Kresta in the Afternoon – August 20, 2019 – Hour 2

+  Knowing Yourself and God (2 segments)

  • Description: Newcomers to the church community need tools to navigate the Christian faith and a guide for connecting doctrine to real life. We talk with Andrew Petiprin about how core tenants of the Christian faith were affirmed over the centuries by faithful biblical scholars.
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    • Andrew Petiprin
      Andrew Petiprin is a former Episcopal priest who has come into full communion with the Catholic Church. He's the author of Truth Matters: Knowing God and Yourself. Visit him at andrewpetiprin.com
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    • Truth Matters: Knowing God and Yourself

      Newcomers to the church community need tools to navigate the Christian faith and a guide for connecting doctrine to real life. In a world that s increasingly relative, author Andrew Petiprin helps readers discover unchanging truth based on God s Word. Truth Matters shows how core tenants of the Christian faith were affirmed over the centuries by faithful biblical scholars. As he engages with great thinkers of Christian tradition, including C. S. Lewis, T. S. Eliot and others, Petiprin helps readers flourish in their faith by discovering the true answers to age-old questions like, Who is God? and Who am I? Mirroring the structure of traditional creeds, Truth Matters helps readers better understand truths about themselves by understanding the truth about God and his desire for a relationship with us. As readers learn more about how doctrine was debated and decided, they will also see that Truth never changes, and that the purpose of doctrine is to make Truth clearer than before. As it champions the authentic teachings of the Christian faith, Truth Matters points to doctrine, liturgy, and tradition as a way to discover not just the truth about God, but to find God himself. (learn more)

+  Kresta Comments: Why Things are So Out of Whack (continued)

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    • To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism

      New York Times columnist and one of America’s leading conservative thinkers considers Pope Francis’s efforts to change the church he governs. Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 1936, today Pope Francis is the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis’s stewardship of the Church, while perceived as a revelation by many, has provoked division throughout the world. “If a conclave were to be held today,” one Roman source told The New Yorker, “Francis would be lucky to get ten votes.” In To Change the Church, Douthat explains why the particular debate Francis has opened—over communion for the divorced and the remarried—is so dangerous: How it cuts to the heart of the larger argument over how Christianity should respond to the sexual revolution and modernity itself, how it promises or threatens to separate the church from its own deep past, and how it divides Catholicism along geographical and cultural lines. Douthat argues that the Francis era is a crucial experiment for all of Western civilization, which is facing resurgent external enemies (from ISIS to Putin) even as it struggles with its own internal divisions, its decadence, and self-doubt. Whether Francis or his critics are right won’t just determine whether he ends up as a hero or a tragic figure for Catholics. It will determine whether he’s a hero, or a gambler who’s betraying both his church and his civilization into the hands of its enemies. (learn more)

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