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

+  “Who Do They Say I Am?” Finding Jesus Among the Imposters (full hour)

  • Description: In Matthew Chapter 16, Jesus asks Peter one of the most important questions in history: Who do you say that I am? How would people respond today? Some would say he is a "nice man," others would say he was a prophet but not the Messiah, and some others would even claim he didn't exist. How can we recognize these fakes? Who do we say Christ is? Trent Horn joins us.
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    • Trent Horn
      Trent Horn is the author of several books, including Answering Atheism and Why We're Catholic. He's a staff apologist for Catholic Answers and a regular host for Catholic Answers Live.
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    • Counterfeit Christs – Finding the Real Jesus Among the Impostors

      Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Turns out that today, as back then, this question has a lot of different answers. So many groups want to appropriate Jesus—tweaking his identity until he looks and sounds like one of them. But then you no longer have the Lord, says Trent Horn (Why We’re Catholic). You have an impostor. In Counterfeit Christs, Trent looks at eighteen phony versions of Jesus that we encounter today. Some are the creation of non-Christians: like skeptics who dismiss Jesus as a fictional composite of ancient myths, secular humanists who think he was just a Nice Man, or adherents of other religions who claim him as a prophet or guru in their own tradition. Others stem from Christian or quasi-Christian theology gone so far wrong that its founder is no longer recognizable. Think of the greed-affirming Jesus of “prosperity gospel” preachers or the sects that strip Christ of his divinity. And of course there are enthusiasts for ideological causes who make him a model Marxist (or Democrat or Republican), or enlist him as a convenient spokesman for “tolerance” of the thing they want to do or promote. In all these examples and more, the authentic Jesus of Scripture and Tradition is obscured by a pale imitator, and so is the saving power of his wisdom and grace. Read Counterfeit Christs, then,and be able to recognize the fakes when you see them, explain why they’re phony, and make a case for the full truth and beauty of who Jesus is: the Christ, son of the living God (Matt. 16:16). (learn more)

    • Answering Atheism: How to Make the Case for God with Logic and Charity

      Today's New Atheists don't just deny God's existence (as the old atheists did) - they consider it their duty to scorn and ridicule religious belief. We don't need new answers for this aggressive modern strain of unbelief: We need a new approach. In Answering Atheism, Trent Horn responds with a fresh and useful resource for the God debate, based on reason, common sense, and more importantly, a charitable approach that respects atheists sincerity and good will making this book suitable not just for believers but for skeptics and seekers too. Meticulously researched, and street-tested in Horn s work as a pro-God apologist, it tackles all the major issues of the debate, including: -Reconciling human evil and suffering with the existence of a loving, all-powerful God -Whether the empirical sciences have eliminated the need for God or in fact point to him -How atheists usually deny moral laws (and thus a moral lawgiver) in theory but seldom in practice -History s best arguments for the existence of God and how to answer objections to them Read Answering Atheism and become thoroughly equipped to rebut atheists challenges and to share with them the good news that God is real. (learn more)

    • Why We’re Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope, and Love

      How can you believe all this stuff? This is the number-one question Catholics get asked—and, sometimes, we ask ourselves. Why do we believe that God exists, that he became a man and came to save us, that what looks like a wafer of bread is actually his body? Why do we believe that he inspired a holy book and founded an infallible Church to teach us the one true way to live? Ever since he became Catholic, Trent Horn has spent a lot of time answering these questions, trying to explain to friends, family, and total strangers the reasons for his faith

      • Some didn’t believe in God, or even in the existence of truth.
      • Others said they were spiritual but didn’t think you needed religion to be happy.
      • Some were Christians who thought Catholic doctrines over-complicated the pure gospel.
      • And some were fellow Catholics who had a hard time understanding everything they professed to believe on Sunday.
      Why We’re Catholic assembles the clearest, friendliest, most helpful answers that Trent learned to give to all these people and more. Beginning with how we can know reality and ending with our hope of eternal life, it’s the perfect way to help skeptics and seekers (or Catholics who want to firm up their faith) understand the evidence that bolsters our belief—and brings us joy. (learn more)

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