Kresta in the Afternoon – June 19, 2017 – Hour 1

+  Social Science Apologetics: Does Hormonal Birth Control Affect the Health of Future Children?

  • Description: When choosing a partner to have children with, it's only natural for women to desire a "Prince Charming" who will help pass on beneficial genetic qualities to future kids. One cue for "mate suitability" is odor, which signals compatibility between potential partners' immune systems. A more attractive odor signals less overlap between immune systems, which results in offspring with immune systems that can combat a wider range of threats. Unfortunately, contraceptive pill use interferes with this and reverses the natural preference for partners with dissimilar immune systems. We'll take a look at it with 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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+  The Saint vs. the Scholar

  • Description: In the year 1140, in a cathedral in France, a showdown occurred between two of the era's greatest minds: Bernard of Clairvaux and Peter Abelard. Bernard had accused Peter of heresy, a charge for which he had the power to order Peter executed. Few people know about this small but significant episode in Christian history. Jon Sweeney joins us to shed a light on their clash.
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    • Jon Sweeney
      Jon M. Sweeney is an independent scholar and one of religion’s most respected writers. He’s been interviewed on CBS Saturday Morning, Fox News, and other television programs. He's the author most recently of "The Saint vs the Scholar: The Fight between Faith and Reason." He is also the author of Inventing Hell, and several books about Francis of Assisi including When Saint Francis Saved the Church and The Enthusiast.
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    • The Saint vs. the Scholar: The Fight between Faith and Reason

      The year is 1140. Inside an imposing cathedral in France’s Champagne region, two of the most recognized men in the world are about to face each other in a contest of wills and a test of faith. On one side is Bernard of Clairvaux, a counselor and selector of popes who will be called “Saint” even before his death. The other is Peter Abelard, widely agreed to be the era’s most brilliant thinker, a medieval “rock star” among students in the universities of Europe and on the Paris social scene. Bernard has accused Peter of heresy and “insolence before God,” a charge for which Bernard has the power to order Peter executed. This intense, emotional and partisan clash between two men, the ways in which the Scholar provokes the Saint’s outrage, and the final outcome of the battle, will change the course of history—and frame the conflict between reason and faith that continues to inflame passions to this day. Jon M. Sweeney, author of The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation and Inventing Hell, makes the case that Christians cannot understand who we are today, or how we balance what we believe with what we say, without shining a light on what might otherwise pass completely unnoticed: this small but significant episode in our history. And there is, in fact, hope to be gleaned from the study of these two giants of medieval thought. How much, it turns out, Bernard and Peter actually shared in common! Sweeney points out delicacies of their spiritualities that actually link them in ways they never would have appreciated during their lifetimes. It is these delicacies, as well as what prevented the two men from recognizing them, that provide insights into exactly how we modern Christians might still recover from this regrettable—and avoidable—conflict that has reverberated through the ages. (learn more)

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