Kresta in the Afternoon – October 20, 2020 – Hour 2

+  Remembering Tom Howard

  • Description: Last week saw the passing of Thomas Howard, a Catholic writer and convert who was the first guest to appear on The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi. He was one of many who have made the transition from “catholic evangelical” to “Evangelical Catholic.” His friend and protégée Peter Kreeft remembers him.
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    • Dr. Peter Kreeft
      Dr. Peter Kreeft is the author of more than 80 books, most recently Wisdom of the Heart: The Good, the True and the Beautiful at the Center of Us All. He has taught philosophy at Boston College since 1965. His other books include Between Heaven and Hell, Socratic Logic and Catholic Christianity. Visit him at
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    • Christ the Tiger

      This book is a reprint with revisions of one of Thomas Howard's earliest and most popular books. It is somewhat autobiographical, revealing the thoughts of a young man who has been seized by the love of Christ and, at first, sees dogmas and institutions as obscuring the terrible truth of God's love in Christ. But even at that earlier period, Howard showed his awareness that without those institutions there would be no way of encountering Christ the tiger. Howard is able to bring out the true vitality of what this faith is and should be, the radical nature of the Christian faith. This book powerfully presents who Christ is and what faith in him means. from 'Christ the Tiger': In the figure of Jesus we saw Immanuel, that is, God, that is, Love. It was a figure who, appearing so inauspiciously among us, broke up our secularist and our religious categories and beckoned us and judged us and damned us and saved us and exhibited to us a kind of life that participates in the indestructible. And it was a figure who announced the validity of our eternal effort to discover significance and beauty beyond inanition and horror by announcing to us the unthinkable: redemption. (learn more)

    • Evangelical is Not Enough: Worship of God in Liturgy and Sacrament

      In this deeply moving narrative, Thomas Howard describes his pilgrimage from Evangelicalism (which he loves and reveres as the religion of his youth) to liturgical Christianity. He soon afterward became a Roman Catholic. He describes Evangelicalism with great sympathy and then examines more formal, liturgical worship with the freshness of someone discovering for the first time what his soul had always hungered for. This is a book of apologetics without polemics. Non-Catholics will gain an appreciation of the formal and liturgical side of Catholicism. Catholics will see with fresh eyes the beauty of their tradition. Worship, prayer, the Blessed Virgin, the Mass, and the liturgical year are taken one after the other, and what may have seemed routine and repetitive suddenly comes to life under the enchanting wand of Howard's beautiful prose. Howard unfolds for us just what occurs in the vision and imagination of a Christian who, nurtured in the earnestness of Protestant Evangelicalism, finds himself yearning for "whatever-it-is" that has been there in the Church for 2000 years. It traces Howard's soul-searching and shows why he believes the practices of the liturgical Church are an invaluable aid for any Christian's spiritual life. Reminiscent of the style and scope of Newman, Lewis and Knox, this book is destined to be a classic. (learn more)

+  Was the Enlightenment All Bad? (2 segments)

  • Description: We tend to think of the Enlightenment in a negative light – a time when the Church in France was violently dethroned in the name of “Reason.” But it also ushered in a wave of genuine Christian inspiration. We’ll talk with Joseph Stuart about the three strategies Christians employed during the Enlightenment and how they can be employed in our own anti-Christian age.
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    • Dr. Joseph Stuart
      Dr Joseph Stuart is the Author of Rethinking the Enlightenment: Faith in the Age of Reason. He's Associate Professor of History and Fellow of Catholic Studies at the University of Mary in Bismark, North Dakota and his research focuses on the work of Christopher Dawson, the cultural history of the Great War, and the Enlightenment of the 18th Century.
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    • Rethinking the Enlightenment: Faith in the Age of Reason

      The Enlightenment was a complex cultural movement that radically transformed both religion and society — a movement Christians fended off when, in the name of reason, the Church in France was dethroned in a most bloody and utterly unreasonable way. The Enlightenment also ushered in a wave of genuine Christian inspiration and reform, however, and it opened vast new avenues for the faith to flourish. In this compelling and edifying book, scholar Joseph Stuart investigates this paradox, masterfully exploring the tense interaction of the Enlightenment and Christianity as two cultures, two lived realities, and two overlapping ways of life. On page after page, you'll see that the Age of Reason was more than just merciless confrontation between reason and religion. Indeed, it brought forth many Christians — including the Enlightenment Pope, Benedict XIV, and groups of coffee-drinking monks — who embraced both faith and reason as powerful tools for strengthening Church and society. In other cases, culture-changing Christians such as John Wesley and St. Louis de Montfort opted simply to sidestep the Enlightenment by building up Christian culture from within — a strategy that led to the explosion of powerful evangelical movements across the world. In Rethinking the Enlightenment, Dr. Stuart demonstrates that the three primary strategies Christians employed during the Enlightenment — conflict, engagement, and retreat — are time-tested methods that should be employed in our own anti-Christian age. Conflict without engagement is senseless; engagement without conflict is weak; and without retreat, both strategies lack wisdom. If we pursue all three today with the help of the Holy Spirit, then a tough, intellectually sophisticated, and evangelically oriented Christianity can emerge — just as it did in the tumultuous Age of the Enlightenment. (learn more)

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