a fascinating past and turbulent present, Jerusalem is a city like no other. From its founding 6,000 years ago to the present day, Jerusalem has gripped the hearts of the faithful worldwide. Thousands of books have been written about its religious significance and history. Now, you too will have the opportunity to explore what lies beneath the city’s streets, homes, and shops... Fr. Leslie J. Hoppe, O.F.M., Ph.D. Read More
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  • Picking Popes: Conclaves

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    The election of a pope doesn’t happen often, but when it does, the whole world—believers and non-believers, media commentators and Vatican watchers alike—stops to watch. The first question is: what happens now? The answer is surprisingly straightforward: there is a system in place that is followed step by step. But then the questions tumble one after the other: Why do the cardi... Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D. Read More
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  • The Crusades

    Even today, the Crusades continue to be a lively source of debate. Join award-winning profess Christopher Bellito in exploring this challenging and fascinating topic. When we think of the Crusades, we often call to mind images of conflict and competition between the world’s three Abrahamic faiths. Glorified in its time, the Crusades are now seen as a troubling chapter of world history... Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D. Read More
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  • The Orthodox Christian Church: History, Beliefs, and Practices

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    What was the significance of Pope John Paul II’s visit to Greece, the first such papal visit in 1291 years? Why are intelligent Westerners so fascinated in learning about the Orthodox Church, the world’s 2nd largest Christian Community? Explore the fascinating history, theology and practices that 250 million Orthodox Christians claim as their own, and discover the differences and ... Prof. Peter Bouteneff, M.Div., D.Phil. Read More

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  • Understanding Islam

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    This is the thoughtful, comprehensive, extraordinarily well-taught course on Islam you’ve always wanted.   In these 12 erudite lectures, renowned Islamic scholar Akbar Ahmed introduces you to the Islamic world, an exploration few Westerners have experienced. Through this unique lecture series, you'll explore the life of the Prophet of Islam as well as the Quran's five pi... Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ph.D. Read More
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  • Christian Dialogue with Jews and Muslims: A Roman Catholic Perspective

    Explore the history, rich theological underpinnings, and current issues of Interreligious dialogue between Christian's, Jews, and Muslims. Through this series of talks on Christian-Jewish and Christian-Muslim dialogue, you will explore some of the theological and religious issues that are in the forefront of each of these dialogues. Because Christians have a different (but similar) rela... Fr. Steven J. McMichael O.F.M. Conv., S.T.D. Read More

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  • Video Bundle: Ancient Greece + The Origins of Christianity - 16 DVDs Total

    This is a special discounted price for a bundle of these two audio programs: Ancient Greece: From the Trojan War to Alexander the Great by Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., The Origins of Christianity by David Zachariah Flanagin, Ph... Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D. and David Zachariah Flanagin, Ph.D. Read More
  • Audio Bundle: Ancient Greece + The Origins of Christianity - 16 CDs Total

    This is a special discounted price for a bundle of these two audio programs: Ancient Greece: From the Trojan War to Alexander the Great by Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., The Origins of Christianity by David Zachariah Flanagin, Ph... Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D. and David Zachariah Flanagin, Ph.D. Read More
  • Video Bundle: Ancient Rome + Ancient Greece - 8 DVDs Total

    This is a special discounted price for a bundle of these two video programs: Ancient Rome by Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., Ancient Greece by Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., ... Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D. Read More
  • Audio Bundle: Christian and Islamic Theology + Understanding Islam - 12 CDs Total

    This is a special discounted price for a bundle of these two audio programs: Christian and Islamic Theology by Prof. Gabriel Said Reynolds, Ph.D. Understanding Islam by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ph.D. ... Prof. Gabriel Said Reynolds, Ph.D. and Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ph.D. Read More
  • Video Bundle: Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain, and the Rest of the Story + Mystics, Muslims, and Merton - 8 Discs Total

    This is a special discounted price for a bundle of these two programs: Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain, and the Rest of the Story by Dr. Michael W. Higgins, Ph.D. ... Dr. Michael W. Higgins, Ph.D. & Professor Sidney H. Griffith, S.T.L., Ph.D. Read More
  • Audio Bundle: Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain, and the Rest of the Story + Mystics, Muslims, and Merton - 8 Discs Total

    This is a special discounted price for a bundle of these two programs: Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain, and the Rest of the Story by Dr. Michael W. Higgins, Ph.D. ... Dr. Michael W. Higgins, Ph.D. & Professor Sidney H. Griffith, S.T.L., Ph.D. Read More
  • Audio Bundle: Ancient Rome + Ancient Greece - 10 CDs Total

    This is a special discounted price for a bundle of these two audio programs: Ancient Rome by Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., Ancient Greece by Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., ... Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D. Read More

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