Kresta in the Afternoon – June 10, 2020 – Hour 2

+  Robert E Lee: The Christian and the Statue (full hour)

  • Description: The protests from George Floyd’s death have reignited debates over the role of Confederate symbols in American culture. The Navy has banned the public display of the Confederate battle flag on all Navy ships and installations and NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace has called for a ban on fans from waving the flag. Cities across the South have also begun removing statues of Confederate generals, including Robert E Lee. But who was Lee, really? We’ll look at his life with David Cox.
  • Segment Guests:
    • David Cox
      R. David Cox is an Episcopal priest and author who was rector at the R. E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Lexington, Virginia, for thirteen years. He is a professor of history at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, Virginia. He’s the author of The Lee Chapel at 150 and the Religious Life of Robert E Lee
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    • Lee Chapel at 150: A History

      This volume tells the story of Lee Chapel, from its inception in 1866 to present day. This volume is exclusive to Washington and Lee University. Each copy is signed by the author, exclusively for Lee Chapel Museum Shop. (learn more)

    • The Religious Life of Robert E. Lee

      The first close examination of how Robert E. Lee's faith shaped his life. Robert E. Lee was many things—accomplished soldier, military engineer, college president, family man, agent of reconciliation, polarizing figure. He was also a person of deep Christian conviction. In this biography of the famous Civil War general, R. David Cox shows how Lee's Christian faith shaped his crucial role in some of the most pivotal events in American history. Delving into family letters and other primary sources—some of them newly discovered—Cox traces the lifelong development of Lee's convictions and how they influenced his decisions to stand with Virginia over against the Union and later to support reconciliation and reconstruction in the years after the Civil War. Faith was central to Lee's character, Cox argues—so central that it directed and redirected his life, especially in the aftermath of defeat. (learn more)

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