Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on November 27, 2020
4:00 – Kresta Comments: Biden and the Bishops
The USCCB is forming a working group to address confusion causes by the Biden presidency. Meanwhile, Archbishop Gregory has said he will not deny Biden the Eucharist. Al breaks it all down.
4:20 – Meet America’s Spiritual Founding Father
George Whitefield was one of the most famous and influential men in Colonial America, but most people today have never heard of him. He was a leading evangelical figure of the age and his writings continue to influence American Evangelical Christianity. Thomas Kidd joins us with a look at America’s Spiritual Founding Father.
5:00 – Why Understanding America’s Religious Past is Essential for its Religious Future
Some people think America was founded as an explicitly Christian nation by devout Christian thinkers. Others say it was founded as a secular democracy. Philip Gorski disagrees with both and says what the Founding Fathers actually envisioned was a republic that weaved together the ethical vision of Hebrew prophets with the Western political heritage of civic republicanism. A lack of understanding of these principles is one of the largest contributing factors to today’s division, where “purple” counties are increasingly harder to find. We’ll talk with Philip about the history of American civil religion and what it means for the future.