Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on December 23, 2019
2019 Countdown Day 2
4:00 – #32: The End for ISIS?
Just a few years ago, ISIS was a dominant force in the Middle East that controlled vast swathes of Iraq and Syria. This spring, its fighters made their last stand. What happens now? We talk with Joby Warrick.
4:20 – #31: Get Out Now: The Moral Failings of our Public School System
Almost overnight, America’s public schools have become morally toxic. They promote “progressive” social causes and have gone all-in on the transgender movement. Parents’ first duty is to their children, so what should they do about their kids’ education? Mary Rice Hasson explains why the only solution is to get out.
5:00 – #30: The Shaping of America’s Faith
In April 1966 Time Magazine published a cover boldly asking if God was dead. More than 50 years later, we can certainly see how Western society has become more and more secularized. But the continued influence of religion, especially Christianity, on American history and culture has been profound. We take a look with Thomas Kidd.
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#35: The Theology and Symbolism of Cathedrals
The fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame brought to mind for many the importance of the Cathedral and how its exquisite beauty has impacted so many. There’s a real intentionality behind many of the elements of a Gothic Cathedral – they serve symbolic and theological purposes beyond their practical functions. To step inside a Gothic cathedral is to step inside the visual essence of the Christian faith. Dr William Cook takes us on a tours of the great Cathedrals and their importance to the Faith.
#34: Cultural Differences and American Freedom
There is a truth about Western culture, especially American culture that is often ignored: the US sees itself as an individualist society whose people seek to realize personal goals in the world, while most of the non-West has a more passive, deferential temperament. In other words, the West sees life as a project while many others are simply trying to survive rather than achieve. This serves as a massive obstacle for those trying to assimilate in America and will be a challenge to the country. Dr. Lawrence Mead joins us to examine these cultural differences.
#33: Kresta Comments: The Origins of the “Achieving Individual”
Al follows up on our discussion with Dr. Mead, looking at the origins of the Western concept of an achieving individual.