Kresta in the Afternoon – February 5, 2018 – Hour 2

+  How do Healthcare Alternatives Work?

  • Description: Solidarity Healthshare is an ethical and affordable way to pay for medical costs that doesn’t violate Catholic teaching? How is it so successful? What makes it different from traditional health insurance companies? We’ll talk with Brad Hahn.
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    • Brad Hahn
      Brad Hahn is CEO of Solidarity Health Share and an attorney certified in bioethics by the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

+  John Witherspoon and the Religious Mindset of Colonial America (2 segments)

  • Description: Today is the birthday of John Witherspoon, the only active clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence. He also served as president of the College of New Jersey, which would later become Princeton University, and was an influential figure in the development of the US's national character. Gideon Mailer joins us with more.
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    • Gideon Mailer
      Gideon Mailer is an associate professor and head of the Department of History at University of Minnesota-Duluth. He's the author of John Witherspoon's American Revolution: Enlightenment and Religion from the Creation of Britain to the Founding of the United States.
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    • John Witherspoon’s American Revolution: Enlightenment and Religion from the Creation of Britain to the Founding of the United States

      In 1768, John Witherspoon, Presbyterian leader of the evangelical Popular party faction in the Scottish Kirk, became the College of New Jersey's sixth president. At Princeton, he mentored constitutional architect James Madison; as a New Jersey delegate to the Continental Congress, he was the only clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence. Although Witherspoon is often thought to be the chief conduit of moral sense philosophy in America, Mailer's comprehensive analysis of this founding father's writings demonstrates the resilience of his evangelical beliefs. Witherspoon's Presbyterian evangelicalism competed with, combined with, and even superseded the civic influence of Scottish Enlightenment thought in the British Atlantic world. John Witherspoon's American Revolution examines the connection between patriot discourse and long-standing debates--already central to the 1707 Act of Union--about the relationship among piety, moral philosophy, and political unionism. In Witherspoon's mind, Americans became different from other British subjects because more of them had been awakened to the sin they shared with all people. Paradoxically, acute consciousness of their moral depravity legitimized their move to independence by making it a concerted moral action urged by the Holy Spirit. Mailer's exploration of Witherspoon's thought and influence suggests that, for the founders in his circle, civic virtue rested on personal religious awakening. (learn more)

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