Kresta in the Afternoon – May 21, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Christian Life in Indonesia

  • Description: Dr Robert Hefner is a professor of anthropology at Boston University, where he directs the Institute of Culture, Religion and World Affairs. At CURA, he has directed the program on Islam and society since 1991; coordinated interdisciplinary educational programs on religion and world affairs; and is currently involved in research projects comparing responses to modern social change in Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. He is a contributor to the Under Caesars Sword project.
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    • Dr Robert Hefner is a professor of anthropology at Boston University, where he directs the Institute of Culture, Religion and World Affairs. At CURA, he has directed the program on Islam and society since 1991; coordinated interdisciplinary educational programs on religion and world affairs; and is currently involved in research projects comparing responses to modern social change in Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. He is a contributor to the Under Caesars Sword project.
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    • Under Caesar’s Sword: How Christians Respond to Persecution

      The global persecution of Christians is an urgent human rights issue that remains underreported. This volume presents the results of the first systematic global investigation into how Christians respond to persecution. World-class scholars of global Christianity present first-hand research from most of the sites of the harshest persecution as well as the West and Latin America. Their findings make clear the nature of persecution, the reasons for it, Christian responses to it - both non-violent and confrontational - and the effects of these responses. Motivating the volume is the hope that this knowledge will empower all who would exercise solidarity with the world's persecuted Christians and will offer the victims strategies for a more effective response. This book is written for anyone concerned about the persecution of Christians or more generally about the human right of religious freedom, including scholars, activists, political and religious leaders, and those who work for international organizations. (learn more)

+  The Faith of President Grant (2 segments)

  • Description: Exactly 150 years ago, on May 20 and 21 of 1868, delegates at the Republican National Convention in Chicago nominated Civil War hero Ulysses S. Grant to run for president against Horatio Seymour. Grant is usually overlooked when we talk about the faith of the presidents, but he was certainly a man of faith. Ron White joins us with a look.
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    • Dr. Ron White
      Dr. Ronald White is the author of several books including the critically-acclaimed "A. Lincoln: A Biography," and "Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural." His newest book is "American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S Grant." He is a fellow at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California and a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum in Washington, DC. He is presently writing a biography of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. Visit ronaldcwhite.com.
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    • American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant

      NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of A. Lincoln, a major new biography of one of America’s greatest generals—and most misunderstood presidents Winner of the William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography • Finalist for the Gilder-Lehrman Military History Book Prize In his time, Ulysses S. Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the “Trinity of Great American Leaders.” But the battlefield commander–turned–commander-in-chief fell out of favor in the twentieth century. In American Ulysses, Ronald C. White argues that we need to once more revise our estimates of him in the twenty-first. Based on seven years of research with primary documents—some of them never examined by previous Grant scholars—this is destined to become the Grant biography of our time. White, a biographer exceptionally skilled at writing momentous history from the inside out, shows Grant to be a generous, curious, introspective man and leader—a willing delegator with a natural gift for managing the rampaging egos of his fellow officers. His wife, Julia Dent Grant, long marginalized in the historic record, emerges in her own right as a spirited and influential partner. Grant was not only a brilliant general but also a passionate defender of equal rights in post-Civil War America. After winning election to the White House in 1868, he used the power of the federal government to battle the Ku Klux Klan. He was the first president to state that the government’s policy toward American Indians was immoral, and the first ex-president to embark on a world tour, and he cemented his reputation for courage by racing against death to complete his Personal Memoirs. Published by Mark Twain, it is widely considered to be the greatest autobiography by an American leader, but its place in Grant’s life story has never been fully explored—until now. One of those rare books that successfully recast our impression of an iconic historical figure, American Ulysses gives us a finely honed, three-dimensional portrait of Grant the man—husband, father, leader, writer—that should set the standard by which all future biographies of him will be measured. Praise for American Ulysses “[Ronald C. White] portrays a deeply introspective man of ideals, a man of measured thought and careful action who found himself in the crosshairs of American history at its most crucial moment.”USA Today “White delineates Grant’s virtues better than any author before. . . . By the end, readers will see how fortunate the nation was that Grant went into the world—to save the Union, to lead it and, on his deathbed, to write one of the finest memoirs in all of American letters.”The New York Times Book Review “Ronald White has restored Ulysses S. Grant to his proper place in history with a biography whose breadth and tone suit the man perfectly. Like Grant himself, this book will have staying power.”TheWall Street Journal “Magisterial . . . Grant’s esteem in the eyes of historians has increased significantly in the last generation. . . . [American Ulysses] is the newest heavyweight champion in this movement.”The Boston Globe  “Superb . . . illuminating, inspiring and deeply moving.”Chicago Tribune “In this sympathetic, rigorously sourced biography, White . . . conveys the essence of Grant the man and Grant the warrior.”Newsday (learn more)

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