Kresta in the Afternoon – September 17, 2019 – Hour 2

+  Kresta Comments: Constitution Day

+  The Ironies of Modern Catholic History (2 segments)

  • Description: In the 19th century it was believed that the Church and the modern world were locked in a battle to the death – a battle that would end with the triumph of modernity and the end of the Church’s role as a major player on the world stage. But that didn’t happen and the Church is even more vital than it was at that time. We talk with George Weigel.
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    • Dr. George Weigel
      George Weigel is a New York Times bestselling author of many books, including The Irony of Modern Catholic History. He's a distinguished senior fellow of Washington's Ethics and Public Policy Center. Visit
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    • The Irony of Modern Catholic History: How the Church Rediscovered Itself and Challenged the Modern World to Reform

      A powerful new interpretation of Catholicism's dramatic encounter with modernity, by one of America's leading intellectuals
      Throughout much of the nineteenth century, both secular and Catholic leaders assumed that the Church and the modern world were locked in a battle to the death. The triumph of modernity would not only finish the Church as a consequential player in world history; it would also lead to the death of religious conviction. But today, the Catholic Church is far more vital and consequential than it was 150 years ago. Ironically, in confronting modernity, the Catholic Church rediscovered its evangelical essence. In the process, Catholicism developed intellectual tools capable of rescuing the imperiled modern project.
      A richly rendered, deeply learned, and powerfully argued account of two centuries of profound change in the church and the world, The Irony of Modern Catholic History reveals how Catholicism offers twenty-first century essential truths for our survival and flourishing.
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