Kresta in the Afternoon – February 20, 2018 – Hour 1

+  Why is the Vatican so Eager for a Deal with China?

  • Description: For the last quarter-century or so, there’s been a well-recognized dynamic in Sino-Vatican relations that goes something like this: Some apparent thaw – a positive notice about the pope in the Chinese press, or a bishop released from prison – will cause breathless predictions of a breakthrough. Soon after, there will be a step back – a church is bulldozed someplace, or a priest gets arrested and progress seems to stall. Six months later, we’re back where we started. Why does the Vatican persist? We'll talk with John Allen.
  • Segment Guests:
    • John Allen
      John Allen is the editor of Crux, specializing in coverage of the Vatican and the Catholic Church. He has written nine books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs and co-authored To Light a Fire on the Earth with Bishop Robert Barron. He is also a senior Vatican analyst for CNN.
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+  The Competing Narratives of Islam and Christianity (2 segments)

  • Description: A popular - and false - narrative is that all religions are "basically the same." We're all climbing the same mountain to the same summit, and we just get there via different paths. But even a basic examination of different religions' teachings reveals this to be false. Duane Miller joins us with a slightly different approach by looking at the metanarratives - the stories told by Christianity and, in this case, Islam. We'll compare their "stories of everything" and how the stories affect what the communities are doing today.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Duane Miller
      Dr Duane Miller is the author of Two Stories of Everything: The Competing Metanarratives of Islam and Christianity. He serves on the pastoral staff of the Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer and is adjunct faculty at the Protestant Faculty of Theology at Madrid. He's also the co-author of Arab Evangelicals in Israel. Visit
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    • Two Stories of Everything: The Competing Metanarratives of Islam and Christianity

      Scholars and preachers have been approaching Islam and Christianity for centuries as two religions. But what if we set that approach aside and try something new? What if we look at the stories that Islam and Christianity tell? In this book we do exactly that: we go back to the beginning of the stories - Creation - and work our way forward to humanity, Israel, the founders (Jesus and Muhammad), why they founded their communities (the Church and the Umma), what those communities are doing in the world today, and then look down the road to the end of the two stories of everything with their different accounts of the final judgment. Approaching Islam and Christianity as two stories of everything, or metanarratives, produces fresh new insights relevant to any person - whether Christian, Muslim, or of no religion - concerned with the question of how Islam, Christianity, and modernity interact and sometimes clash with each other. (learn more)

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