The Great Courses


The Un-Provable Parent

May 28, 2009 4:25:48 PM
Sep 5, 2012 4:20:16 AM

Why our spiritual father should be more tangible than our physical one I was born on April 12th, 1968 at St. John’s Hospital, just a few moments before the clock struck midnight. My twin sister was born 5 minutes before me. I try to picture the scene in my mind. The doctor cuts the umbilical cord. The nurses clean me up and wrap me in a warm blanket. Helpless in a foreign environment, I’m immediately attended to from all sides and placed in the warmth of my mother’s arms. From that mome...

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There is One True God...and His Name Is...

May 28, 2009 4:22:14 PM
Sep 5, 2012 4:20:47 AM

An examination of how our upbringing shapes our religion. Somewhere in Asia, a child is born to Buddhist parents. The child is taken to Buddhist temples, prays to Buddha, pays homage to Buddha statues and is surrounded from birth by all things Buddhist. His philosophy for living is that there is one true god, and he is Buddha. Somewhere in Saudi Arabia, a child is born to Muslim parents. The child is versed in the Koran, prays to the East five times daily, and is indoctrinated in the culture...

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Proof Before Purchase

May 27, 2009 9:42:21 AM
Sep 5, 2012 4:21:10 AM

An exploration into why people require no "god" in their God. I’ve noticed a pattern when it comes to people and their faith. I’m sure there’s probably some genuine research on the subject that goes far deeper than my humble observations, but perhaps a layperson’s point of view will do. I’ve noticed that people tend to adopt a bunker mentality when you ask them simple questions to defend their faith. Discussions become argumentative. The walls of defense go up. People seem to blanc...

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