Kresta in the Afternoon – February 15, 2017 – Hour 2

+  Hope for Restoration: Radical Hospitality and Prison Reform

  • Description: Most people would agree our prisons are in need of reform, and the only debate is how to go about doing it. It's an area where Christians are uniquely qualified to help and prison ministry has been a major part of Christian witness for centuries. The Calvin Prison Institute is a new program started by Calvin College that allows prisoners in Michigan to take collegiate correspondence courses. The CPI is sponsoring a conference called Hope for Restoration: Radical Hospitality and Prison Reform. Jared Ortiz joins us to talk about the conference and how Christians are helping prisoners rehabilitate their lives.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Jared Ortiz
      Jared Ortiz joined Hope College in 2012 as an assistant professor of religion. He teaches Catholic studies and is founder and executive director of the Saint Benedict Institute, the Catholic spiritual and intellectual center that serves Hope College. Jared teaches courses on the Incarnation, church history, Catholic Christianity, theological hermeneutics and early Christianity. He is currently researching the theme of deification in the early Latin Fathers.

+  Is America in Decline? (2 segments)

  • Description: The decay of Western Civilization is remarkably advanced, and one only needs to flip through a news magazine or check the primetime TV lineup to find overwhelming evidence of this. We have to assess the damage, but merely lamenting it does no good. There is work to be done, and it starts with the restoration of Truth. We'll talk with Anthony Esolen.
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    • Dr. Anthony Esolen
      Anthony Esolen is a professor of English at Providence College and the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization and numerous other books. Find his writings at
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