Talking about the Things that Matter Most on November 21, 2017
4:00 – Kresta Comments
4:20 – The Nuclear Deal and Iran’s Quest for Power
Donald Trump campaigned heavily on a promise to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, which he said was damaging to American interests. He discussed it during an October 13 speech on Iran policy, during which he also criticized the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, although he has not yet officially designated it a terror group. Ilan Berman has written extensively on Iran’s relations with the West and with the rest of the Middle East, and he joins us today with a look at the latest developments and at Iran’s quest for power.
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.