Kresta in the Afternoon – November 20, 2017 – Hour 1

+  The Founding Fathers and the Bible (2 segments)

  • Description: In Colonial times, no book was more accessible or familiar than the Bible. It was by far the most alluded to and quoted source during political discourse and was well-known to the Founding Fathers. How did they use the Bible when they were founding the new nation? We'll look at their diverse use of scripture and theology with Daniel Dreisbach.
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    • Dr. Daniel Dreisbach
      Daniel Dreisbach is the author of Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers. He's a professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology at American University in Washington and received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University. He has written extensively on the intersection of religion, politics and law in the American founding.
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    • Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers

      No book was more accessible or familiar to the American founders than the Bible, and no book was more frequently alluded to or quoted from in the political discourse of the age. How and for what purposes did the founding generation use the Bible? How did the Bible influence their political culture? Shedding new light on some of the most familiar rhetoric of the founding era, Daniel Dreisbach analyzes the founders' diverse use of scripture, ranging from the literary to the theological. He shows that they looked to the Bible for insights on human nature, civic virtue, political authority, and the rights and duties of citizens, as well as for political and legal models to emulate. They quoted scripture to authorize civil resistance, to invoke divine blessings for righteous nations, and to provide the language of liberty that would be appropriated by patriotic Americans. Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers broaches the perennial question of whether the American founding was, to some extent, informed by religious--specifically Christian--ideas. In the sense that the founding generation were members of a biblically literate society that placed the Bible at the center of culture and discourse, the answer to that question is clearly "yes." Ignoring the Bible's influence on the founders, Dreisbach warns, produces a distorted image of the American political experiment, and of the concept of self-government on which America is built. (learn more)

+  Kresta Comments: Blessed Solanus Casey’s Samaritan Strategy

  • Description: For the first time, Catholics can now say “Blessed Solanus Casey, pray for us.” More than 60,000 Catholics gathered at Ford Field in Detroit on Saturday to celebrate his beatification Mass, the largest Mass ever held within the city limits. They shared stories of his trademark love, humility and simplicity that made him so beloved to the poor and suffering of the city. Al gives a firsthand account of the celebration and reflects on the witness of Blessed Fr. Casey’s life.
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    • Father Solanus Casey, Revised and Updated

      What does it matter where we go? Wherever we go, won't we be serving God there? Father Solanus Casey (1870 1957) Wisconsin native, Capuchin friar, and miracle-worker lived this motto throughout his life. By his gentle, cheerful example, he taught others to have that same trust in God. Wherever he was sent whether to parishes in New York City or monasteries in Detroit and tiny Huntington, Indiana Father Casey was widely sought after for his wise counsel, powerful prayers, and miraculous healings. Visitors flocked to the humble monastery doorkeeper, seeking physical cures, advice, and spiritual renewal. Thousands of mourners attended his funeral in July 1957, hailing him as a modern saint. Catherine M. Odell proves that Father Casey s witness remains more important than ever. Featuring first-hand personal accounts and 16 pages of photos, Father Solanus Casey takes readers past the ordinary appearance of this self-effacing friar into his extraordinary holiness. (learn more)

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