Kresta in the Afternoon – February 12, 2009 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Charles Darwin Turns 200: The evidence for and against Darwinism and Intelligent Design

    The Texas Board of Education’s recent vote to require students to “analyze and evaluate evolution” is an important victory for the theory of Intelligent Design. Dr. Jonathan Wells explains why the party’s over for those who dismiss ID as “pseudoscience.” Wells says students have the right to study the scientific weaknesses, as well as the strengths, of Darwinism. On this 200th Birthday of Charles Darwin, Wells is here to explain who is fighting whom, the root of the conflict, and the evidence for and against Darwinism and Intelligent Design. He also explains what is ultimately at stake for Christians and non-Christians, educators, policymakers, and scientists.

    Second Topic – A. Lincoln: A Biography

    Today we celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln is endlessly chronicled because he is, like the nation he saved, endlessly fascinating. In celebration of the Lincoln’s 200th birthday, Lincoln scholar Ronald White has written a splendid, sprawling biography of a man we can never know too much about. Everyone wants to define the man who signed his name “A. Lincoln.” In his lifetime and ever since, friend and foe have taken it upon themselves to characterize Lincoln according to their own label or libel. In this magnificent book, White offers a fresh and compelling definition of Lincoln as a man of integrity–what today’s commentators would call “authenticity”–whose moral compass holds the key to understanding his life. He joins us.

    Third Topic – Vindicating Lincoln : Defending the Politics of Our Greatest President

    In a reasoned argument against the prevailing orthodoxies of the right, left, and center, Lincoln scholar Dr. Thomas Krannawitter takes on all of Lincoln's detractors and reasserts his contemporary relevance. A mix of narrative history and political insights, Krannawitter is here to reveal a man whose political and moral example sets him apart as the greatest President of the United States of America.

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