First Topic - A Portrait of the Newly-Discovered Ayn Rand
Fr. Robert Sirico recently examined the current debate over the legacy of Ayn Rand in conservative circles, and the attempt by liberal/progressives to tarnish prominent figures like Rep. Paul Ryan with "hyperbolic and personal critiques of the woman and her thought." It has now developed into a bit of a controversy involving Michael Sean Winters of the National Catholic Reporter and the Catholic League's Bill Donohue. Fr. Sirico joins us.
Second Topic - The Social and Economic Context of the New Testament
New research on the economic context of Jesus' teaching on wealth and exchange points to the need to take into account the nature and extent of market arrangements in first-century Roman Palestine. Stephen Grabill shows that in the Gospels we find Jesus recognizing a growing role for market exchange and a legitimate pursuit of economic gain through risk-taking alongside of the need for the practice of general reciprocity. He is with us.