Kresta in the Afternoon – December 5, 2017 – Hour 1

+  Hitler's Religion (2 segments)

  • Description: Some people, in an effort to discredit the Catholic Church, allege that Adolf Hitler was a practicing Catholic. Others allege that he was an atheist. Neither of these claims is accurate. So what was Hitler’s religion? How did his understanding of spirituality and philosophy shape the worldview that led to such atrocious crimes against humanity? We’ll talk with Richard Weikart.
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    • Richard Weikart
      Richard Weikart is professor of history at California State Univ., He is the author of five books, including has published five books, including The Death of Humanity and the Case for Life, and Hitler's Religions: The Twisted Beliefs That Drove the Third Reich. In addition to his books, he has published many articles, review essays, and reviews in scholarly journals.
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    • Hitler's Religion: The Twisted Beliefs that Drove the Third Reich

      For a man whom history can never forget, Adolf Hitler remains a persistent mystery on one front—his religious faith. Atheists tend to insist Hitler was a devout Christian. Christians counter that he was an atheist. And still others suggest that he was a practicing member of the occult. None of these theories are true, says historian Richard Weikart. Delving more deeply into the question of Hitler's religious faith than any researcher to date, Weikart reveals the startling and fascinating truth about the most hated man of the 20th century: Adolf Hitler was a pantheist who believed nature was God. In Hitler's Religion, Weikart explains how the laws of nature became Hitler's only moral guide—how he became convinced he would serve God by annihilating supposedly "inferior" human beings and promoting the welfare and reproduction of the allegedly superior Aryans in accordance with racist forms of Darwinism prevalent at the time. (learn more)

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+  The State of Evangelization in India

  • Description: India has quietly emerged as a hostile place for many Christians and Muslims, largely due to the strong Hindu Nationalism that has led to many regions in the country trying to push anti-conversion laws. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom ranks it as a “Tier Two” country, one level below the countries of particular concern. And yet, the faith is still alive there. Ralph Martin joins us with a look at the state of Catholic evangelization in India and around the world.
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    • Ralph Martin
      Ralph Martin is the President of Renewal Ministries and the host of the Choices We Face, a weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world. He’s also the Director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Pope Benedict XVI named him consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. He’s the author of many books including “The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call” and “The Fulfillment of All Desire.”
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