Kresta in the Afternoon – September 16, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Social Science Apologetics: Teen birth control use linked to depression risk in adulthood

  • Description: In a recent study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, researchers found teenage birth control pill users were 1.7 times to three times more likely to be clinically depressed in adulthood, compared to women who started taking birth control pills as adults, and to women who had never taken birth control pills. We'll talk with Dr Greg Popcak.
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    • Dr. Greg Popcak
      Dr. Gregory Popcak is the director of The Pastoral Solutions Institute, a Catholic tele-counseling practice providing marriage & mental health counseling services to Catholics worldwide. Together with his wife Lisa Popcak, he is the author of over 20 books on on relationships and spirituality. You can hear Dr. Greg and Lisa each weekday at 10am E/9C on their radio program More2Life, which is produced by Ave Maria Radio and carried by the EWTN Radio Network.
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+  The True Story of the Church and Rome (2 segments)

  • Description: The history of the Catholic Church is often clouded by myth, misinformation and missing pieces. To help reverse that, we talk with Mike Aquilina about the works of the Church in the time of the Roman Empire, discussing the lives of saints such as Augustine and political figures such as Constantine and the role they played in the history of Christianity.
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    • Mike Aquilina
      Mike Aquilina is the author most recently of The Church and the Roman Empire: Constantine, Councils and the Fall of Rome. He is the executive vice president of the St Paul Center for Biblical Theology.
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    • The Church and the Roman Empire (301–490): Constantine, Councils, and the Fall of Rome (Reclaiming Catholic History)

      Suspense, politics, sin, death, sex, and redemption: Not the plot of the latest crime novel, but elements of the true history of the Catholic Church. Larger-than-life saints such as Athanasius of Alexandria, Jerome, Augustine, and political figures such as Emperor Constantine played an important part in the history of the Christianity. In The Church and the Roman Empire (301–490): Constantine, Councils, and the Fall of Rome, popular Catholic author Mike Aquilina gives readers a vivid and engaging account of how Christianity developed and expanded as the Roman Empire declined. In The Church and the Roman Empire (301–490), Mike Aquilina explores the dramatic backstory of the Council of Nicaea and why Christian unity and belief are still expressed by the Nicene Creed. He also sets the record straight about commonly held misconceptions about the Catholic Church. Readers may be surprised to learn:

      • The Edict of Milan didn’t just legalize Christianity; it also established religious tolerance for all faiths for the first time in history.
      • The growth of Christianity inspired a more merciful society: Crucifixion was abolished; the practice of throwing prisoners to wild beasts for entertainment was outlawed; and slave owners were punished for killing their slaves.
      • Controversy between Arians and Catholics may have resulted in building more hospitals and other networks of charitable assistance to the poor.
      • When Rome fell, not many people at the time noticed.
      Aquilina brings Church history to life in The Church and the Roman Empire, enabling Catholics to more deeply consider the true origins of the creed that unites us, the Bible we read, and the liturgy we celebrate. (learn more)

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