Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on August 15, 2019
4:00 – The Subtle Lie about Women
During the rise of the Radical Feminist movement, there was one element that held many ideologies together: abortion. Millions of women were convinced that the most precious and natural bond on earth, that of mother and child, was no longer important, and in fact was actually an impediment to a woman’s happiness. How is it that this lie could spread so quickly and so resoundingly? We talk with Carrie Gress.
4:20 – The Quest for the Historical Mary
Whatever one thinks of Jesus, it is impossible to be neutral about Mary’s place in Christian doctrine and devotion. Either Mary is essential to the faith as the Mother of God, or she is a mere woman, or (perhaps) she is a quasi-pagan goddess who endangers the dignity and prerogatives of her son as Creator and Lord. There is no middle ground, no shared pronunciation by which Mary might be both the glorious Virgin Mother and the historically humble mother of Jesus. What was the real Mary like, and how was she regarded in the early church? We talk with Dr Rachel Fulton Brown.
5:00 – The Jewish Roots of Mary
Are Catholic teachings on Mary really biblical? Or are they the “traditions of men”? Should she be called the “Mother of God,” or just the mother of Jesus? Did she actually remain a virgin her whole life or do the “brothers of Jesus” refer to her other children? By praying to Mary, are Catholics worshiping her? And what does Mary have to do with the quest to understand Jesus? Brant Pitre joins us for a step-by-step walk through the scriptures to look at the deeply Biblical basis for our Marian beliefs.