Kresta in the Afternoon – August 10, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Jesus, Islam and the Quran

  • Description: Jesus of Nazareth holds a very special place for all Muslims. He is mentioned over thirty times in the Qur’an and is called Messiah, Spirit of God, and a prophet of God who performed miracles and raised the dead with God’s permission. It is also believed that Jesus will come at the end times to judge humanity and usher in a Muslim-era. What did Mohammed know, understand and believe about Jesus and how did it influence his own writings? We’ll talk with Brian Bradford.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Brian Bradford
      Dr. Brian Bradford attended Lumen Christi High School before earning the B.A. in history and philosophy at Spring Arbor University. After studying archeology in Israel, he earned the M. A. in history from Central Michigan University and subsequently completed his doctoral studies at Western Michigan University under our friend Paul Maier. He has extensive teaching experience in ancient and medieval history and has lectured on comparative religion, the early history of Monasticism, and Christian references in Islamic tradition.
  • + Videos Mentioned:

+  The Catholic Contribution to the Special Olympics

  • Description: Most of us are familiar with the Special Olympics, the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. But did you know it was founded by a Catholic? Eunice Shriver, sister of JFK, was a devout Catholic and longtime advocate for those with special needs. This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics, and we talk with Deacon Jack Hasson about the story and how the Special Olympics promotes the dignity of the person.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Deacon Jack Hasson
      Deacon Jack Hasson is an office coordinator for the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia and a former Special Olympics field director. He is the father of a Special Olympics athlete. Visit and
  • + Articles Mentioned:

  • + Websites Mentioned:

+  The Sexual Revolution has Aged like Harvey Weinstein

  • Description: It's been 50 years since Humane vitae and the outbreak of the sexual revolution. We saw the effects of the revolution last fall, when the mainstream press lauded the legacy of the late Hugh Hefner and in the same breath shared stories of Harvey Weinstein's victims. Where is the Sexual revolution today? We talk with Carrie Gress.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Carrie Gress
      Carrie Gress has a PhD from the Catholic University of America and is a faculty member at Pontifex University. She's the author of several books, most recently The Marian Option: God's Solution to a Civilization in Crisis. Visit her at
  • + Articles Mentioned:

  • + Websites Mentioned:

  • + Resources Mentioned Available in Our Store:

    • The Marian Option: God's Solution to a Civilization in Crisis

      How can we save civilization? is the question many people worry about today. As the world descends into chaos, Christians are thinking deeply about how to stem the tide. Many options and suggestions have been presented to deal with Christian persecution and cultural decadence, but none can hold a candle to The Marian Option. Dr. Carrie Gress provides a thoroughly researched bird s eye view of the significant cultural and military events mediated through Mary on behalf of her spiritual children. From miraculous victories to the soaring heights of culture, you have never seen Mary like this before. Until now, books on the Virgin Mary have generally focused upon one apparition or various theological elements of this mysterious woman. But the scope of The Marian Option is far greater. Drawing from a vast array of dogmas, Vatican approved apparitions, and writings of the saints, Dr. Gress has pulled together the remarkable story of Mary s overwhelming influence and intercession. Using history, sound theology, and a detective's eye, Gress brings to light the fascinating details of Mary s role in major geopolitical shifts. The reader will see how instrumental the Mother of God was in:

      • Freeing Spain from Islamic occupation
      • Igniting the largest mass conversion to Catholicism in history
      • Leading an unassuming priest to bring down the world s most powerful empire without firing a shot
      • Stomping out heresies and false teachings from the Church
      Beyond the battlefield, The Marian Option also highlights the link between Marian devotion and high culture, showing how creativity and the arts painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and literature all flourish when devotion to her is strong. This enthralling chronicle of Mary's intercession makes clear that Christ s mother is indeed the most powerful woman in the world, and the answer for how we can save the world and bring us back into her Son s heart. Not only is she keenly interested in assisting Christians, she has the ability to do so, even in the face of the gravest odds. We just have to ask. The Marian Option will leave you with a new perspective on the Blessed Mother and a renewed hope in the future of the Church and the world. INCLUDES AN APPENDIX WITH A ROAD MAP OF PRACTICAL ADVICE AND EXAMPLES FOR EVERY CATHOLIC (learn more)

      $27.95 Add to cart