Kresta in the Afternoon – October 17, 2016 – Hour 2

+  Social Science Apologetics: The Impact of Prayer on Mental Health

  • Description: A new study says that your beliefs about the character of God determine the effects of prayer on your mental health. Researchers from Baylor University found that people who pray to a loving and protective God are less likely to experience anxiety-related disorders than those who pray but don’t really expect to receive comfort. Another study shows that explicitly using a person’s religious beliefs in therapy is more effective in reducing depression. We’ll talk about it with Dr. Greg Popcak.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Greg Popcak
      Dr Greg Popcak is Executive Director of Pastoral Solutions Institute and the author of more than a dozen books. He and his wife Lisa co-host More2Life on Ave Maria Radio. Greg holds an adjunct faculty position in the sociology and graduate theology programs at Franciscan University. Visit and find his Faith on the Couch blog at
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+  How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard (2 segments)

  • Description: Thousands of kids every year are losing their faith as they enter college. How can you keep your faith in intensely secular and even anti-religious environments? Aurora Griffin joins us with 40 tips for staying Catholic in college.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Auorora Griffin
      Aurora Griffin attended Harvard University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in classics in 2014. While she was there she served as President of the Catholic Student Association. Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, she received a graduate degree in Theology from Oxford University.

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