Thursday, 12 January 2012

Listen to the Epitome of the Formula of Concord!

Yes, be like the happy family pictured and enrich your otherwise dull evenings by listening to an exposition of sound Christian doctrine (seriously, this is good stuff!). Let me explain further: while on holidays I had some leisure time to further explore this "interweb" thing. Amongst a lot of rubbish, one uncommonly useful site I came across is LibriVox, which, as the name suggests, publishes "spoken books" in something called "mp3 format". The great thing about these files is that they are free! This astonishing feat can be accomplished because they are recordings of volunteer readings of texts in the public domain and thus free of copyright.

So far I have only listened to Augustine's 'Confessions'; for an amateur production the quality was quite good, which hopefully augurs well for the other titles in the catalogue. One of these happens to be the Epitome of the Formula of Concord, one of the Lutheran confessions of faith, which I think will be my next download (yes, theological geeks like me get excited by this). You can download the Epitome here and while you're there you might like to bookmark the site and check out the catalogue yourself, which covers everything from mystery novels to poetry, theology and philosophy.

Clearly LibriVox is a work in progress - their ambitious goal is to record all books currently in the public domain - may God bless the efforts of those involved that they may bring pleasure and wisdom to many!


Chris said...

Librivox is indeed a great site. I am sure you will be excited that Strauss' Life of Jesus is in progress on librivox and is nearly complete!

If you don't want to be disappointed by the quality of reading stay away from Banjo Patterson's Man from Snowy River. Very dodgy work on some of those poems!

Pr Mark Henderson said...

Well, not quite as excited as with the Epitome but Strauss is also an important historical text, Christoph, so its good to have it in mp3 format. It's one of those books I'd rather read, though, so as to make copious glosses in the margins!

Lvka said...

What a picture-perfect family, Father! :-)