Kresta in the Afternoon – June 20, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Kresta Comments: More Thoughts on the Declaration of Truth

+  True Compassion: Case Studies in Effective Work with the Poor

  • Description: Concern for the poor is an essential part of being a Christian. Yet, Christians often don’t know how to effectively engage people who are in poverty, often coming from social and ethnic backgrounds very different from their own. We talk with Ismael Hernandez about how to recapture the essence of effective compassion.
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    • Ismael Hernandez
      Concern for the poor is an essential part of being a Christian. Yet, Christians often don’t know how to effectively engage people who are in poverty, often coming from social and ethnic backgrounds very different from their own. We talk with Ismael Hernandez about how to recapture the essence of effective compassion.
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+  The Humanitarian Threat to Christianity

  • Description: Love of God and love of neighbor, Christ’s summation of the Law, are inseparable in Christian social ethics. What happens when the latter, in the name of secular humanitarianism, negates the former? How have Christian virtues been transformed into post-Christian values? We talk with Kishore Jayabalan.
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    • Kishore Jayabalan
      Kishore Jayabalan is director of Instituto Acton in Rome. He organizes the institute’s educational and outreach efforts in Europe. He has worked as an international economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was appointed to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, and worked for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
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    • The Idol of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity

      This book is a learned essay at the intersection of politics, philosophy, and religion. It is first and foremost a diagnosis and critique of the secular religion of our time, humanitarianism, or the “religion of humanity.” It argues that the humanitarian impulse to regard modern man as the measure of all things has begun to corrupt Christianity itself, reducing it to an inordinate concern for “social justice,” radical political change, and an increasingly fanatical egalitarianism. Christianity thus loses its transcendental reference points at the same time that it undermines balanced political judgment. Humanitarians, secular or religious, confuse peace with pacifism, equitable social arrangements with socialism, and moral judgment with utopianism and sentimentality. With a foreword by the distinguished political philosopher Pierre Manent, Mahoney’s book follows Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in affirming that Christianity is in no way reducible to a “humanitarian moral message.” In a pungent if respectful analysis, it demonstrates that Pope Francis has increasingly confused the Gospel with left-wing humanitarianism and egalitarianism that owes little to classical or Christian wisdom. It takes its bearings from a series of thinkers (Orestes Brownson, Aurel Kolnai, Vladimir Soloviev, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn) who have been instructive critics of the “religion of humanity.” These thinkers were men of peace who rejected ideological pacifism and never confused Christianity with unthinking sentimentality. The book ends by affirming the power of reason, informed by revealed faith, to provide a humanizing alternative to utopian illusions and nihilistic despair. (learn more)

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