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Kresta in the Afternoon – June 24, 2013 – Hour 2

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Origins of Economics: The Scriptures and Early Church Fathers

  • Description: In this segment we talk about the treatment of material goods, wealth and poverty in the Scriptures and the teachings of early Greek and Latin Fathers such as St John Chrysostom, St. Basil of Caesarea and St Ambrose of Milan, and St. Augustine of Hippo. Dr. Edd Noell is here to provide background and context by consideration of the economic institutions of the Roman Empire.
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    • Dr. Edd Noell
      Professor of Economics and Business & Chair, Department of Economics and Business, Westmont College
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The Bad Catholic's Guide to the Catechism: A Faithful, Fun-Loving Look at Catholic Dogmas, Doctrines, and Schmoctrines

  • Description: Masquerading behind the guise of the old-fashioned Catechism that generations of Catholic school kids in plaid skirts or clip-on ties had to memorize, John Zmirak provides a witty take on the teachings of the Catholic faith. Objections from relativist, New Atheist, dissenting Catholic, and other points of view are featured, with intellectually sound questions and bracingly funny answers. Zmirak, who worked both in the mainstream, secular media as well as for Catholic outlets, reveals the whole range of contemporary criticisms aimed at the Church—and how to answer them in kind. Using both a rapier wit and the strong left hook of a blue-collar kid from Queens, he defends the faith with good humor and sincere respect at every turn while illustrating the difficulties modern believers face. He joins us.
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    • John Zmirak

      Mr. Zmirak received his B.A. from Yale University in 1986, then his M.F.A. in screenwriting and fiction and his Ph.D. in English in 1996 from Louisiana State University. His focus was the English Renaissance, and the novels of Walker Percy. He taught composition at LSU and screenwriting at Tulane University, and written screenplays for and with director Ronald Maxwell (Gods & Generals and Gettysburg). He is a widely published author and his essays, poems, and other works have appeared in numerous major national publications. He works now as an editor for several publishing companies.

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        • The Bad Catholic's Guide to the Catechism: A Faithful, Fun-Loving Look at Catholic Dogmas, Doctrines, and Schmoctrines
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Live the Fast

  • Description: Since 1969 Andy LaVallee has been working in the bakery industry. He has now founded Fasting Breads, which brings his knowledge of top-end, highly-nutritious artisan breads and applies them to the ancient practice of prayer and fasting. Andy consulted with many people knowledgeable about the practices of a healthy fast and the ingredients of a fasting bread and created breads and rolls for this endeavor made with unbleached and untreated flour, with no additives and preservatives and with a variety of flavorful, nourishing ingredients that will help one maintain and finish a bread and water fast. Andy joins us.
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