Kresta in the Afternoon – November 23, 2018 – Hour 1

+  Catholic Symbolism in Superhero Movies + Does the New Grinch Film Measure Up?

  • Description: Stan Lee, known for his work with Marvel comics and his creation of such iconic characters as Spider-Man and the Hulk, passed away last week. What were her religious motivations? We talk with Steven Greydanus, who also looks at the new Grinch film and sees if it measures up to the Boris Karloff classic.
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    • Steven Greydanus
      Steven Greydanus is a Film critic for the National Catholic Register and writes regularly for Catholic Digest and Crux. He's a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and the Co-host of Reel Faith for New Evangelization Television. He's also a Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Visit decentfilms.com
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+  Kresta Comments: Feast of Christ the King

+  The Story of America’s Most Famous Lay Sermon

  • Description: At the founding of New England, John Winthrop told his fellow Puritans that the new land was to be seen as a “city upon a hill.” More than three centuries later, Ronald Reagan remade that passage into a timeless celebration of the American promise. How did Winthrop’s forgotten words become a central part of the new American identity? We take a look with Daniel Rodgers
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    • Daniel Rodgers
      Daniel T. Rodgers is the author of As a City on a Hill: The Story of America’s Most Famous Lay Sermon and the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University.
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    • As a City on a Hill: The Story of America’s Most Famous Lay Sermon

      How an obscure Puritan sermon came to be seen as a founding document of American identity and exceptionalism “For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill,” John Winthrop warned his fellow Puritans at New England’s founding in 1630. More than three centuries later, Ronald Reagan remade that passage into a timeless celebration of American promise. How were Winthrop’s long-forgotten words reinvented as a central statement of American identity and exceptionalism? In As a City on a Hill, leading American intellectual historian Daniel Rodgers tells the surprising story of one of the most celebrated documents in the canon of the American idea. In doing so, he brings to life the ideas Winthrop’s text carried in its own time and the sharply different yearnings that have been attributed to it since. As a City on a Hill shows how much more malleable, more saturated with vulnerability, and less distinctly American Winthrop’s “Model of Christian Charity” was than the document that twentieth-century Americans invented. Across almost four centuries, Rodgers traces striking shifts in the meaning of Winthrop’s words―from Winthrop’s own anxious reckoning with the scrutiny of the world, through Abraham Lincoln’s haunting reference to this “almost chosen people,” to the “city on a hill” that African Americans hoped to construct in Liberia, to the era of Donald Trump. As a City on a Hill reveals the circuitous, unexpected ways Winthrop’s words came to lodge in American consciousness. At the same time, the book offers a probing reflection on how nationalism encourages the invention of “timeless” texts to straighten out the crooked realities of the past. (learn more)

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