Kresta in the Afternoon – January 21, 2008 – Hour 2

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    First Topic – Prayer Studies

    But next, health and prayer researcher Harold Koenig has produced a new study on the effect of prayer on physical illness. We look at the results and examine the validity of ‘prayer studies.”

    Second Topic – The Biblical Roots of “I Have a Dream”

    The words of Martin Luther King, Jr. that have had the longest-lasting effect were those that electrified the nation when he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. King's prophetic utterances started the long overdue process of changing America's idea of itself. His words would enter the American lexicon, galvanizing the civil rights movement, becoming a touchstone for all that the country might someday achieve. We look at the speech, examining it on various levels: as a political treatise, a work of poetry, and as a masterfully delivered and improvised sermon bursting with biblical language and imagery.

    Third Topic –  King and Catholic Social Teaching

    We continue our look at King be examining his theological integration with Catholic Social Teaching. Dr. Nathan Schleuter takes a critical historical, constitutional, and philosophical examination of Martin Luther King Jr's understanding of justice, - his “Dream,” and its birth in Catholic Social Teaching. Schlueter introduces King's “I Have a Dream Speech” and then isolates elements of his larger vision for social justice - paying special attention to issues of racial discrimination, political economy, civil disobedience, and the relationship between politics and religion - situating those elements within historical, rhetorical, and political context.

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