More 2 life – January 1, 2010

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    First Topic – SCOTUS Strikes Down Campaign Finance Restrictions: What is the Implication for Pro-Life Organizations and Those with Catholic Concerns?

    The Supreme Court struck down major provisions of campaign finance reform today. The court upheld disclosure requirements for corporations but struck down the distinction between individual expenditures and corporate ones. That should allow corporations and smaller entities to spend freely in support or opposition to candidates. We talk to Catholic attorney Bill Maurer about why Catholics, particularly because of their history of persecution and status as minorities and outsiders, should be skeptical of laws that limit the ability to speak about political issues.

    Second Topic – Kresta Comments – “Creation”

    A film that tells the “true story” of 19th-century naturalist Charles Darwin will finally be making its U.S. debut this weekend – nearly four months after its worldwide release. “Creation,” which stars Paul Bettany in the leading role, will be distributed in limited theaters through Newmarket Films, which picked up the movie just days after the its producer garnered media attention by suggesting that the film had not found a distributor due to the divide that exists in America over the theory of evolution. Based on the book "Annie's Box," written by Darwin's great-grandson Randal Keynes, “Creation” tells the story of Darwin and how the world-renowned scientist’s landmark work, “The Origin of Species,” came to light. Al has a commentary on Darwin.

    Third Topic – A Case for the Divinity of Jesus: Examining the Earliest Evidence

    Whether Jesus was really the Son of God or not is a central question for Christians--and one that has provoked heated debate since the time of Jesus' birth. Dean Overman examines the earliest Christian records to build a compelling case for the divinity of Jesus. Overman analyzes often-overlooked evidence from liturgies and letters written in the years immediately following Jesus' death--decades earlier than the Gnostic gospels or the New Testament gospels. Addressing questions raised by books such as Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus and Elaine Pagels' The Gnostic Gospels, Overman presents powerful evidence from the earliest Christian communities that will be new for many modern Christians and builds a carefully reasoned case for Jesus truly being the Son of God.

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