Kresta in the Afternoon – August 16, 2017 – Hour 2

+  When Eugenics is Celebrated

  • Description: A CBS special report this week looked at Iceland, which is on track to virtually eliminate Down syndrome within its borders. Tragically, this is happening not through therapy or research but through prenatal screening and abortion. Nearly 100% of Icelandic women whose babies are diagnosed with Down syndrome choose abortion, and rates in other countries are rising as well. In the words of Elizabeth Schlitz, this signals a clear erosion of society's responsibility to care for and protect the vulnerable. Elizabeth joins us.
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    • Elizabeth Schlitz
      Elizabeth Schlitz is a Professor Law and Co-Director of the Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy at the University of St Thomas. She serves on the boards of dirctors of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability and L'Arche USA. She's also a contributor to the Catholic legal theory blog Mirror of Justice and to the book the Cost of Choice: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion.
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+  The Life and Legacy of America’s Spiritual Founding Father (2 segments)

  • Series Details: This segment is part of a series titled Colonial America.
  • Description: George Whitefield was one of the most famous and influential men in Colonial America, but most people today have never heard of him. He was a leading evangelical figure of the age and his writings continue to influence American Evangelical Christianity. Thomas Kidd joins us with a look at America’s Spiritual Founding Father.
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    • Thomas Kidd
      Thomas S. Kidd is distinguished professor of history at Baylor University, where he is also Associate Director of the Institute for Studies of Religion. He’s the author of George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father and Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father.
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    • George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father

      An engaging, balanced, and penetrating narrative biography of the charismatic eighteenth-century American evangelist In the years prior to the American Revolution, George Whitefield was the most famous man in the colonies. Thomas Kidd’s fascinating new biography explores the extraordinary career of the most influential figure in the first generation of Anglo-American evangelical Christianity, examining his sometimes troubling stands on the pressing issues of the day, both secular and spiritual, and his relationships with such famous contemporaries as Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and John Wesley. Based on the author’s comprehensive studies of Whitefield’s original sermons, journals, and letters, this excellent history chronicles the phenomenal rise of the trailblazer of the Great Awakening. Whitefield’s leadership role among the new evangelicals of the eighteenth century and his many religious disputes are meticulously covered, as are his major legacies and the permanent marks he left on evangelical Christian faith. It is arguably the most balanced biography to date of a controversial religious leader who, though relatively unknown three hundred years after his birth, was a true giant in his day and remains an important figure in America’s history. (learn more)

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