Kresta in the Afternoon – December 12, 2019 – Hour 2

+  America's Newest Blessed Was Martyred for his Faith

  • Description: Over the last few weeks there has been considerable attention given, deservedly so, to the expected beatification of Archbishop Sheen, especially after it was unexpectedly delayed. An unfortunate consequence has been that Brother James Miller's beatification on December 7 went to the wayside. Brother Miller, who grew up in Wisconsin, was martyred for his faith in Guatemala and was in many ways an "all-American holy neighbor." Fr Roger Landry tells his story.
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    • Fr. Roger Landry
      Father Roger Landry is a priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts. He writes for many Catholic publications and is the author of Plan of Life: Habits to Help You Grow Closer to God.
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+  What does a Christian Approach to Media Look Like? (2 segments)

  • Description: Research continues to show that Americans do not trust the media. Research from pew found trust in media was at an all-time low of 32% in 2016 and the number now is only about 41%. Clearly, the idea of "Fake News" is alive and well. And as we've said, the mainstream press is simply "news as entertainment." Can there be a Christian approach to journalism? We'll talk about it with Marvin Olasky.
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    • Marvin Olasky
      Marvin Olasky is the author most recently of Reforming Journalism. He's editor in chief of World and the author of many other books, including Prodigal Press and The Tragedy of American Compassion. He is also dean of the World Journalism Institute and an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. He was a Yale Daily News and Boston Globe reporter and has published articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Fortune. He taught journalism for twenty-five years at The University of Texas. Visit
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    • Reforming Journalism

      Is there such thing as "Christian" journalism? What would that look like? In this three-part work, editor in chief of World magazine Marvin Olasky (1) lays out foundational principles of journalism, explaining why and how journalism ought to be done, (2) addresses practical, nuts-and-bolts issues such as interviewing subjects, structuring news stories, and responding to complaints, and (3) closes with a historical overview of journalism in the United States. Throughout the book, he points to the example of Christian journalists in China, who courageously continue a nearly three-thousand year history of news reporting in the face of government pressures. You will learn how to be a more discerning reader of news as well as a competent citizen-reporter in your own community. (learn more)

    • Prodigal Press: Confronting the Anti-Christian Bias of the American News Media (Revised and Updated Edition)

      25th Anniversary Edition—Revised and Updated In the nineteenth century, leading newspapers reported from a Christian perspective. Today, however, print and TV journalists increasingly take an anti-Christian stance while claiming to be neutral. Prodigal Press uncovers the shift to secular humanism that has radically altered what the media cover and how they report it. Issuing a clarion call for Christians to reclaim American journalism, Olasky and Smith examine the influence of worldviews on reporting, objectivity, sensationalism, and crusading; the impact of legal, ethical, and technological changes; and the changes brought about by the 24/7 news cycle, the Internet, and social media. (learn more)

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