Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on June 27, 2018
4:00 – Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Pro-Life Centers
It’s been a busy week at the Supreme Court. Yesterday the Court blocked a California law that required pro-life pregnancy centers to post information about where pregnant women could obtain an abortion. And on Monday the Court vacated a ruling against florist Barronelle Stutzman, ordering the Washington Supreme Court to reconsider the case in light of the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision. We’ll get a recap of the rulings from Jim Campbell.
4:20 – Why Kirk and Nisbet Matter
Born in rather extreme poverty in 1918, but to a very intellectual mother, Russell Kirk became, arguably, the founder of post-WWII conservatism with the 1953 publication of his book, The Conservative Mind. From pagan Stoic to practicing Christian in the first forty-five years of his life, Kirk is endlessly fascinating and inspiring. We look at his legacy with Brad Birzer, who also discusses a lesser-known figure: Robert Nesbit.
5:00 – Benedict XVI and the Crisis of Europe
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI lived and worked through most of 20th Century Europe’s major crises and developments – and there were a lot of them. Before and during his papacy he spoke of the crises facing the continent and the problems Christianity would face in Europe as the culture became modernized. Sam Gregg joins us.
5:20 – Cultural Critiques of Capitalism
Global capitalism and globalization have been praised or criticized in many areas, including politics, social concerns, economics, and culture. There are claims from both sides of the political spectrum that capitalism increases consumerism and lowers cultural standards. We’ll talk it over with Michael Matheson Miller.
5:40 – The Alt-Right: A Christian perspective
The Alt-Right has brought an unsettling new approach to Western politics. Fr. Ben Johnson helps us understand its views on ethnicity, religion, and economics and offers a Christian evaluation, with a particular emphasis on the Church Fathers.