First Topic – After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street and Washington
Robust financial markets support capitalism, they don't imperil it. But in 2008, Washington policymakers were compelled to replace private risk-takers in the financial system with government capital so that money and credit flows wouldn't stop, precipitating a depression. Washington's actions weren't the start of government distortions in the financial industry, Nicole Gelinas writes, but the natural result of 25 years' worth of such distortions. As Gelinas will explain, adequate regulation of financial firms and markets is a prerequisite for free-market capitalism -- not a barrier to it.
Second Topic – Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain
Pornography is powerful. Our contemporary culture as been pornified, and it shapes our assumptions about identity, sexuality, the value of women and the nature of relationships. Countless Christian men struggle with the addictive power of porn. But common spiritual approaches of more prayer and accountability groups are often of limited help. Neuroscientist and researcher William Struthers is here to explain how pornography affects the male brain and what we can do about it. Because we are embodied beings, viewing pornography changes how the brain works, how we form memories and make attachments. By better understanding the biological realities of our sexual development, we can cultivate healthier sexual perspectives and interpersonal relationships. Struthers exposes false assumptions and casts a vision for a redeemed masculinity, showing how our sexual longings can actually propel us toward sanctification and holiness in our bodies.
Third Topic – The Renaissance: God in Man (Volume 8)
The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years is bringing the Christian story through to the end of the twentieth century. Part One of this extraordinary series, the first six volumes, was completed in November 2004. Now the 8th of 12 volumes has been released - The Renaissance: God in Man. We look at the story of Christendom between the mid-1300s and the early 1500s, a time period that spans what are known as the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. General Editor Ted Byfield is our guest.