Kresta in the Afternoon – January 15, 2019 – Hour 1

+  What Does a Sober Assessment of the Pa. Grand Jury Report Reveal?

  • Description: The 2018 report of the special Pennsylvania grand jury, which investigated sexual abuse by Catholic priests, triggered a riot of law enforcement activity. Since the report’s Aug. 14 release, more than a dozen states have launched their own investigations of the Church. This burst of activity indicates that there may be energy enough to finally confront our national epidemic of child sexual abuse. Unfortunately, as things now stand, that energy is misdirected: All of the law enforcement initiatives listed above are, as was the Pennsylvania investigation, limited to misconduct within the Catholic Church while the epidemic of child abuse elsewhere is downplayed, if not neglected or even ignored. Gerard Bradley has more.
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    • Gerard Bradley
      Gerard Bradley is a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame and a former assistant district attorney in New York County, New York.
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+  Lies My Teachers Told Me: The Greatest Myths about Science & Religion (2 segments)

  • Description: You’ve probably heard the stories before. They’re everywhere. Maybe you heard them from Bill Nye the “Science Guy,” or celebrity astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, or Richard Dawkins. And what do the stories say? That science and religion have been at war with each other for centuries. That religion is anti-science. That the Renaissance was an antidote after years in the Dark Ages. We debunk these myths and more with Michael Keas.
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    • Dr. Michael Keas
      Dr. Michael Keas, PhD is the author of Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion. He's a senior fellow at Discovery Institute and a former Fulbright scholar and earned his PhD in the history of science from the University of Oklahoma. He serves as lecturer in the history and philosophy of science at Biola University.
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    • Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion

      Lies Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson Told Me 
      You’ve probably heard the stories before. They’re everywhere. Maybe you heard them from Bill Nye the “Science Guy,” or celebrity astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, or the late Carl Sagan. And what do the stories say? That science and religion have been at war with each other for centuries. That ­religion is anti-science. There’s just one problem: these stories are pure myth. Unbelievable explodes seven of the most popular and pernicious myths about science and religion. Michael Newton Keas, a historian of science, lays out the facts to show how far the conventional wisdom departs from reality. He also shows how these myths have proliferated over the past four centuries and exert so much influence today, infiltrating science textbooks and popular ­culture. The seven myths, Keas shows, amount to little more than religion bashing—especially ­Christianity bashing. Unbelievable reveals:
      • Why the “Dark Ages” never happened
      • Why we didn’t need Christopher Columbus to prove the earth was round
      • Why Copernicus would be shocked to learn that he supposedly demoted humans from the center of the universe
      • What everyone gets wrong about Galileo’s clash with the Church, and why it matters today
      • Why the vastness of the universe does not deal a blow to religious belief in human significance
      • How the popular account of Giordano Bruno as a “martyr for science” ignores the fact that he was executed for theological reasons, not scientific ones
      • How a new myth is being positioned to replace religion—a futuristic myth that sounds scientific but isn’t
      • In debunking these myths, Keas shows that the real history is much more interesting than the common narrative of religion at war with science.
      This accessible and entertaining book offers an invaluable resource to students, scholars, teachers, homeschoolers, and religious believers tired of being portrayed as anti-intellectual and anti-­science. (learn more)

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