Kresta in the Afternoon – February 14, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Why did Bishop Soronodo Praise China?

  • Description: As we've seen this week, the situation between the Vatican and China is complicated. And one of the most perplexing parts of the story is Bishop Marcelo Sorondo's lavish praise of the country. We'll discuss it with Sam Gregg.
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    • Dr. Sam Gregg
      Sam Gregg is Director of research at the Acton Institute and the author of several books including “The Commercial Society” and “The Modern Papacy.”
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+  The Radical Christian Faith of Frederick Douglass (2 segments)

  • Description: Today is the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became one of the greatest abolitionists of his time. He was a man of strong Christian faith who never hesitated to condemn American churches for their support of - or lack of action against - slaveholding. He often felt like an Israelite in exile amongst the Babylonians, and in one Fourth of July speech spoke to the crowd of "your independence, your freedom, your Founding Fathers" and so forth. We'll look at his faith and influence with DH Dilbeck.
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    • D.H. Dilbeck
      D.H. Dilbeck is a historian living in New Haven, Connecticut. He’s the author of two books, Frederick Douglass: America’s Prophet and A More Civil War: How the Union Waged a Just War.
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    • Frederick Douglass: America’s Prophet

      From his enslavement to freedom, Frederick Douglass was one of America's most extraordinary champions of liberty and equality. Throughout his long life, Douglass was also a man of profound religious conviction. In this concise and original biography, D. H. Dilbeck offers a provocative interpretation of Douglass's life through the lens of his faith. In an era when the role of religion in public life is as contentious as ever, Dilbeck provides essential new perspective on Douglass's place in American history. Douglass came to faith as a teenager among African American Methodists in Baltimore. For the rest of his life, he adhered to a distinctly prophetic Christianity. Imitating the ancient Hebrew prophets and Jesus Christ, Douglass boldly condemned evil and oppression, especially when committed by the powerful. Dilbeck shows how Douglass's prophetic Christianity provided purpose and unity to his wide-ranging work as an author, editor, orator, and reformer. As "America's Prophet," Douglass exposed his nation's moral failures and hypocrisies in the hopes of creating a more just society. He admonished his fellow Americans to truly abide by the political and religious ideals they professed to hold most dear. Two hundred years after his birth, Douglass's prophetic voice remains as timely as ever. (learn more)

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