Kresta in the Afternoon – February 21, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Vatican Summit Day One

+  A History of the Culture Wars (2 segments)

  • Description: During the push to recognize same-sex marriage in the US, advocates told Christians that they wouldn't be affected in any way. Of course, people like baker Jack Phillips would beg to differ. And we've seen many examples of nominees to Congress or federal court being grilled about their faith's impact on their politics, most famously when Dianne Feinstein told Amy Coney Barrett that "the dogma lives loudly within you." These phenomena are not new, and these culture wars can be traced back to the early days of the Church. We talk with Dr. Steven Smith.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Steven Smith
      Dr Steven Smith is Co-Executive Director for the Institute for Law and Religion and Co-Executive Director of the Institute for Law and Philosophy at the University of San Diego and author of Pagans and Christians in the City.
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    • Pagans and Christians in the City: Culture Wars from the Tiber to the Potomac

      Traditionalist Christians who oppose same-sex marriage and other cultural developments in the US wonder why they are being forced to bracket their beliefs in order to participate in public life. This situation is not new, says Steven D. Smith: Christians two thousand years ago in the Roman Empire faced similar challenges and questions. Starting with T. S. Eliot’s claim that the future of the West would be determined by a contest between Christianity and “modern paganism,” Smith argues in Pagans and Christians in the City that today’s culture wars can be seen as a contemporary reprise of the basic antagonism that pitted pagans against Christians in the late Roman Empire. He looks at that historical conflict and explores how the same competing orientations continue to clash today. Readers on both sides of the culture wars, Smith shows, have much to learn from seeing how patterns from ancient history are reemerging in today’s most controversial issues. (learn more)

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