Kresta in the Afternoon – February 10, 2009 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Religious Practice and Family Stability

    Couples who are more religious tend to exhibit greater marital commitment than couples who are less religious. There is less likelihood of domestic violence among couples who attend church regularly than among those who do not. Communities with higher concentrations of various religious denominations tend to have a lower incidence of divorce. These are just a few of the findings of a recent Heritage Foundation study on Religious Practice and Family Stability. Jenifer Marshall, Heritage’s Director of Domestic Policy Studies is with us.

    Second Topic – The Improbable Life of Florence Nightingale

    Florence Nightingale was raised in a wealthy, well-connected Victorian family, and she chafed against the expectations for what her life should be in such a milieu. Not for her the endless idle talk with fashionable ladies in the drawing room of her father's grand house. She viewed marriage equally unfavorably as a permanent perpetuation of this tedious existence. For the rest of her life she marked the anniversary of February 7, 1837, the day when God had called her—a 16-year old girl—to an active life of service for him. We talk about the improbable life of Florence Nightingale with Timothy Larsen.

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