Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on February 4, 2019
4:00 – Is Asia Bibi’s Nightmare Finally Over?
Last week Pakistan’s Supreme Court upheld its acquittal of Asia Bibi, rejecting a petition filed by the local cleric who levied allegations against her in the first place. She is finally free to leave the country and plans to live in Canada, although there are conflicting reports about whether she has left since she can’t safely travel on a public flight. Is her eight-year nightmare finally over? We talk with Nina Shea.
4:20 – “The Maker Thesis” What Science Reveals about God
Why do we exist? Why does anything exist? We’ve pondered these questions for thousands of years and today’s popular narrative is that it all happened by natural chance. But Melissa Travis isn’t satisfied with that answer. There’s strong evidence that astronomy, biochemistry and other disciplines are part of a “Maker Thesis” that can answer our deepest questions about ourselves. She joins us.
5:00 – Woodrow Wilson’s Moral Force of Ideas
Sunday marked the anniversary of Woodrow Wilson’s death. He’s best known as the man who “kept us out of the war,” then later as the president who led the country through the First World War. Who was he, really? What was his vision for the country? More than any other president, he believed in the Moral Force of Ideas. What does this mean? We talk with Patricia O’Toole.