Kresta in the Afternoon – September 3, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Kresta Comments: Observations on Poland

  • Description: Al is back from his pilgrimage to Poland, sharing his impressions of this deeply Catholic country.
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    • The Cold War: A New History

      The “dean of Cold War historians” (The New York Times) now presents the definitive account of the global confrontation that dominated the last half of the twentieth century. Drawing on newly opened archives and the reminiscences of the major players, John Lewis Gaddis explains not just what happened but why—from the months in 1945 when the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. went from alliance to antagonism to the barely averted holocaust of the Cuban Missile Crisis to the maneuvers of Nixon and Mao, Reagan and Gorbachev. Brilliant, accessible, almost Shakespearean in its drama, The Cold War stands as a triumphant summation of the era that, more than any other, shaped our own. Gaddis is also the author of On Grand Strategy.  (learn more)

    • City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Kraków

      “Karol Wojtyła, Pope John Paul II, was a man whose life was the expression of a richly textured and multidimensional soul. The many layers of that soul took on their first, mature form in Kraków.” – George Weigel In this beautifully illustrated spiritual travelogue, New York Times bestselling author George Weigel leads readers through the historic streets of Kraków, Poland, introducing one of the world’s great cities through the life of one of the most influential Catholic leaders of all time. “To follow Karol Wojtyła through Kraków is to follow an itinerary of sanctity while learning the story of a city.” Weigel writes. “Thus, in what follows, the story of Karol Wojtyła, St. John Paul II, and the story of Kraków are interwoven in a chronological pilgrimage through the life of a saint that reveals, at the same time, the dramatic history and majestic culture of a city where a boy grew into a man, priest, a bishop—and an apostle to the world.” With stunning photographs by Stephen Weigel and notes on the city’s remarkable fabric by Carrie Gress, City of Saints offers an in-depth look at a man and a city that made an indelible impression on the life and thought of the Catholic Church and the 21st century world. (learn more)

+  How Christianity Built the West (2 segments)

  • Description: As faithful Christians, it can be very frustrating to see analysts and commentators downplay or completely disregard the positive role the Christian faith has played in the formation of the West. We talk with Nick Spencer about this cultural amnesia of Christian history and the positive contributions Christianity has made to society.
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    • Nick Spencer
      Nick Spencer is research director at Theos, a Christian think tank, and author of a number of books, including Atheists: The Origin of the Species and Darwin and God and The Evolution of the West: How Christianity Shapes our Values.
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    • The Evolution of the West: How Christianity Has Shaped Our Values

      What has Christianity ever done for us? A lot more than you might think, as Nick Spencer reveals in this fresh exploration of our cultural origins.   Looking at the big ideas that characterize the West, such as human dignity, the rule of law, human rights, science, and even, paradoxically, atheism and secularism,he traces the varied ways in which many of our present values grew up and flourished in distinctively Christian soil.   Always alert to the tensions and mess of history, and careful not to overstate or misstate the Christian role in shaping our present values, Spencer shows us how a better awareness of what we owe to Christianity can help us as we face new cultural challenges. (learn more)

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