Kresta in the Afternoon – March 13, 2018 – Hour 2

+  A Catholic Defense of Free Economy (2 segments)

  • Description: The economy and markets are a constant subject of debate as people of various political affiliations try to determine the systems that will create the greatest opportunities for education, employment and financial stability. Unfortunately, the role of religious thought is often left out of these debates. We'll take a Catholic look at the idea of free economy with Thomas Woods.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Tom Woods
      Tom Woods is a Senior Fellow of the Mises Institute and host of the Tom Woods show. He's the author of several books including The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy and How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization. Visit
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    • The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy (Studies in Ethics and Economics)

      The Church and the Market is a vigorous and lively defense of the market economy and a withering attack on all forms of state intervention. It covers labor unions, monopoly, money and banking, business cycles, interest, usury, and much more. Although it makes a particular point of noting the moral arguments of the market economy and that Catholics are of course perfectly at liberty to support it, its audience is much broader than Catholics alone. Readers of all religious traditions and none at all have praised The Church and the Market, first-place winner in the 2006 Templeton Enterprise Awards, as one of the most compelling and persuasive defenses of capitalism against its critics ever written. (learn more)

    • How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

      Ask someone today where Western Civilization originated, and he or she might say Greece or Rome. But what is the ultimate source of Western Civilization? Bestselling author and professor Thomas E. Woods, Jr. provides the long neglected answer: the Catholic Church. In the new paperback edition of his critically-acclaimed book, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, Woods goes far beyond the familiar tale of monks copying manuscripts and preserving the wisdom of classical antiquity. Gifts such as modern science, free-market economics, art, music, and the idea of human rights come from the Catholic Church, explains Woods. In How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, you’ll learn:  

      • Why modern science was born in the Catholic Church
      • How Catholic priests developed the idea of free-market economics five hundred years before Adam Smith
      • How the Catholic Church invented the university
      • Why what you know about the Galileo affair is wrong
      • How Western law grew out of Church canon law
      • How the Church humanized the West by insisting on the sacredness of all human life
      No institution has done more to shape Western civilization than the two-thousand-year-old Catholic Church—and in ways that many of us have forgotten or never known. How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization is essential reading for recovering this lost truth. (learn more)

+  I Can Only Imagine - The Song you Know, the Story you Don't

  • Description: You're probably familiar with MercyMe's double-platinum song I Can Only Imagine. But do you know the story that inspired it? MercyMe's lead singer Bart Millard lost his father when he was 18, and the story of their strained relationship led to the song. Director Jon Irwin joins us with more.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Jon Erwin
      Jon Irwin is the director and writer of the upcoming film I Can Only Imagine. Learn more at The film releases on March 16 but if you're in Southeast Michigan you can see it early - for free! We have a screening on Wedneday, March 14 at 7. Learn more at our website.

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