Kresta in the Afternoon – November 3, 2009 – Hour 1

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    Topic One – The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions

    Militant atheism is on the rise. Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens have dominated bestseller lists with books denigrating religious belief as dangerous foolishness. And these authors are merely the leading edge of a far larger movement–one that now includes much of the scientific community. A secular Jew, David Berlinski nonetheless delivers a biting defense of religious thought. An acclaimed author who has spent his career writing about mathematics and the sciences, he turns the scientific community’s cherished skepticism back on itself, daring to ask and answer some rather embarrassing questions. He joins us.

    Topic Two – Thou Shalt Laugh 4

    The phenomenon began back in 2006 when producers Hunt Lowry and Jonathan Bock took a step of faith and brought forth the proposition that the world was ready for comedy of, by, and for Christians. Other comedy concerts had entered the video arena, mostly to lie dormant on video store shelves. Thou Shalt Laugh, aided by a proper distribution campaign, sparked an interest that has generated more sales than any other Christian comedy DVD. In an era when laughs are so often mined from anatomical riffs, and the grosser the comedy, the bigger the box office grosses, here came a refreshing and, I’m glad to add, funny alternative. The franchise has been so successful that we now have Thou Shalt Laugh 4. Host John Tesh is with us.

    Topic Three – Catholic Education in Focus: Saint Catherine’s Academy

    St. Catherine of Siena Academy in SE MI has been a project in the works for many years. The purpose of the school was to answer Cardinal Maida’s call for secondary Catholic educational institutions in the northwest section of the Archdiocese of Detroit, a portion of the Archdiocese that was being underserved. First, Detroit Catholic Central High School was constructed in Novi to respond to that call, fulfilling this educational need for the boys of the region. The idea of a girls’ high school that would be located in close proximity to the boys’ school was conceived immediately following the construction of Catholic Central. The mission of the girls’ high school is to provide the sisters of Catholic Central’s boys with a rigorous academic program and robust spiritual formation, adhering closely to the teachings of the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. We talk with Chairman of the Board Pat O’Mera.

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