Kresta in the Afternoon – March 23, 2018 – Hour 1

+  Turkey wants to keep American Pastor behind bars for life

  • Description: Turkish prosecutors have demanded life imprisonment for jailed US pastor Andrew Burnson, who was arrested in October 2016 and accused of being a part of the Islamic movement led by Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of orchestrating the failed July 2016 coup attempt. Neither pastor Brunson nor his lawyer have been allowed any access to the documents being used against him. We'll here the details from Derya Little.
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    • Derya Little
      Derya Little has a PhD in politics from Durham University in England. She's the author of From Islam to Christ: One Woman's Path through the Riddles of God. Her articles on foreign affairs have appeared in academic journals and on Catholic World Report.
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    • From Islam to Christ: One Woman’s Path through the Riddles of God

      Born and raised in Muslim Turkey, Derya Little wandered far and wide in search of her true home. After her parents' divorce, she rejected her family's Islamic faith and became an atheist. During her stormy adolescence, she tried to convince a Christian missionary that there is no God but was converted to Christ instead. Her winding path through the riddles of God was not over, however. While attending a Turkish university and serving as a Christian youth minister, Derya began to compare the teachings of Protestantism and Catholicism, and during her doctoral studies in England, she entered the Catholic Church. Ultimately, she ended up in the United States, where she has become a citizen and has settled down to raise a family. Derya's story provides a window into both Islam and modernity. It shows that the grace and the mercy of God know no bounds.  Rather, the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ reaches souls in the most unlikely places. (learn more)

+  The Theological Roots of Foreign Policy (2 segments)

  • Description: Before the election of President John F. Kennedy, the American elite—political, economic, and cultural—was overwhelmingly Protestant. Since 1960, however, American society has become ever more multi-ethnic and multi-religious, while the general culture has become thoroughly non-religious. How has this affected our approach to Foreign Policy? We'll talk with Michael Doran.
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    • Michael Doran
      Michael Doran is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, specializing in Middle East security issues. He served in the Bush administration as a senior director in the National Security Council, where he was responsible for helping to devise and coordinate US strategies on a variety of middle east issues. He also served in the State Department and as a deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Pentagon.
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