Kresta in the Afternoon – November 14, 2019 – Hour 1

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+  Who Won the Scripture Wars? (2 segments)

  • Description: About a century after Christ's death, a battle raged in the early Church over how to interpret the Old Testament. Jewish Converts charged Paul with a "Great Apostacy" from Jewish tradition and argued for a strict interpretation of the Torah, while Marcionite Christians wanted to abandon the texts entirely. Who won the Scripture Wars? We talk with Rod Bennett.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Rod Bennett
      Rod Bennett is the author of several books, most recently Scripture Wars: How Justin Martyr Rescued the Old Testament for Christians. His articles appear in Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic Exchange and Rutherford Magazine and he is a frequent guest on EWTN and Catholic Answers. His other books include Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words and Bad Shepherds: The Dark Years When The Faithful Thrived While Bishops Did the Devil's Work.
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    • Scripture Wars: Justin Martyr’s Battle to Save the Old Testament for Christians

      About a century after Jesus died, a battle began for the Old Testament. Large numbers of faithful Christians fought about its contents and even about its right to be called a Christian book! On one side, many Jewish converts charged Paul and most of the other Apostles with a Great Apostasy, a pulling away from the deep roots of their Jewish tradition. This, they argued, endangered the souls of believers everywhere. They sought to retain intact the strict practices and teachings of the Old Testament and to integrate more of them into the still new and developing Christian Faith. On the other side, Marcionite Christians held such antipathy toward the Old Testament that they advocated leaving it behind entirely. They even sought to purge from the New Testament practices and notions they judged too friendly to Jewish ideas. The outcome of this conflict would affect nearly every aspect of the new Christian Faith and the daily lives of believers everywhere, for centuries to come. Who won these crucial, climactic Scripture Wars? God did, of course but not without raising up a great saint whose keen mind and deep faith expelled from Christianity both false understandings of how the gentle, loving God of the New Testament relates to the often-stern God of the Old. That saint was Justin of Neapolis, known today as St. Justin Martyr. These pages tell the surprisingly exciting tale of Justin's encounters with these vigorous early heresies that threatened to paralyze the young Church just as she was struggling to her feet. Scripture Wars is an inspiring, true-life testimony to our Father's providence, a tale that has the power to strengthen the faith of Catholics even today, eighteen centuries later. (learn more)

    • Bad Shepherds: The Dark Years in Which the Faithful Thrived While Bishops Did the Devil’s Work

      Shocked to find corruption widespread in the ranks of their shepherds today, too many good Catholics are tempted to leave the Church, unaware that ever since the days when Jesus’ own treasurer, Judas Iscariot, had his hand in the till, the Good Shepherd and His faithful followers have regularly been betrayed by bad shepherds. In these eye-opening pages, Church historian Rod Bennett introduces a number of those bad shepherds, including Bishop Eusebius of Nicomedia, who regularly sold out the Church to the Roman emperor; Pope Stephen VII, who so hated his late predecessor that he had him dug up, put on trial, and flung into the Tiber; Benedict IX, who bought and sold the papacy (twice!); and Pope John XII, whose debauchery rivaled that of the corrupt emperor Caligula. Those were very bad shepherds indeed, but while they did the Devil’s work, good Catholics not only survived — they thrived. They outlasted their bad shepherds, preserved in their ranks the Faith of our fathers, and served in each instance as the foundation for a cleansing of the House of God and a vigorous renewal of the Faith. These enlightening pages demonstrate that  it can happen again! (learn more)

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