Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on December 11, 2017
4:00 – What Did Pope Francis Actually Say about the Lord’s Prayer?
This weekend Pope Francis was asked about a decision by the French Bishops to slightly alter their translation of the Lord’s Prayer that is used in the Liturgy. The issue concerns the exact translation of the phrase “lead us not into temptation.” Breathless reporters quickly speculated whether Pope Francis will order the prayer to be changed. This is yet another overreaction to a long-established principle of Catholic theology – we don’t believe God “leads us into temptation,” and we never have. Jimmy Akin joins us with more.
4:20 – A Defense of the Infancy Narratives
This time of year, many skeptics become very vocal about the “proofs” against Christmas narratives such as the Virgin Birth or the Incarnation. We’ll look at the Biblical and historical basis for these beliefs with Ben Witherington, who also gives us an up-close look at the Roman conquest of Jerusalem in AD 70.
4:40 – Kresta Comments
5:00 – The Search for the Magi
One of the most beloved images of the Nativity story is the three kings riding their camels, following a star to Bethlehem. But little is known about them – were they kings? Magi? “wise men?” In fact, many modern scholars have dismissed them as merely pious legend. Fr Dwight Longenecker joins us with the evidence for who they were and why we can believe they really visited the infant Christ.