Kresta in the Afternoon – May 1, 2017 – Hour 1

+  Catholic Thoughts on President Trump’s First 100 Days in Office

  • Description: Modern presidents are often evaluated on what they accomplish in their first 100 days in office. This Saturday was Donald Trump’s 100th day, and in the early days of his presidency Catholic leaders have found cause for both praise and concern. His actions have encouraged pro-life leaders and he successfully nominated a worthy candidate to the Supreme Court, but he has been inconsistent on religious liberty and his first attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act withered. We’ll discuss more with Paul Kengor.
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    • Paul Kengor
      Paul Kengor is the Executive Director of the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College and a Visiting Fellow at Hoover Institute on War, Revolution and Peace. He's the author of many books and a frequent public speaker and contributor to TV and radio news. Visit
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+  How do Christians React to Persecution?

  • Description: Multiple studies in recent years have shown Christianity to be the world’s most persecuted religion. But few have taken a serious look at how persecuted Christians react to violence and oppression from the state, other religions and terrorist groups. Under Caesars’ Sword has done this research, and we’ll discuss it with Dan Philpott.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dan Philpott
      Daniel Philpott is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on religion and global politics, emphasizing reconciliation and religious freedom.
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+  Why Educated Christians are Sticking with the Church

  • Description: New data suggests religious Americans with college experience tend to participate in services more often than their peers. This challenges the age-old idea that education is the "cure" for religion. Catholic, Mormon and Protestant college grads are more likely to attend worship services than their less-educated peers. This is not the case among other religious groups, suggesting education has a distinct effect on religiosity within the world of Christianity. We'll talk about it with Emma Green.
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    • Emma Green
      Emma Green is a staff writer at ​The Atlantic, where she covers politics, policy, and religion.
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