Kresta in the Afternoon – June 15, 2020 – Hour 1

+  Social Science Apologetics: How do Depression and Faith go Together?

  • Description: In the United States, more than 16 million adults are diagnosed with some form of depression every year. And those are only the ones who seek help. According to one study by Harvard Medical School, only 1 in 5 depressed adults pursue treatment for depression. That means, in any given year, there could be as many as 80 million people in the U.S. who are experiencing some form of depression with 64 million receiving no treatment whatsoever. Many of those who struggle are people of Faith. Does this affect how they seek treatment? We take a look with Dr Greg Popcak.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Greg Popcak
      Dr. Gregory Popcak is the director of The Pastoral Solutions Institute, a Catholic tele-counseling practice providing marriage & mental health counseling services to Catholics worldwide. Together with his wife Lisa Popcak, he is the author of over 20 books on relationships and spirituality. You can hear Dr. Greg and Lisa each weekday at 10am E/9C on their radio program More2Life, which is produced by Ave Maria Radio and carried by the EWTN Radio Network.
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+  Spiritual but not Religious? (2 segments)

  • Description: It’s human nature for us to yearn for something beyond this world. But many people today are skeptical of organized religion and declare themselves to be spiritual but not religious. How can we find meaning in a material world? Why are we attracted to things beyond? We talk with Fr. John Bartunek.
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    • Fr John Bartunek
      Fr. John Bartunek is the author most recently of Spiritual but Not Religious: The Search for Meaning in a Material World.. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. After spending time as a teacher, coach, and actor, he entered the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993 and was ordained in 2003, and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”
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    • Spiritual but Not Religious: The Search for Meaning in a Material World

      A Guide for Exploring the Horizons of Your Heart More people than ever find themselves unfulfilled by merely material abundance and prosperity. More people than ever find their hearts yearning for some kind of satisfaction beyond swiping right or going viral. This is because the human soul was made for more than video games, social media, SMS messages, and flashy distractions. This book, written with the warmth, sincerity, and clarity characteristic of Father Bartunek’s many popular books, opens the door to a rediscovery of the spiritual landscape present in every human heart. Maybe you are spiritually restless yourself. Maybe you know others who are, and you want to connect with them better. In either case, this book is for you. It will take you where few dare to go through a fearless exploration of questions like these:

      • Why does “spirituality” attract us, and what does that word really mean?
      • What is the real difference between “spirituality” and “religion”?
      • Aren’t all religions basically the same?
      • How is it possible to be “religious but not spiritual”?
      • What are the implications of choosing to be “spiritual but not religious”?
      • Does truth enrich or impoverish our spiritual life?
      Father Bartunek takes you on a tour of your own soul through his reflections on these themes and more, weaving together philosophy, natural theology, personal experiences, and analyses of selected works of art to make this a truly one-of-a-kind book. You won’t read this book and move on. You will read this book and grow, and then you will want to dip back into it again and again, to keep on growing. It’s a book for a lifetime. The horizons of the heart are vast, and often treacherous – which is one reason why so many people today hesitate to explore them. Father Bartunek is a wise guide who leads you deeper into your own self as he shows you how to continue your unique search for lasting meaning in an overly materialized world. (learn more)

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