Kresta in the Afternoon – July 24, 2020 – Hour 1

+  Kresta Comments: A Post-Christian Nation

  • Description: The toymaker Mattel recently announced it would release a “nonpartisan” edition of Uno without any red or blue cards. It’s a silly example of a larger, more troubling problem – we’d rather avoid our differences entirely rather than engage and understand each other. When society loses its focus on Christ, we lose the value we see in others. A society that rejects Christ doesn’t simply become post-Christian; it inevitably becomes anti-Christian. Al breaks it down.
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+  The Story you Haven’t heard about religious liberty (2 segments)

  • Description: The story commonly told about the relation between Christianity and freedom of religion treats Christianity as an inherently intolerant and oppressive religion. The historian Perez Zagorin writes, of "all the great world religions past and present, Christianity has been by far the most intolerant." But while it is a tragic truth that many Christians have oppressed others, the fact remains that Christian theology is a source for religious freedom. Tim Shah joins us.
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    • Tim Shah
      Timothy Shah is the Vice President for Strategy and International Research and the Director of the South and Southeast Asia Action Team for the Religious Freedom Institute. He's the editor and contributor to Christianity and Freedom Volume 1: Historical Perspectives and is the author or coauthor of several other books. Visit
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    • Christianity and Freedom: Volume 1: Historical Perspectives (Law and Christianity)

      In Volume 1 of Christianity and Freedom, leading historians uncover the unappreciated role of Christianity in the development of basic human rights and freedoms from antiquity through today. These include radical notions of dignity and equality, religious freedom, liberty of conscience, limited government, consent of the governed, economic liberty, autonomous civil society, and church-state separation, as well as more recent advances in democracy, human rights, and human development. Acknowledging that the record is mixed, scholars document how the seeds of freedom in Christianity antedate and ultimately undermine later Christian justifications and practices of persecution. Drawing from history, political science, and sociology, this volume will become a standard reference work for historians, political scientists, theologians, students, journalists, business leaders, opinion shapers, and policymakers. (learn more)

    • Christianity and Freedom: Volume 2: Contemporary Perspectives (Law and Christianity)

      Volume 2 of Christianity and Freedom illuminates how Christian minorities and transnational Christian networks contribute to the freedom and flourishing of societies across the globe, even amidst pressure and violent persecution. Featuring unprecedented field research by some of the world's most distinguished scholars, it documents the outsized role of Christians in promoting human rights and religious freedom; fighting injustice; stimulating economic equality; providing education, social services, and health care; and nurturing democratic civil society. Readers will come away surprised and sobered to learn how this very Christian link to freedom often invites persecution. What are the dimensions of persecution and how are Christians responding to that pressure? What resources - theological, social, or transnational - do they marshal in leavening their societies? What will be lost if the Christian presence is marginalized? The answers to these questions are of crucial relevance in a world awash with religious extremism and deepening instability. (learn more)

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