Kresta in the Afternoon – April 12, 2017 – Hour 1

+  Social Science Apologetics: The Silver Lining of Sacrifice

  • Description: Anyone who's been in a long-term relationship can think of a time when they gave up something they wanted for their partner. These relationship sacrifices often mean spending money on things that don't interest us or time with people who aren't our own friends. But there's a silver lining to this sacrifice, which is easy to forget when you're sitting in traffic waiting to pick up your partner's dry cleaning. We'll talk about it with Greg Popcak.
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    • Dr. Greg Popcak
      Dr Greg Popcak is Chair of the Online Master of Pastoral Studies program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He's also Executive Director of Pastoral Solutions Institute and the author of more than a dozen books. He and his wife Lisa co-host More2Life on Ave Maria Radio. Visit and find his Faith on the Couch blog at
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+  The Dawn of Christianity (2 segments)

  • Description: How did a small-town rabbi, helped almost exclusively by uneducated fisherman, prostitutes and soldiers, launch an underground movement that changed the world forever? In less than three years Jesus and his followers ignited a spiritual revolution that sent shockwaves far beyond the rural villages of northern Israel and into every nation on earth. Drawing from the latest in archaeology and New Testament scholarship, Robert Hutchinson looks at how he did it.
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    • Robert Hutchinson
      Robert Hutchinson is the author of The Dawn of Christianity: How God Used Simple Fishermen, Soldiers and Prostitutes to Transform the World. He learned Hebrew in Israel and earned a graduate degree in New Testament. He's also the author of "Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest of Jesus of Nazareth."
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    • The Dawn of Christianity: How God Used Simple Fishermen, Soldiers, and Prostitutes to Transform the World

      Drawing upon the most recent discoveries and scholarship in archaeology and the first-century Near East, The Dawn of Christianity reveals how a beleaguered group of followers of a crucified rabbi became the founders of a world-changing faith. How did Christianity truly come to be? Where did this worldwide faith come from? The Dawn of Christianity tells the story of how the first followers of Jesus survived the terror and despair of witnessing the one they knew to be the messiah—God’s agent for the salvation of the world—suddenly arrested, tried, and executed. Soon after Jesus’ death, his relatives and closest followers began hearing reports that Jesus was alive again—reports that even his most loyal disciples at first refused to believe. Using the most recent studies by top Christian and secular scholars, Robert Hutchinson, known for his popular books on Christianity and Biblical Studies, reconstructs all of the known accounts of these early resurrection appearances and follows the witnesses to the resurrection as they experience brutal persecution at the hands of zealots such as Saul of Tarsus and then become committed evangelists to the major population centers in Antioch, Damascus, Rome, and Athens—and ultimately across the world. A riveting thriller of the most improbable history-changing movement imaginable, The Dawn of Christianity brings to life the compelling story of the birth of Christianity. (learn more)

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