Kresta in the Afternoon – July 21, 2020 – Hour 2

+  American History Is Not Canceled

  • Description: The role of statues in American culture and history has been fiercly debated, most recently in a standoff between Chicago police and protesters over a Columbus statue. What should Christians think about the new effort to take down American history monuments and symbols, such as the Confederate banner that was part of the Mississippi state flag? The answer actually calls for some scrutiny. We'll talk with Thomas Kidd.
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    • Dr. Thomas Kidd
      Thomas S. Kidd is distinguished professor of history and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. He's the author of several books including America's Religious History: Faith, Politics, and the Shaping of a Nation and we've spoken with him in the past about the religious lives of Ben Franklin and George Whitefield.
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    • America’s Religious History: Faith, Politics, and the Shaping of a Nation

      In the post-9/11 world, it is not difficult to see how important religion remains in America and around the globe. An older generation of scholars expected that America and the rest of the Western world was headed inexorably toward secularization and the end of religion. America is undoubtedly secular in many ways, and our constitutional order requires a clear distinction between faith communities and government. Yet from the colonial era to the present, American men and women have been, and have remained, a pervasively religious people. In America's Religious History, leading historian Thomas S. Kidd traces the theological and ethnic diversity and enduring strength of American religion, with special attention to Christianity and evangelical faith. Interweaving religious history and key events from the larger narrative of American history, the book considers how faith commitments and categories have shaped the nation. Written with the student in mind, America's Religious History offers an up-to-date, narrative introduction useful for undergraduate and graduate-level courses on American religion. General readers wanting to better understand the religious background of American life and politics will also enjoy its engaging and insightful overview. (learn more)

+  Planned Parenthood of New York Distances itself from Sanger

  • Description: Planned Parenthood of Greater New York will remove the name of founder Margaret Sanger from its Manhattan clinic because of Sanger’s support for eugenics. Sanger founded the first abortion clinic in the U.S. in 1916 in Brooklyn, and in 1921 established the American Birth Control League, which subsequently changed its name to Planned Parenthood. The Margaret Sanger Clinic will be renamed the Manhattan Health Center. Karen Seltzer, Board Chair of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, called the move “a necessary and overdue step” and said “there is overwhelming evidence for Sanger’s deep belief in eugenic ideology, which runs completely counter to our values.” Fr. John Conley joins us with a closer look at Sanger’s beliefs.
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    • Fr. John Conley
      Fr John Conley is a Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Loyola University in Maryland.
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+  Catholic communities mourn death of son of a federal judge killed at home

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