Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on June 10, 2020
4:00 – Would America Be Better Off Without Religion?
A recent Washington Post Op-Ed asserts that too much religion is bad for a country. Citing indicators such as GDP, poverty rates, education, and life expectancy, the author points to less religious countries such as the UK and Japan and asserts they are models to follow going forward. Is he right? What narratives is he missing? We talk with Casey Chalk.
4:20 – Whatever happened to the ‘free speech kid’ from the early ’90s and why is he now Catholic?
Ian Murphy’s faith journey began in high school, when his principal tried to ban him from mentioning Jesus in his valedictorian speech. The years after that included doubt and despair after a close friend was murdered, leadership in the Baptist Bible belt and, eventually, the Catholic Church. He joins us with his story
5:00 – Robert E Lee: The Christian and the Statue
The protests from George Floyd’s death have reignited debates over the role of Confederate symbols in American culture. The Navy has banned the public display of the Confederate battle flag on all Navy ships and installations and NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace has called for a ban on fans from waving the flag. Cities across the South have also begun removing statues of Confederate generals, including Robert E Lee. But who was Lee, really? We’ll look at his life with David Cox.