Talking about the “things that matter most” on August 6
4:00 – The Global Vatican: An Inside Look at the Catholic Church, World Politics, and the Extraordinary Relationship between the United States and the Holy See
From the centuries-long prejudices against Catholics in America, to the efforts of Fascism, Communism and modern terrorist organizations to “break the cross and spill the wine,” former US Ambassador to the Vatican Francis Rooney brings to life the Catholic Church’s role in world history, particularly in the realm of diplomacy. He provides a comprehensive guide to the remarkable path the Vatican has navigated to the present day, and a first-person account of what that path looks and feels like from an American diplomat whose experience lent him the ultimate insider’s perspective.
5:00 – Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition
For thousands of years, philosophers, theologians and poets have tried to pierce through the veil of death to gaze with wonder, fear and awe on the final and eternal state of the soul. Indeed, the four great epic poets of the Western tradition (Homer, Virgil, Dante and Milton) structured their epics in part around a descent into the underworld that is both spiritual and physical, both allegorical and geographical. Louis Markos’ book not only considers closely these epic journeys to the “other side” but explores the chain of influences that connects the poets to such writers as Plato, Cicero, St. John, St. Paul, Bunyan, Blake, and C. S. Lewis. Written in a narrative, “man of letters” style and complete with an annotated bibliography, a timeline, a who’s who, and an extensive glossary of Jewish, Christian, and mythological terms, this user-friendly book will help readers understand how heaven and hell have been depicted for the last 3,000 years. Louis joins us.