Kresta in the Afternoon – April 2, 2018 – Hour 1

+  The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

  • Description: Billions profess to believe in the historical existence, death, and supernatural resurrection of Jesus. This man from Nazareth, a working-class Jew, made an exclusive claim to personal deity. The size of his popular religion and this one audacious claim refuse to be ignored, yet neither one amounts to evidence. Gary Habermas has dedicated his professional life to the examination of the relevant historical, philosophical, and theological issues surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus. His extensive list of publications and debates provides a thorough account of the current state of the issue. Christian believers as well as unbelievers may find within the contents of this site a strong argument for the philosophical possibility of miracles and the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, as well as the theological and practical implications of this event.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Gary Habermas
      Gary R. Habermas (Ph.D., Michigan State University) has taught college, graduate school, and seminary for over twenty-five years. He is currently distinguished professor and chair of the department of philosophy and theology at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. He has also authored, co-authored, or edited twenty-five books and over 100 articles in journals and magazines across the nation.
  • + Resources Mentioned Available in Our Store:

    • The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

      The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus is a comprehensive resource for anyone looking for detailed historical evidence of the physical resurrection of Jesus. Included is an interactive CD that reviews facts and information from the book in a fun and challenging simulated television game show format! This unique combination of resources does more than just provide information. It also shows you how to share the truth of Christ’s resurrection—validly, clearly, and confidently! (learn more)

    • We Have Reason to Believe: an Apologetic for the Resurrection

      The identity of Jesus boils down to one of three options. Is Jesus the Lord, a lunatic or a liar? The key to answering this question is found in the Resurrection.

      Always be ready to give a defense for the Resurrection.

      Even though we live in a sound bite world, the topic of the resurrection is not a sound bite issue. This topic takes really diving into. In this talk, Fr. John engages the audience with difficult questions. Fr. John asks questions of the audience (and you!) during this talk and he asks you think critically about your answers.

      (learn more)

+  Revealing Ancient Christian Symbols

  • Description: Imagine the dangerous life of a First Century Christian. You've embraced your newfound faith in Christ but fear the risk of persecution or death at the hands of the pagans living around you. Then a trusted friend tells you about some of Jesus followers who secretly meet. He whispers into your ear, Look for a fish carved into the entranceway to the burial chambers beside the Via Tiburtina. You smile in gratitude. Comparatively, modern society is awash in those same Christian symbols that kept early Christians safely connected: they appear on churches, bumper stickers, mugs even mints and stuffed animals. Yet, we are often ignorant of the origins of these symbols having lost the urgency of our spiritual ancestors hostile environment. We'll talk with Mike Aquilina.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Mike Aquilina
      Mike Aquilina is author or editor of more than thirty books, including The Fathers of the Church, The Mass of the Early Christians, and A Year with the Church Fathers. He has co-hosted eight series that air on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). He has co-authored books with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., and theologian Scott Hahn. He is past editor of New Covenant magazine and The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper. He appears weekly on Sirius Radio's "Sonrise Morning Show." Mike and his wife, Terri, have six children, who are the subject of his book Love in the Little Things.
  • + Resources Mentioned Available in Our Store:

    • Signs and Mysteries: Revealing Ancient Christian Symbols

      Imagine the dangerous life of a First Century Christian. You've embraced your newfound faith in Christ but fear the risk of persecution or death at the hands of the pagans living around you. Then a trusted friend tells you about some of Jesus followers who secretly meet. He whispers into your ear, Look for a fish carved into the entranceway to the burialchambers beside the Via Tiburtina. You smile in gratitude. Comparatively, modern society is awash in those same Christian symbols that kept early Christians safely connected: they appear on churches, bumper stickers, mugs even mints and stuffed animals. Yet, we are often ignorant of the origins of these symbols having lost the urgency of our spiritual ancestors hostile environment. Noted author Mike Aquilina conducts an intriguing tour of symbols that guided the first four centuries of the Church s existence. He explains how Christians borrowed pagan and Jewish symbols, giving them new, distinctly Christian meanings. Recover the voice and urgency of our spiritual ancestors symbolic language and discover the impact the symbols still have. Black and white illustrations by Lea Ravotti of artifacts uncovered throughout the Middle East beautifully complement the text, showing the variety of contexts in which they were found and the range of skills displayed in their execution. (learn more)

+  Kresta Comments: Our Problematic Understanding of Knowledge

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