Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on January 12, 2018

 4:00 – To Dwell in the House of the Lord: The Importance of the Jewish Temple

Throughout the Old and New Testaments we read about the Temple, the center of the Jewish faith and the entire Jewish world. It’s impossible to fully grasp the life, death and Resurrection of Christ, the travels of St Paul or the writings of the early Church without fully understanding the Theology of the Temple. Steven Smith joins us to explore the connections between the ancient temple and our modern Church.

5:00 – You’re Entitled to your Own Opinion, but Not Your Own Facts

A strange story surfaced last week: a man in California is building a homemade rocket out of scrap metal, which he plans to use to launch himself 1,800 feet high and take pictures that will prove the Earth is really flat. He’s part of a recently-resurgent “flat earth” movement that is apparently unconvinced by several centuries of scientific consensus that the Earth is, in fact, round. This is an altogether innocuous example of a much larger, more disturbing trend that has been labeled the Death of Expertise. Under this phenomenon, WebMD and Wikipedia are considered just as reliable as renowned doctors and experts, who are accused of “elitism.” We’ll talk more about this Death of Expertise and its effect on society with Tom Nichols.

 5:20 – Teen Mental Health is Declining – Are Smartphones to Blame?  

Between the years of 2010 and 2015, the number of US teens who felt useless and joyless- classic signs of depression – surged by 33%. Teen suicide attempts increased 23%, and the number of teens who committed suicide jumped by 31%. These trends cover every background and demographic all across the country. What happened? These teens are part of the generation Dr. Jean Twenge calls “iGen,” – those who have grown up surrounded by smartphones, social media, and nonstop internet access. Is there a link between smartphone use and teen depression? Jean joins us with more.