Kresta in the Afternoon – June 17, 2015 – Hour 1

+  Turkey's election results were a big surprise. What's next?

  • Description: Turkey has faced the prospect of weeks of political turmoil after the ruling AK Party lost its parliamentary majority at the beginning of the month, dealing a blow to President Tayyip Erdogan's ambitions to acquire sweeping new powers. The result could also prompt some soul searching in the AKP, Turkey's dominant political movement for more than a decade, where in recent years religious conservatives, with Erdogan's support, have gained the ascendancy at the expense of center-right and liberal elements. The precarious outcome may stir concern in Western capitals that see NATO member Turkey as an important island of political stability bordering Syria, Iraq and Iran. Nearly two million Syrian refugees now live in Turkish camps, Islamic State militants stand on the country's borders and the United States keeps an air base at Incirlik, in south-east Turkey. Turkish journalist Mustafa Akyol joins us.
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+  Markets and Monasticism

  • Description: Dylan Pahman is here to offer a brief survey and analysis of the historical interaction between Christian monasticism and markets, both East and West. The overwhelmingly positive practice of monastic enterprise since the beginning of the movement offers an important context for monastic teachings on wealth, possessions, and poverty and challenges common caricatures of monasticism as being of no “earthly” good.
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    • Dylan Pahman
      Research associate at the Acton Institute where serves as assistant editor of the Journal of Markets & Morality. He earned an M.T.S. in historical theology from Calvin Theological Seminary. In addition, he is a contributing editor at Ethika Politika and a fellow of the Sophia Institute: International Advanced Research Forum for Eastern Christian Life and Culture.
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+  Kresta Comments: How to read an encyclical

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