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“Kresta in the Afternoon”—September 7, 2014

Talking about the “Things that Matter Most” on October 7, 2014


4:00 – A Quick Word: Orthodox Jews and Creationism


In the 2nd Century AD, Rabbi Jose Ben Halafta declared that the world was created on October 7, 3761 B.C. This is a belief still held by many Orthodox Jews, who deny any scientific proof that the world is billions of years old. Al looks into the foundations of this belief.


4:10 – Kresta Comments: We Are in a “De-Familied” Society

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, recently commented on the disintegration of the family worldwide. Marriage and parenthood are not valued as they once were and the numbers of people living alone are on the rise. This issue is being addressed at the Vatican Synod. Al discusses the causes of these trends and how they can be combated.



4:20 – Cosby: His Life and Times


Thirty years ago this fall, a new sitcom called The Cosby Show premiered. The show starred the legendary stand-up comedian and dominated TV ratings for most of its run. We are joined by Mark Whitaker, who extensively interviewed Bill Cosby and more than 60 of his closes friends and family for his book “Cosby: His Life and Times.” Whitaker gives us an in-depth look at the remarkable past behind this beloved comedian.  



5:00 – A Quick Word: Orthodox Jews and Creationism



5:10 – Christian Suffering: Why Does it Happen, and How Do We Cope with It?

Even the most faithful followers of Christ lead lives of hardship. Their loved ones die. They lose their jobs. They cope with fires, tornadoes and other disasters. They struggle to support their families. They face increasing persecution for their beliefs. Why does this happen? If Christ really is the Son of God, why is it so hard to follow Him? Al sits down with Dan Burke, the executive director of the National Catholic Register, to discuss the reasons for Christian suffering and the methods for coping with it.  


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