For much of Western history, belief in God was taken for granted. As society has grown more secular, however, people have increasingly expressed disbelief in God. Today, a quarter of Americans are religiously unaffiliated, many of whom identify as atheists and agnostics. As the number of atheists has grown, so too have debates around the legitimacy of religion. Too often, these debates become embroiled in vitriol and personal attacks. And even those that take a more civil approach often focus on proving or disproving God´s existence rather than fostering dialogue. This audio course presents balanced ways for believers and non-believers to engage in thoughtful conversations with each other. Presented by Joseph Godfrey, a leading professor on the philosophy of religion, these lectures are both analytical and sensitive. You will explore the different forms of atheism and scientific theories used to support the nonexistence of God. You´ll also delve into classic texts by atheists (Nietzsche, Sartre, Marx) as well as insights about atheism from Christians like Aquinas, Karl Rahner, and John Hick. As you grapple with the complex questions that arise from these thinkers and texts, you will gain a deeper understanding of evidential arguments against God while also considering how such evidence does not necessarily block paths to belief. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fr. Joseph J. Godfrey SJ PhD. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/nykm/000325/bk_nykm_000325_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Une petite ville américaine ravagée par la fermeture de l´unique usine. Un héros qui perd non seulement son travail, sa télé, son aspirateur, mais aussi sa petite amie... Pour ne pas perdre en plus sa propre estime, il est prêt à accepter n´importe quel ´´petit boulot´´, y compris celui qu´un bookmaker mafieux lui propose... Entre un emploi sous-payé au supermarché du coin et une situation d´avenir, Jake n´hésite pas longtemps... Un portrait au vitriol de l´Amérique des laissés-pour-compte. 1. French. Olivier Cuvellier. http://samples.audible.de/bk/odlb/000007/bk_odlb_000007_sample.mp3.
De 1887 à 1910, Jules Renard tînt recueil de ses pensées, faites de portraits au vitriol sur la littérature, le monde des salons parisiens, les femmes et la politique. Ce journal constitue une source précieuse de renseignements sur la vie politique, littéraire et mondaine de cette époque. Le pain de ménage est une pièce en un acte, faite de dialogues badins et savoureux sur la vie quotidienne d´un couple, le mariage, l´adultère, l´usure du temps... Le Journal de Jules Renard, adaptation de Robert Rocca et Simon Touzié. Avec : René BerthierJean CarmetJacques CathyFrancine DartoisHenri DebainLouis de FunèsMichel MeryDanielle RoccaRobert RoccaPierre StillLe Journal de Jules Renard, extraits dits par Sacha Guitry. Le pain de ménage, pièce en un acte. Avec Valentine Tessier et Jacques Copeau. 1. French. Jean Carmet, Louis de Funès, René Berthier, Jacques Cathy. http://samples.audible.de/pf/edep/000023/pf_edep_000023_sample.mp3.
Four men in a rowboat make an historic attempt on the Northwest Passage to focus global attention on an environmental catastrophe. ´´Vallely transports the reader to places few will ever go: the very edges of the earth and of human endurance.´´ (Evan Solomon) In this gripping first-hand account, four seasoned adventurers navigate a sophisticated, high-tech rowboat across the Northwest Passage. One of the ´´last firsts´´ remaining in the adventure world, this journey is only possible because of the dramatic impacts of global warming in the high Arctic, which provide an ironic opportunity to draw attention to the growing urgency of climate change. Along the way, the team repeatedly face life-threatening danger from storms unparalleled in their ferocity and unpredictability and bears witness to unprecedented changes in the Arctic habitat and inhabitants, while weathering gale-force vitriol from climate change deniers who have taken to social media to attack them and undermine their efforts. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graham Rowat. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/011998/bk_reco_011998_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
First broadcast on Woman´s Hour, Prunella Scales and Patricia Routledge star in this popular BBC Radio 4 comedy Ladies of Letters. This collection features all 11 series. When Irene Spencer meets Vera Small at her daughter Lesley´s wedding reception, they embark upon a correspondence that is quite unlike any other in the history of letter writing. Both Irene and Vera are happily widowed and endowed with errant offspring. They live in a world of church fetes and amateur dramatics but love nothing more than dipping their pens in the vitriol pot - while remaining the firmest of pen pals. Feisty, naughty and endlessly funny, Ladies of Letters provides a hilarious insight into suburban friendships and modern family life as they really are! The series are: Ladies of Letters and More More Letters Letters.com Log On Make Mincemeat Spring Clean Go Global Say No Go Green Crunch Credit Go Crackers 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast, Patricia Routledge, Prunella Scales. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002878/bk_rhuk_002878_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The NBC journalist who covered - and took fire from - Donald Trump on the campaign trail offers an inside look at the most shocking presidential election in American history. Katy Tur was one of a select cadre of NBC reporters on the road during the grueling 2016 presidential campaign, reporting from small towns and venues across America for more than 16 months. At the beginning of the primaries, Tur was assigned the Trump campaign - a campaign widely considered a long shot by politicos and the media. But primary after primary, the novice outsider trumped his rivals and won the hearts and votes of many Republicans. His appeal to working-class whites, the GOP´s traditional middle and upper middle class base, and conservative evangelicals took him all the way to the White House, astonishing the nation and the world. Unbelievable is Tur´s inside account of being embedded with the campaign, revealing what it was like to report on the most combative and volatile major party candidate ever to run for office and win. At first, Trump tried to charm Tur into providing fawning coverage. When that didn´t work, he stooped to berating and shaming her, stoking the rage of his legion of supporters - many who threatened Tur and other penned-in reporters at his events. The vitriol reached such a fever pitch that following one rally, during which Trump launched a personal attack against her, the Secret Service had to accompany Tur to her car. But Katy was not alone. Millions of Americans watched in disbelief as Trump ordered Tur to ´´be quiet´´ during one of his many press conferences and called her ´´disgraceful´´, ´´third-rate´´, ´´not nice´´, and ´´Little Katy´´. In response, thousands of people across the country rushed to her defense, tweeting #imwithtur. Intriguing, disturbing, and powerful, Unbelievable is an unprecedented eyewitness account of the 2016 election from an intelligent, dedicated journalist at the center of it - a thoughtful hi... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Katy Tur. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006227/bk_harp_006227_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a summary of Jon Krakauer´s Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster By writing Into Thin Air, Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas. He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer´s highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong. But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber´s death. Clearly, Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster, and although he relates a number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically, he seems unable to view those instances objectively. In the end, despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others´ actions, he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself. When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996, he hadn´t slept in 57 hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin the perilous descent from 29,028 feet (roughly the cruising altitude of an Airbus jetliner), 20 other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds. Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed outside journalist and author of the best-selling Into the Wild. Taking the listener step by step from Katmandu to the mountain´s deadly pinnacle, Krakauer has his listeners shaking on the edge of their seat. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Hawking. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059726/bk_acx0_059726_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Marc Basset, restaurant critic for a national newspaper, has made vitriol his trademark. His vivid cruelty makes his many readers laugh - until a chef roasts himself to death in his bread oven, leaving Bassett’s review of his restaurant stuck to the door. When Marc learns of the chef’s suicide, he experiences a new sensation - remorse. By apologising to the wife and daughter, he begins to experience levels of self-satisfaction that he never thought possible. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jay Rayner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/002292/bk_howe_002292_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In early 2012, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh claimed that Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student who advocated for insurance coverage of contraceptives, ´´wants to be paid to have sex.´´ Over the next few days, Limbaugh attacked Fluke personally, often in crude terms, while a powerful backlash grew. But perhaps what was most notable about the incident was that it wasn´t unusual. From Limbaugh´s venomous attacks on Fluke to liberal radio host Mike Malloy´s suggestion that Bill O´Reilly ´´drink a vat of poison... and choke to death´´, over-the-top discourse in today´s political opinion media is pervasive. Anyone who observes the skyrocketing number of incendiary political opinion shows on television and radio might conclude that political vitriol on the airwaves is fueled by the increasingly partisan American political system. But in The Outrage Industry Jeffrey M. Berry and Sarah Sobieraj show how the proliferation of outrage says more about regulatory, technological, and cultural changes, than it does about our political inclinations. Berry and Sobieraj tackle the mechanics of outrage rhetoric, exploring its various forms, such as mockery, emotional display, fear mongering, audience flattery, and conspiracy theories. They then investigate the impact of outrage rhetoric on a contemporary political landscape that features frequent straight-party voting in Congress. Outrage tactics have also facilitated the growth of the Tea Party, a movement which appeals to older, white conservatives and has dragged the GOP farther away from the demographically significant moderates whose favor it should be courting. Finally, The Outrage Industry examines how these shows sour our own political lives. Drawing from a rich base of evidence, this book forces all of us to consider the negative consequences that flow from our increasingly hyper-partisan political media. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanyi... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kaleo Griffith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018764/bk_adbl_018764_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Owen Quine, écrivain célèbre, a disparu. Il venait d´achever son dernier manuscrit - un sulfureux roman à clés qui dresse le portrait au vitriol de son entourage. De quoi inquiéter bon nombre de personnalités en vue... C´est ce que pressent le détective privé, Cormoran Strike, chargé de l´enquête. Qui aurait intérêt à ce que Quine soit réduit au silence ? Lorsque Strike retrouve le cadavre de l´auteur, assassiné selon un rituel particulièrement atroce, il comprend qu´il a affaire à un tueur impitoyable, tel qu´il n´en encore jamais rencontré dans sa carrière. Rythmé par une multitude de coups de théâtre, Le Ver à Soie est le deuxième volet des aventures du détective Cormoran Strike et de sa jeune et intrépide assistante, Robin Ellacott.
Craig and Cate are wealthy, smart, driven business professionals who have their idyllic world shattered and turned upside down. Their two children are killed during a hate crime. They are devastated and consumed by grief. After the killers are set free, the two take matters into their own hands. They embark on a calculated quest to avenge their children while finding out who was really behind the shooting. Unsatisfied with their revenge taken, Craig and Cate plan the destruction of the neo-Nazi organization that sponsored and planned the shooting. They hire a retired expert to teach them the skills they need to carry out their dangerous plan. All the while, the FBI is one step behind them, putting the pieces of the puzzle together, trying to figure out who is behind these high-profile shootings and why. The pair’s exploits become a catalyst, sparking a national debate about free speech versus hate speech. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Snook. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/122856/bk_acx0_122856_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the New York Times –bestselling author’s tale of romantic suspense, a woman returns home to find her father’s killer and gets caught in a web of deceit. Twenty years ago, Sarah Whitman’s father Frank disappeared from Marmet, Maine, after stealing a fortune from the local bank, leaving his wife and daughter to face the town’s vitriol. Now, Frank Whitman’s body has been found at the bottom of Flagstaff Lake, leading Sarah back home, determined to find the real thief-turned-killer and clear her father’s name. But there are those in Marmet who aren’t keen on Sarah stirring up the past. And what she uncovers will put a target on her back. Her childhood crush, Tony DeMarco, claims to be concerned for her safety. But Sarah isn’t sure she can trust anyone in a place where everyone has something to hide . . . “Sala keeps the tension high and the pace hopping” in this suspenseful romance that reveals the depths to which greed can sink a human soul ( Publishers Weekly ).