Kresta in the Afternoon – April 19, 2018 – Hour 2

+  The Christian Response to Persecution

  • Description: The Under Caesars Sword conference in Rome explored the various challenges Christians face around the world and how they respond to those challenges. It was led by Tim Shaw and Dan Philpott, who join us with an overview.
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    • Dan Philpott
      Daniel Philpott is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on religion and global politics, emphasizing reconciliation and religious freedom. Visit
      • Timothy Shah
        Tim Shah is the director for international research of the Religious Freedom Research Project at Georgetown's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. They helped host the Under Caesar's Sword Conference in Rome in 2015 and are the authors of Under Caesar's Sword: How Christians Respond to Persecution.
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      • Under Caesar’s Sword: How Christians Respond to Persecution

        The global persecution of Christians is an urgent human rights issue that remains underreported. This volume presents the results of the first systematic global investigation into how Christians respond to persecution. World-class scholars of global Christianity present first-hand research from most of the sites of the harshest persecution as well as the West and Latin America. Their findings make clear the nature of persecution, the reasons for it, Christian responses to it - both non-violent and confrontational - and the effects of these responses. Motivating the volume is the hope that this knowledge will empower all who would exercise solidarity with the world's persecuted Christians and will offer the victims strategies for a more effective response. This book is written for anyone concerned about the persecution of Christians or more generally about the human right of religious freedom, including scholars, activists, political and religious leaders, and those who work for international organizations. (learn more)

    +  Lessons from the Ashes of Waco (2 segments)

    • Description: Twenty-five years ago today, FBI tanks smashed into the ramshackle home of the Branch Davidians outside Waco, Texas. After the FBI collapsed much of the building atop the residents, a fire erupted and 76 corpses were dug out of the rubble. Unfortunately, the American political system and media have never faced the lessons from that tragic 1993 day. James Tabor was there on that fateful day, and he was there again today. He joins us.
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      • Dr. James Tabor
        Dr. James Tabor is a professor of Christian Origins and Ancient Judaism at UNC-Charlotte. He’s the author of several books, including “Why Waco.” He and fellow scholar J Phillip Arnold worked with both the FBI and David Koresh during the 1993 Waco siege. Visit and follow him on Twitter @jamesdtabor”
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      • Why Waco?: Cults and the Battle for Religious Freedom in America

        The 1993 government assault on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, resulted in the deaths of four federal agents and eighty Branch Davidians, including seventeen children. Whether these tragic deaths could have been avoided is still debatable, but what seems clear is that the events in Texas have broad implications for religious freedom in America. James Tabor and Eugene Gallagher's bold examination of the Waco story offers the first balanced account of the siege. They try to understand what really happened in Waco: What brought the Branch Davidians to Mount Carmel? Why did the government attack? How did the media affect events? The authors address the accusations of illegal weapons possession, strange sexual practices, and child abuse that were made against David Koresh and his followers. Without attempting to excuse such actions, they point out that the public has not heard the complete story and that many media reports were distorted. The authors have carefully studied the Davidian movement, analyzing the theology and biblical interpretation that were so central to the group's functioning. They also consider how two decades of intense activity against so-called cults have influenced public perceptions of unorthodox religions. In exploring our fear of unconventional religious groups and how such fear curtails our ability to tolerate religious differences, Why Waco? is an unsettling wake-up call. Using the events at Mount Carmel as a cautionary tale, the authors challenge all Americans, including government officials and media representatives, to closely examine our national commitment to religious freedom. (learn more)

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