Kresta in the Afternoon – April 16, 2019 – Hour 2

+  A Daily Defense: Holy Week Edition (2 segments)

  • Description: Why was the Cross necessary? What happened during Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem? Whatever happened to Barabbas? We'll discuss the answers with Jimmy Akin.
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    • Jimmy Akin
      Jimmy Akin is the author of A Daily Defense: 365 Days ( plus one) to Becoming a Better Apologist. He was born in Texas and grew up nominally Protestant. At age 20 he experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, Jimmy started an intensive study of the Bible, but the more he immersed himself in Scripture, the more he found it to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he was compelled in conscience to enter the Catholic Church, which he did in 1992.
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    • A Daily Defense: 365 Days (plus one) to Becoming a Better Apologist

      Do you want to learn how to defend and explain the existence of God, the reliability of the Bible, and scores of other truths - but you don't have a lot of time? Don't worry. Jimmy Akin has done the hard work for you. All you need is five minutes a day. In A Daily Defense, Jimmy compiles 365 challenges that Catholics often hear from skeptics and non-Catholics - about God, Jesus, Scripture, morality, Mary, and a host of doctrines and teaches you how to answer them. Combining deep learning with decades of experience explaining Catholic belief and practice on a popular level, he cuts to the heart of each subject, offering pithy but powerful replies that are both effective and easy to master. Perfect reading before bed or during breakfast, for down time or prayer time, part of a regular routine or picked up on the go-whatever your day is like, spend just a few minutes in these pages to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to defend the Catholic Faith. (learn more)

+  The Angels Weep over the Ravages of Notre Dame

  • Description: One of the great symbols of Western Christianity was nearly lost yesterday. What is its artistic significance? We talk with Liz Lev.
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    • Liz Lev
      Elizabeth Lev is an art historian living in Rome, where she teaches Baroque and Renaissance art as well as Christian Art and Architecture at Duquesne University. She's the author of How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art.
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    • How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art

      Not long after Martin Luther's defiance of the Church in 1517, dialogue between Protestants and Catholics broke down, brother turned against brother, and devastating religious wars erupted across Europe. Desperate to restore the peace and recover the unity of Faith, Catholic theologians clarified and reaffirmed Catholic doctrines, but turned as well to another form of evangelization: the Arts. Convinced that to win over the unlettered, the best place to fight heresy was not in the streets but in stone and on canvas, they enlisted the century's best artists to create a glorious wave of beautiful works of sacred art Catholic works of sacred art to draw people together instead of driving them apart. How Catholic Art Saved the Faith tells the story of the creation and successes of this vibrant, visual-arts SWAT team whose war cry could have been art for Faith's sake! Over the years, it included Michelangelo, of course, and, among other great artists, the edgy Caravaggio, the graceful Guido Reni, the technically perfect Annibale Carracci, the colorful Barocci, the theatrical Bernini, and the passionate Artemisia Gentileschi. Each of these creative souls, despite their own interior struggles, was a key player in this magnificent, generations-long project: the affirmation through beauty of the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church. Here you will meet the fascinating artists who formed this cadre's core. You will revel in scores of their full-color paintings. And you will profit from the lucid explanations of their lovely creations: works that over the centuries have touched the hearts and deepened the faith of millions of pilgrims who have made their way to the Eternal City to gaze upon them. Join those pilgrims now in an encounter with the magnificent artworks of the Catholic Restoration artworks which from their conception were intended to delight, teach, and inspire. As they have done for the faith of so many, so will they do for you. (learn more)

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