Kresta in the Afternoon – July 5, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Social Science Apologetics: Cohabitation Doesn’t Compare

  • Description: Data has shown that divorce rates are declining, but it's not for a good reason. The Census Bureau reports that the percentage of cohabiting adults ages 25 to 34 increased—from 12% a decade ago to 15% in 2018, while the percentage of 25-to-34-year-olds who are married continues to decline. Whereas 59% of 25 to 34-year-olds were married in 1978, only 30% are married today. In other words, you can't get divorced if you were never married to begin with. What does the data say about the success of cohabitation? We talk with Dr Greg Popcak.
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    • Dr. Greg Popcak
      Dr. Greg Popcak is Chair of the Online Master of Pastoral Studies program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He's also Executive Director of Pastoral Solutions Institute and the author of more than a dozen books. He and his wife Lisa co-host More2Life on Ave Maria Radio. Visit and find his Faith on the Couch blog at
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+  Catholicism and the American Founding (2 segments)

  • Series Details: This segment is part of a series titled Colonial America.
  • Description: As we've discussed in the past, the early days of America were a time of rampant anti-Catholicism. Catholics played little direct role in the founding of America, but America was still founded on deeply Catholic principles such as Natural Law and Natural Rights. We talk with Brad Birzer.
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    • Brad Birzer
      Bradley Birzer is the Russell Kirk Chair in American Studies at Hillsdale College. He is the author of several books, including Russell Kirk: American Conservative.
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    • Russell Kirk: American Conservative

      Emerging from two decades of the Great Depression and the New Deal and facing the rise of radical ideologies abroad, the American Right seemed beaten, broken, and adrift in the early 1950s. Although conservative luminaries such as T. S. Eliot, William F. Buckley Jr., Leo Strauss, and Eric Voegelin all published important works at this time, none of their writings would match the influence of Russell Kirk's 1953 masterpiece The Conservative Mind. This seminal book became the intellectual touchstone for a reinvigorated movement and began a sea change in Americans' attitudes toward traditionalism. In Russell Kirk, Bradley J. Birzer investigates the life and work of the man known as the founder of postwar conservatism in America. Drawing on papers and diaries that have only recently become available to the public, Birzer presents a thorough exploration of Kirk's intellectual roots and development. The first to examine the theorist's prolific writings on literature and culture, this magisterial study illuminates Kirk's lasting influence on figures such as T. S. Eliot, William F. Buckley Jr., and Senator Barry Goldwater―who persuaded a reluctant Kirk to participate in his campaign for the presidency in 1964. While several books examine the evolution of postwar conservatism and libertarianism, surprisingly few works explore Kirk's life and thought in detail. This engaging biography not only offers a fresh and thorough assessment of one of America's most influential thinkers but also reasserts his humane vision in an increasingly inhumane time (learn more)

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