Kresta in the Afternoon – December 31, 2019 – Hour 1

  • Description: We continue the 2019 Countdown.

+  2019 Countdown #14: America's Newest Blessed Was Martyred for his Faith

  • Description: Over the last few weeks there has been considerable attention given, deservedly so, to the expected beatification of Archbishop Sheen, especially after it was unexpectedly delayed. An unfortunate consequence has been that Brother James Miller's beatification on December 7 went to the wayside. Brother Miller, who grew up in Wisconsin, was martyred for his faith in Guatemala and was in many ways an "all-American holy neighbor." Fr Roger Landry tells his story.
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    • Fr. Roger Landry
      Father Roger Landry is a priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts. He writes for many Catholic publications and is the author of Plan of Life: Habits to Help You Grow Closer to God.
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+  2019 Countdown #13: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity (2 segments)

  • Description: The false notion that man is the measure of all things has permeated the culture and even influenced Christian thought. It reduces the faith to an inordinate concern for “social justice,” radical political change, and an increasingly fanatical egalitarianism, stripping it of its transcendental reference points. Humanitarians, secular or religious, confuse peace with pacifism, equitable social arrangements with socialism, and moral judgment with utopianism and sentimentality. Daniel Mahoney joins us with a counter to this type of thought.
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    • Dan Mahoney
      Daniel Mahoney is the author of The Idol of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity. He holds the Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship at Assumption College and is a specialist in French political philosophy, anti-totalitarian thought, and the intersection of religion and politics. He is the author of several other books including The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order.
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    • The Idol of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity

      This book is a learned essay at the intersection of politics, philosophy, and religion. It is first and foremost a diagnosis and critique of the secular religion of our time, humanitarianism, or the “religion of humanity.” It argues that the humanitarian impulse to regard modern man as the measure of all things has begun to corrupt Christianity itself, reducing it to an inordinate concern for “social justice,” radical political change, and an increasingly fanatical egalitarianism. Christianity thus loses its transcendental reference points at the same time that it undermines balanced political judgment. Humanitarians, secular or religious, confuse peace with pacifism, equitable social arrangements with socialism, and moral judgment with utopianism and sentimentality. With a foreword by the distinguished political philosopher Pierre Manent, Mahoney’s book follows Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in affirming that Christianity is in no way reducible to a “humanitarian moral message.” In a pungent if respectful analysis, it demonstrates that Pope Francis has increasingly confused the Gospel with left-wing humanitarianism and egalitarianism that owes little to classical or Christian wisdom. It takes its bearings from a series of thinkers (Orestes Brownson, Aurel Kolnai, Vladimir Soloviev, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn) who have been instructive critics of the “religion of humanity.” These thinkers were men of peace who rejected ideological pacifism and never confused Christianity with unthinking sentimentality. The book ends by affirming the power of reason, informed by revealed faith, to provide a humanizing alternative to utopian illusions and nihilistic despair. (learn more)

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