Kresta in the Afternoon – August 8, 2016 – Hour 1

+  If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty (2 segments)

  • Description: When the Constitution was drafted, a woman asked Ben Franklin what the founding fathers had given America. He retorted, “A republic...if you can keep it.” America’s greatness cannot continue unless we embrace our own crucial role in living out what the founders entrusted to us, including our role as a “nation of nations.” We’ll talk with Eric Metaxas about how America is not a nation bound by ethnic identity, but rather by a radical and unprecedented idea of liberty and how we must reconnect to that idea before it’s too late.
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    • Eric Metaxas
      Eric Metaxas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy,” “Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery” and “Miracles.” His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and New Yorker. He has appeared as a cultural commentator on CNN, Fox and MSNBC and is the host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally-syndicated daily radio show. He is the founder and host of “Socrates in the City,” an acclaimed series of conversations on Life, God and other small topics and a senior fellow and lecturer at large at the Kings College in New York City.
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    • If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty

      #1 New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas delivers an extraordinary book that is part history and part rousing call to arms, steeped in a critical analysis of our founding fathers' original intentions for America. In 1787, when the Constitution was drafted, a woman asked Ben Franklin what the founders had given the American people. "A republic," he shot back, "if you can keep it." More than two centuries later, Metaxas examines what that means and how we are doing on that score. If You Can Keep It is at once a thrilling review of America's uniqueness—including our role as a "nation of nations"—and a chilling reminder that America's greatness cannot continue unless we embrace our own crucial role in living out what the founders entrusted to us. Metaxas explains that America is not a nation bounded by ethnic identity or geography, but rather by a radical and unprecedented idea, based on liberty and freedom for all. He cautions us that it's nearly past time we reconnect to that idea, or we may lose the very foundation of what made us exceptional in the first place. (learn more)

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+  Pilgrimage Preview: Ephesus

  • Description: This fall is your opportunity to travel in the footsteps of St. Paul with Al and Steve Ray. You’ll visit Athens, Corinth, Thessaloniki and many other sites. You’ll also tour Ephesus. We’ll talk about it with Steve.
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    • Steve Ray
      Steve Ray leads pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Rome and other sites. He converted to Catholicism in 1994 and is the author of “Crossing the Tiber,” “Upon this Rock” and other books. He’s the ht and producer of the Footprints of God DVD series and has been to the Holy Land more than 130 times.
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