Kresta in the Afternoon – July 13, 2018 – Hour 1

+  The Soul of a Nation: What has Changed in America? (2 segments)

  • Description: Chris Altieri grew up in the US but has spent the better part of the last two decades in Rome. He’s back now and gives us his take on how the America of today compares to the America of his childhood. We also look at the philosophies of how America was founded and the thoughts of the Founding Fathers.
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    • Chris Altieri
      Chris Altieri is the author of The Soul of a Nation: America as a Tradition of Inquiry and Nationhood and a blogger for Catholic Herald. Visit him at
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    • The Soul of a Nation: America as a Tradition of Inquiry and Nationhood

      In The Soul of a Nation: America as a Tradition of Inquiry and Nationhood, Chris Altieri contends that the forma mentis of the founders of the political society often viewed-by its members and by those external to it-as the non plus ultra of modernity, i.e. the United States of America, is really steeped in the more ancient tradition of thinking that began in Athens and continued through the Christian centuries. Engaging the twentieth-century philosophers Eric Voegelin, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Stanley Cavell-in critical conversation with the founding fathers-the author shows that a broad conversation regarding the constitution of society is constitutively present in the public discourse of the people that began to recognize itself during the imperial crisis of the late eighteenth-century British America; that the participants in that conversation have at least an inchoate awareness of society as at once cosmic and anthropological; and that that political society is therefore an apt field of study in and for the general science of order. (learn more)

+  Register Recap: Anniversary of Laudato Si + Have the Germans Crossed the Line?

  • Description: In the three years since Pope Francis issued his environmental epistle Laudato Si many Catholics have responded in a way that is unparalleled for a papal encyclical. We'll revisit it with Matthew Bunson. Also, Bishop Franz Jung of Wurzburg, Germany has issued "an invitation to receive the Eucharist to all denomination-uniting marriages in which the two partners have been faithful to another for such a long time." Has he finally crossed the line? Will there be a response? Matthew takes a look.
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    • Dr. Matthew Bunson
      Matthew Bunson is a Senior Contributor to EWTN News and the National Catholic Register and a Senior Fellow at St Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He’s the author or co-author of more than 50 books including the first English-language biography of Pope Francis and The Encyclopedia of Catholic History. Follow him on twitter at MattBunson. Register Radio airs Saturdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 11 am.
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