The Lives of Great Christians : The Great Courses: Christianity

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor William R. Cook
  • Series: The Great Courses: Christianity
  • 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Meet some of Christianity's luminary figures - the followers of Jesus who have practiced and preached their beliefs for centuries. Whether well known or obscure or even nameless, their actions and achievements, their abilities and energies have changed the course of history and the nature of belief.
These 24 inspirational lectures will inspire you by the many ways these figures found to live lives of faith. You'll stand spellbound in the crowd, listening to Bernardino and Augustine preach and teach. You'll visit the solitary cells and see the visions of Bernard, Clare, and Catherine. You'll witness the negotiations as Gregory VII and Leo IX reform the church. And you'll hear the verdicts of heresy against John Hus and against Martin Luther.
More than doctrine or theology or even prayer, Christianity, for many, is the daily effort to live one's faith in every time and place. Professor Cook introduces you to those who have done so over the centuries and shows the many paths they found.
If you seek your own path, their lives will inspire you. You will understand how Christians' faith has changed Christianity, and how these believers can help light your own way. And if you are wondering what Christians value and how they practice those values, you will see real lives that exemplify Christian faith in action.
Christianity didn't just change believers; it defined all of Europe, eastern as well as western, and set many of the world's nations on a course still apparent today.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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Customer Reviews

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A tour de force. Highly recommended

One of the few Great Courses lectures I keep coming back to again and again. And I am inspired every time.
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- Amazon Customer

Interesting, informative and inspiring

I much enjoyed this sweep through the history of Christianity, learning about the lives of many great Christians; some familiar and others less so. For me it has served as a good starting point to explore further.

The content is interesting from a historical point of view, but also it is personally inspiring.

Through the lives and stories of those people considered, the course also served as a good introduction to the Christian faith. I would recommend it to anyone.

I was not a fan of the canned applause and fanfare music that began and ended each lecture, but it didn't stop me enjoying the content.
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- R. Kendall

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses