Kresta in the Afternoon – February 1, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Kresta Comments: Why Stay Catholic?

  • Description: It’s been a tough year for Catholics. We are shocked and sickened by everything that’s happened since we learned of the McCarrick scandal last summer. We are horrified by New York’s new abortion bill, which has been championed by a man who claims to be Catholic. Why should we stay Catholic? Do problems with our hierarchy change the Truth of the Church’s teachings? Al has some thoughts.

+  The Post-Modern Thought of Tolkien (2 segments)

  • Description: Why are JRR Tolkien’s works so universally loved? One reason is the profound moral and religious visions contained within his tales. But Tolkien’s work also highlights leading philosophical and literary concerns of modern thinkers. We look at his post-modern thought with Ralph Wood.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Ralph Wood
      Ralph Wood is a professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University. He's the author or editor of several books including Tolkien Among the Moderns.
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    • Tolkien Among the Moderns

      It has long been recognized that J. R. R. Tolkien's work is animated by a profound moral and religious vision. It is less clear that Tolkien's vision confronts the leading philosophical and literary concerns addressed by modern writers and thinkers. This book seeks to resolve such uncertainty. It places modern writers and modern quandaries in lively engagement with the broad range of Tolkien's work, while giving special attention to the textual particularities of his masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. In ways at once provocative and original, the contributors deal with major modern artists and philosophers, including Miguel de Cervantes, Friedrich Nietzsche, Emmanuel Levinas, Iris Murdoch, and James Joyce. The essays in Tolkien among the Moderns also point forward to postmodernism by examining its implications for Tolkien's work. Looking backward, they show how Tolkien addresses two ancient questions: the problems of fate and freedom in a seemingly random universe, as well as Plato's objection that art can neither depict truth nor underwrite morality. The volume is premised on the firm conviction that Tolkien is not a writer who will be soon surpassed and forgotten—exactly because he has a permanent dwelling place "among the moderns." (learn more)

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