Topic One – Kresta Comments on Infant Baptism
It was this week in 1527 that Swiss Anabaptist reformer Felix Manz was drowned in punishment for preaching adult baptism and opposing infant baptism, becoming the first Protestant martyred by other Protestants. Al takes the opportunity to explain Catholic teaching on infant baptism.
Topic Two – Counterknowledge: How we surrendered to conspiracy theories, quack medicine, bogus science and fake history
From 9/11 conspiracy theories to Holocaust denial, we are experiencing an epidemic of demonstrably untrue descriptions of the world. Now, British Catholic journalist Damien Thompson has written Counterknowledge: How we surrendered to conspiracy theories, quack medicine, bogus science and fake history. This work demonstrates that unless the defenders of enlightenment values fight back soon, the counterknowledge industry has the potential to create new political, social and economic disasters. We look at it.
Topic Three – January 6, 1412 (traditional date): Joan of Arc is born
Today, January 6, is the traditional date of the birth of*** Joan of Arc, the French peasant mystic Christian who became a national heroine and her country's patron saint. We look at her life, legend, and the bizarre story from 2 years ago in which bones purported to be from Joan of Arc turned out to be those of an Egyptian mummy. We talk with Ann Astell author of multiple books on Joan of Arc.