Kresta in the Afternoon – August 11, 2020 – Hour 2

+  Social Science Apologetics: Virtue-Focused People and Decision-Making

  • Description: It’s common knowledge that people tend to be better at solving other people’s problems than they are at addressing their own. But a new study finds that people who think, not in terms of what they personally feel or think they should do about their problems, but in terms of what attempting to live up to a particular set of virtues would have them do in response to a problem, are just as good at solving their own problems as they are helping others. We'll get the details 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 more than 20 books 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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+  Who Won the Scripture Wars? (2 segments)

  • Description: About a century after Christ's death, a battle raged in the early Church over how to interpret the Old Testament. Jewish Converts charged Paul with a "Great Apostacy" from Jewish tradition and argued for a strict interpretation of the Torah, while Marcionite Christians wanted to abandon the texts entirely. Who won the Scripture Wars? We talk with Rod Bennett.
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    • Rod Bennett
      Rod Bennett is the author of several books, most recently Scripture Wars: How Justin Martyr Rescued the Old Testament for Christians. His articles appear in Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic Exchange and Rutherford Magazine and he is a frequent guest on EWTN and Catholic Answers. His other books include Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words and Bad Shepherds: The Dark Years When The Faithful Thrived While Bishops Did the Devil's Work.
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    • Scripture Wars: Justin Martyr’s Battle to Save the Old Testament for Christians

      About a century after Jesus died, a battle began for the Old Testament. Large numbers of faithful Christians fought about its contents and even about its right to be called a Christian book! On one side, many Jewish converts charged Paul and most of the other Apostles with a Great Apostasy, a pulling away from the deep roots of their Jewish tradition. This, they argued, endangered the souls of believers everywhere. They sought to retain intact the strict practices and teachings of the Old Testament and to integrate more of them into the still new and developing Christian Faith. On the other side, Marcionite Christians held such antipathy toward the Old Testament that they advocated leaving it behind entirely. They even sought to purge from the New Testament practices and notions they judged too friendly to Jewish ideas. The outcome of this conflict would affect nearly every aspect of the new Christian Faith and the daily lives of believers everywhere, for centuries to come. Who won these crucial, climactic Scripture Wars? God did, of course but not without raising up a great saint whose keen mind and deep faith expelled from Christianity both false understandings of how the gentle, loving God of the New Testament relates to the often-stern God of the Old. That saint was Justin of Neapolis, known today as St. Justin Martyr. These pages tell the surprisingly exciting tale of Justin's encounters with these vigorous early heresies that threatened to paralyze the young Church just as she was struggling to her feet. Scripture Wars is an inspiring, true-life testimony to our Father's providence, a tale that has the power to strengthen the faith of Catholics even today, eighteen centuries later. (learn more)

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