Kresta in the Afternoon – May 25, 2017 – Hour 1

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+  The Religious Life of Robert E Lee (2 segments)

  • Description: Confederate General Robert E Lee may be one of the most polarizing and misunderstood characters of the Civil War. People may not realize that he was a man of deep Christian conviction and his faith was central to his entire life. His faith influenced his decision to stand with Virginia against the Union, shaped how he handled defeat and led him to support reconciliation and reconstruction. David Cox joins us with the first close examination of how Lee's faith shaped his life.
  • Segment Guests:
    • David Cox
      R. David Cox is an Episcopal priest and author who was rector at the R. E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Lexington, Virginia, for thirteen years. He currently serves as visiting professor of history at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, Virginia.
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    • The Religious Life of Robert E. Lee

      The first close examination of how Robert E. Lee's faith shaped his life. Robert E. Lee was many things—accomplished soldier, military engineer, college president, family man, agent of reconciliation, polarizing figure. He was also a person of deep Christian conviction. In this biography of the famous Civil War general, R. David Cox shows how Lee's Christian faith shaped his crucial role in some of the most pivotal events in American history. Delving into family letters and other primary sources—some of them newly discovered—Cox traces the lifelong development of Lee's convictions and how they influenced his decisions to stand with Virginia over against the Union and later to support reconciliation and reconstruction in the years after the Civil War. Faith was central to Lee's character, Cox argues—so central that it directed and redirected his life, especially in the aftermath of defeat. (learn more)

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