Kresta in the Afternoon – May 17, 2019 – Hour 2

+  How Christianity Saved Civilization (full hour)

  • Description: We’ve looked before at the “world’s debt to the Catholic Church,” the ways in which Catholicism changed culture for the better and helped advance human flourishing. Jim Papandrea gives us a look at different “revolutions,” started by Christians, that helped save civilization.
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    • Jim Papandrea
      Jim Papandrea is a Catholic teacher, author, speaker, and musician. He's the author of several books, most recently How Christianity Saved Civilization: And Must Do So Again, which he co-authored with Mike Aquilina. He was baptized Catholic, but raised in the Lutheran denomination. and reverted back to the Catholic Church through his studies of the Church fathers. Jim is currently Associate Professor of Church History at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary at Northwestern University.
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    • How Christianity Saved Civilization: And Must Do So Again

      Ancient Rome's brutal culture exploited the weak and considered human life expendable. Women were used as property; unwanted children were left on the streets to die. Four centuries later, even ordinary men and women prospered in what had become a vigorous new Christian society, a society that served the vulnerable, exalted women, treasured virtue, and loved peace. Faith had triumphed. Truth was proclaimed. And on this rock-solid foundation, Christian society flourished in the West for the next 1500 years. These eye-opening pages document the many ways in which Christians penetrated and civilized that debased Roman empire, introducing then-radical notions such as the equal dignity of women, respect for life, protection of the weak and vulnerable, and the obligation of rulers to serve those they rule and maximize their freedom. Here you'll learn about the seven specific areas where any paganism, ancient or modern, is particularly vulnerable. They provide a roadmap for modern Christians to reclaim for the Faith our own neo-pagan modern culture. Facing an overwhelmingly dark and hostile culture, Rome's early Christians took the steps necessary to transform it. Their struggles and the hard lessons they learned documented here afford us hope that, by imitating their example, we may do the same for our culture today. (learn more)

    • A Week in the Life of Rome

      In first-century Rome, following Jesus comes at a tremendous social cost. An urbane Roman landowner and merchant is intrigued by the Christian faith―but is he willing to give up his status and lifestyle to join the church? Meanwhile his young client, a catechumen in the church at Rome, is beginning to see just how much his newfound faith will require of him. A Week in the Life of Rome is a cross section of ancient Roman society, from the overcrowded apartment buildings of the poor to the halls of the emperors. Against this rich backdrop, illuminated with images and explanatory sidebars, we are invited into the daily struggles of the church at Rome just a few years before Paul wrote his famous epistle to them. A gripping tale of ambition, intrigue, and sacrifice, James Papandrea's novel is a compelling work of historical fiction that shows us the first-century Roman church as we've never seen it before. (learn more)

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