Kresta in the Afternoon – August 23, 2017 – Hour 2

+  Christian Persecution and the International Law (2 segments)

  • Description: At the end of the Second World War, the Allies faced the dilemma of what to do with the Nazi officials who had planned and executed the Holocaust. The laws of war established at the Hague and Geneva conventions seemed insufficient to deal with the atrocities the world had just witnessed. Answering this dilemma meant establishing the meaning and limits of International Law. Today, these principles are relevant to the prosecution of groups who persecute Christians and other religious minorities. We’ll talk about it with Kevin Cieply.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Kevin Cieply
      Kevin Cieply is President and Dean of Ave Maria School of Law and a contributor to Persecution and Defense of Christians.
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    • The Persecution and Genocide of Christians in the Middle East: Prevention, Prohibition, & Prosecution

      -- An eye-opening account of the plight of Christians in the Middle East -- The most in-depth work available on the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians In summer 2014, ISIS waged a bloody blitz through Iraq's Nineveh province, crucifying, beheading, raping, torturing, forcibly converting to Islam, and driving out every member of the region's 2000-year-old Christian community. Christian girls, as young as three, were sold at ISIS sex slave markets in Mosul. Ancient churches were burned and ISIS attacked dozens of Christian towns in Syria. The beheading in 2015 of 21 Egyptian Copts was videotaped by ISIS and became a searing, iconic symbol of this wave of persecution that threatens to eradicate Christianity in the Middle East. Many in the West, even Christians, remain unaware of the scale of this persecution, and even fewer know what can be done about it. Inspired by Pope Francis's denunciation of these acts as "genocide," a group of Catholic legal scholars, writers, and theologians began work on The Persecution and Genocide of Christians in the Middle East. Its case studies focus on persecuted Christians, but its analysis equally applies to the other victims. In the United States, military and diplomatic responses are contemplated and sometimes undertaken. But what about the legal system? Are there things we can or should be trying? That question animates this book as it explores various facets of religious persecution, examining ISIS's ideology and their relationship to Islam as practiced by most Muslims, as well as exploring the nature of religious freedom. Practical, relevant, and rich in ideas, this book addresses the most crucial religious freedom issue of our day. It is a primer for Christians, students of international human rights, and all concerned about religious persecution. The book also examines:

      •     Sexual violence as a tactic of terror and an element of genocide under international law.
      •     The responsibility, not only of the militant terrorists who commit and direct the crimes, but also the network of businesses, bankers and money brokers, social media experts, clerics, academics, madrassas, prison chaplains, charities, and donors supporting them.
      •      Applicable international law, especially criminal law, as it pertains to the special case of ISIS and other non-state terrorists.
      •      U.S. law against torture.
      •      The shortcomings of the International Criminal Court and potential role of ad hoc regional as well as national courts.
      •      The tensions between peace and justice.
      •      The Vatican's role in peace efforts in Syria, and the Christian response to persecution.
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+  Evangelicals and Their Paths to Rome

  • Description: Over the course of a single decade, dozens of students and professors from Southern Evangelical Seminary in North Carolina converted to Catholicism. They came from varied backgrounds and motivations but all came to the same conclusion. What led them to walk away from their education, risking jobs, ministries, and even family and friends? We'll hear their stories from Douglas Beaumont.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Douglas Beaumont
      Douglas Beaumont has a Ph.D. in theology from North-West University and an M.A. in apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary, where he served as assistant to President Norman Geisler and taught Bible and religion for ten years. Beaumont is the author of The Message Behind the Movie and has contributed to "The Best Catholic Writing," "The Apologetics Study Bible for Students," and "Got Questions?" He lives in Charlotte, N.C., with his wife and four children.
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    • Evangelical Exodus: Evangelical Seminarians and Their Paths to Rome

      Over the course a single decade, dozens of students, alumni, and professors from a conservative, Evangelical seminary in North Carolina (Southern Evangelical Seminary) converted to Catholicism. These conversions were notable as they occurred among people with varied backgrounds and motivations—many of whom did not share their thoughts with one another until this book was produced. Even more striking is that the seminary's founder, long-time president, and popular professor, Dr. Norman Geisler, had written two full-length books and several scholarly articles criticizing Catholicism from an Evangelical point of view. What could have led these seminary students, and even some of their professors, to walk away from their Evangelical education and risk losing their jobs, ministries, and even family and friends, to embrace the teachings they once rejected as false or even heretical? Speculation over this phenomenon has been rampant and often dismissive and misguided—leading to more confusion than understanding. The stories of these converts are now being told by those who know them best—the converts themselves. They discuss the primary issues they had to face: the nature of the biblical canon, the identification of Christian orthodoxy, and the problems with the Protestant doctrines of sola scriptura ("scripture alone") and sola fide ("faith alone") (learn more)

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