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July 9, 2020

July 9, 2020

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on July 9, 2020 

4:00 – The Mission of the Next Pope

We have no idea who the next pope may be and there’s no reason to believe he may be elected soon. But one thing we can predict is he will likely have been very young, perhaps even a child, during the period of the Second Vatican Council. Unlike the last several popes, he will not have experienced the debates over its meaning and reception. What kind of qualities will we need from our next pope? We’ll talk with George Weigel.

 4:40 – Breaking the System: Real Steps to Police Reform

The data shows that American police kill about a thousand people each year, a number that is astronomically higher than most western European countries. This number is of course incomplete and doesn’t tell the full story. But it’s an important part of the wider discussion on police reform. Rachel Lu has studied the matter and joins us with her conclusions.

 5:00 – Kresta Comments: More Thoughts on the Police 

5:20 – A Look Back at the Scopes Monkey Trial  

On July 10, 1925, the Scopes Monkey Trial began. The state of Tennessee accused John Scopes, a high school teacher, of violating the Butler Act, which prohibited teaching human evolution in a state-funded school. The trial brought national attention to the Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy, a debate over the compatibility of Scripture and modern human science. We take a look at the trial and surrounding debate with Stephen Meyer.