Kresta in the Afternoon – December 23, 2016 – Hour 2

  • Description: It’s that time of year again...time for us to Count Down the best interviews of the last 12 months. Our list covers a wide range of topics from Testimony to the Year of Mercy to the year’s biggest news stories. Did your favorite interview make our list? There’s only one way to find out!

+  #21: How to Answer Anti-Catholic Historians (2 segments)

  • Description: Many historians love to preach on the horrors committed by the Catholic Church. They claim that the Inquisition was one of the bloodiest chapters in Western history, Pius XII was Hitler’s Pope, the Dark Ages were a major impediment to the advancement of knowledge the Crusades were nothing but Western Christian conquest, and so on. Church history is far from perfect, but many of these claims are exaggerations or outright fabrications. We’ll talk about answering anti-Catholic historians with Rodney Stark.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Rodney Stark
      Rodney Stark is a Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University, where he is the Co-Director of the Institute for Studies of Religion. He’s the author of 38 books and more than 160 scholarly articles; his newest book is Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History. He’s the former president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and of the Association for the Sociology of Religion and has won a number of national and international awards. His works have been translated into more than a dozen languages, including Chinese, Romanian, Turkish and Greek.
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    • Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History

      As we all know and as many of our well established textbooks have argued for decades, the Inquisition was one of the most frightening and bloody chapters in Western history, Pope Pius XII was anti-Semitic and rightfully called “Hitler’s Pope,” the Dark Ages were a stunting of the progress of knowledge to be redeemed only by the secular spirit of the Enlightenment, and the religious Crusades were an early example of the rapacious Western thirst for riches and power. But what if these long held beliefs were all wrong? In this stunning, powerful, and ultimately persuasive book, Rodney Stark, one of the most highly regarded sociologists of religion and bestselling author of The Rise of Christianity (HarperSanFrancisco 1997) argues that some of our most firmly held ideas about history, ideas that paint the Catholic Church in the least positive light are, in fact, fiction. Why have we held these wrongheaded ideas so strongly and for so long? And if our beliefs are wrong, what, in fact, is the truth? In each chapter, Stark takes on a well-established anti-Catholic myth, gives a fascinating history of how each myth became the conventional wisdom, and presents a startling picture of the real truth. In the end, readers will not only have a more accurate history of the Catholic Church, they will come to understand why it became unfairly maligned for so long. Bearing False Witness is a compelling and sobering account of how egotism and ideology often work together to give us a false truth. (learn more)

+  #20: Lessons from Scripture: Jesus Heals a Leper

  • Description: We take a look at the lessons learned from Jesus' healing of the leper in Mark 1:40-45.

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