Kresta in the Afternoon – March 17, 2017 – Hour 1

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+  The History of St Patrick (2 segments)

  • Description: St. Patrick is among the best-known saints and has one of the most iconic feast days. What do we know about his life, especially his early years? How did he come to be a missionary and why did he choose to go to Ireland? As we celebrate the Feast of St Patrick, we'll look at his life with Philip Freeman.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Philip Freeman
      Philip Freeman is Associate Professor and Qualley Professor of Classics at Luther College in Iowa and a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Divinity School. He's the author of four books including St Patrick of Ireland: A Biography.
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    • St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography

      Ireland's patron saint has long been shrouded in legend, but the true story of St. Patrick is far more inspiring than the myths. In St. Patrick of Ireland, Philip Freeman brings the historic Patrick and his world vividly to life. Patrick speaks in his own voice in two remarkable letters he wrote about himself and his beliefs, new translations of which are included here and which are still astonishing for their passion and eloquence. Born late in the fourth century to an aristocratic British family, Patrick's life was changed forever when he was abducted and taken to Ireland just before his sixteenth birthday. He spent six grueling years there as a slave, but the ordeal turned him from an atheist into a true believer. After a vision in which God told him he would go home, Patrick escaped captivity and, following a perilous journey, returned safely to Britain to the amazement of his family. But even more amazing to them was his announcement that he intended to go back to Ireland to spend the rest of his life ministering to the people who had once enslaved him. Set against the turbulent backdrop of the British Isles during the last years of the Roman Empire, St. Patrick of Ireland brilliantly brings to life the real Patrick, shorn of legend, a man whose deep spiritual conviction and devotion helped to transform a country. (learn more)

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