Kresta in the Afternoon – May 4, 2020 – Hour 1

+  Kresta Comments: Responding to Universalism

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    • Will Many Be Saved?: What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization

      The question of whether and how people who have not had the chance to hear the gospel can be saved goes back to the beginnings of Christian reflection. It has also become a much-debated topic in current theology. In Will Many Be Saved? Ralph Martin focuses primarily on the history of debate and the development of responses to this question within the Roman Catholic Church, but much of Martin's discussion is also relevant to the wider debate happening in many churches around the world. In particular, Martin analyzes the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, the document from the Second Vatican Council that directly relates to this question. Contrary to popular opinion, Martin argues that according to this text, the conditions under which people who have not heard the gospel can be saved are very often, in fact, not fulfilled, with strong implications for evangelization. (learn more)

+  What does it mean to be in union with Christ? (2 segments)

  • Description: St Athanasius famously said that “the Son of God became man so that we might become God”. What does it mean for a Christian to not only have a relationship with God but become so united with Him that we take part in his divinity? Fr. David Vincent Meconi joins us.
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    • Fr. David Vincent Meconi
      Fr David Meconi is an Associate Professor of Theology at St Louis University, where he directs the Catholic Studies Center. He's the author of 101 Surprising Facts about Church History and the co-author with Carl Olson of Called to be Children of God.
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    • Union with God: Living the Christ Life (Deeper Christianity)

      This book is available from Christian Truth Society or on Kindle.  St Athanasius famously said that “the Son of God became man so that we might become God”. This booklet delves into what it means for a Christian to not only have a relationship with God but become so united with Him that we take part in his divinity. Fr. David Vincent Meconi, SJ is a member of the Chicago Province (USA) of the Society of Jesus. His academic specialty is the thought of St. Augustine of Hippo and the place of prayer and the emergence of a Christian culture in the early Church. The Deeper Christianity Series delves into the mysteries of Christianity, opening up the spiritual treasures of the Church. (learn more)

    • Called to Be the Children of God: The Catholic Theology of Human Deification

      This book gathers fourteen Catholic scholars to present, examine, and explain the often misunderstood process of "deification". The fifteen chapters show what "becoming God" meant for the early Church, for St. Thomas Aquinas and the greatest Dominicans, and for St. Francis and the early Franciscans. This book explains how this understanding of salvation played out during the Protestant Reformation and the Council of Trent. It explores the thought of the French School of Spirituality, various Thomists, John Henry Newman, John Paul II, and the Vatican Councils, and it shows where such thinking can be found today in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. No other book has gathered such an array of scholars or provided such a deep study into how humanity's divinized life in Christ has received many rich and various perspectives over the past two thousand years. This book seeks to bring readers into the central mystery of Christianity by allowing the Church's greatest thinkers and texts to speak for themselves, demonstrating how becoming Christ-like and the Body of Christ on earth, is the only ultimate purpose of the Christian faith. "Rescue from sin and death is indeed a wonderful thing but the salvation won for us by Jesus Christ is incomparably greater. And that is the subject of this book. In all its parts, this book, like Christianity in all its parts, is about salvation. But that means it's about everything that fills our lives, on earth and in heaven." -- Dr. Scott Hahn, Author, Rome Sweet Home "Theologians, pastors, students and laity alike would benefit immensely from reading this book, not only for developing their theological knowledge but also for deepening their love for the divine life they already live here on earth." -- Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, O.F.M., Cap., Member of the International Theological Commission "The richness of Catholicism is on full display in these marvelous essays as they show how Scripture's revelation of theosis is both taught and embodied throughout the Church's history. I loved reading, pondering, and praying with this marvelous book." -- Dr. Timothy Gray, President of the Augustine Institute and Senior Fellow at St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology "At last, we have an up-to-date, comprehensive, and readable introduction to the classical doctrine of divinization. Called to Be the Children of God is a must read for any serious student of Catholic theology." -- Dr. Brant Pitre, Professor of Sacred Scripture, Notre Dame Seminary, Graduate School of Theology (learn more)

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