Kresta in the Afternoon – August 7, 2019 – Hour 2

+  Systematic Discrimination: Christians under Egyptian Rule

  • Description: Coptic Solidarity, an international human rights organization devoted to ameliorating the plight of Egypt’s indigenous inhabitants—the Christian Copts—recently published a comprehensive report on why the Egyptian government systematically discriminates against its Christian citizens: in a word, shari‘a, or Islamic law. Raymond Ibrahim has the details.
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    • Raymond Ibrahim
      Raymond Ibrahim is a widely published author, public speaker, and Middle East and Islam specialist. His books include “Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West" and "The Al Qaeda Reader.” He provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and has testified before Congress regarding the conceptual failures that dominate American discourse concerning Islam and the worsening plight of Egypt’s Christian Copts. He was born and raised in the U.S. by Coptic Egyptian parents born and raised in the Middle East and is fluent in English and Arabic. Visit
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    • Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West

      A sweeping history of the often-violent conflict between Islam and the West, shedding a revealing light on current hostilities The West and Islam--the sword and scimitar--have clashed since the mid-seventh century, when, according to Muslim tradition, the Roman emperor rejected Prophet Muhammad's order to abandon Christianity and convert to Islam, unleashing a centuries-long jihad on Christendom. Sword and Scimitar chronicles the decisive battles that arose from this ages-old Islamic jihad, beginning with the first major Islamic attack on Christian land in 636, through the Muslim occupation of nearly three-quarters of Christendom which prompted the Crusades, followed by renewed Muslim conquests by Turks and Tatars, to the European colonization of the Muslim world in the 1800s, when Islam largely went on the retreat--until its reemergence in recent times. Using original sources in Arabic and Greek, preeminent historian Raymond Ibrahim describes each battle in vivid detail and explains how these wars and the larger historical currents of the age reflect the cultural fault lines between Islam and the West. The majority of these landmark battles--including the battles of Yarmuk, Tours, Manzikert, the sieges at Constantinople and Vienna, and the crusades in Syria and Spain--are now forgotten or considered inconsequential. Yet today, as the West faces a resurgence of this enduring Islamic jihad, Sword and Scimitar provides the needed historical context to understand the current relationship between the West and the Islamic world--and why the Islamic State is merely the latest chapter of an old history. (learn more)

+  The Eucharist: Mystery of Presence, Sacrifice, and Communion (2 segments)

  • Description: In his first encyclical, Redemptor Hominis, Pope St. John Paul II claims that the Holy Eucharist in its “full magnitude and its essential meaning” is “at one and the same time a Sacrifice-Sacrament, a Communion-Sacrament, and a Presence-Sacrament” What does this mean? We'll talk with Dr. Lawrence Feingold.
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    • Dr. Lawrence Feingold
      Dr. Lawrence Feingold is the author of The Eucharist: Mystery of Presence, Sacrifice, and Communion. He is Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis and is also is the author of Faith Comes From What is Heard: An Introduction to Fundamental Theology, The Natural Desire to See God according to St. Thomas Aquinas and His Interpreters, and a three-volume series entitled The Mystery of Israel and the Church.
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    • The Eucharist: Mystery of Presence, Sacrifice, and Communion

      The Eucharist: Mystery of Presence, Sacrifice, and Communion explores the three ends of the Sacrament of Sacraments: God's true presence, His redemptive sacrifice, and spiritual nourishment through communion with Him. In this follow-up to his groundbreaking work, Faith Comes From What Is Heard, Lawrence Feingold constructs a biblical vision of the Eucharist from its prefigurement in the Old Testament to its fulfillment in the New and presents the Eucharistic theology of the Church Fathers, St. Thomas Aquinas, and magisterial teaching from centuries past through today. The Eucharist is a masterful text, both challenging and spiritually rich, that comprehensively examines the unspeakable mystery that is the Eucharist. (learn more)

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