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Kresta in the Afternoon – April 20, 2018 – Hour 1

+  Fun Facts about Catholic History

  • Description: Think you really know Church History? Think Again! The Catholic Church is the longest-standing and the most universal of all institutions. The contributions made by Catholic men and women over the past 2000 years are most impressive, from a properly functioning calendar to the inventions of many things that we all take for granted today. Fr David Meconi joins us with some more fun facts about Church history.
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    • Fr. David Meconi
      Fr David Meconi is an Associate Professor of Theology at St Louis University, where he directs the Catholic Studies Center. He's the author of 101 Surprising Facts about Church History and the co-author with Carl Olson of Called to be Children of God.
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    • 101 Surprising Facts About Church History

      Think you really know Church History? Think Again The Catholic Church is the longest-standing and the most universal of all institutions. The contributions made by Catholic men and women over the past 2000 years are most impressive, from a properly functioning calendar to the inventions of many things that we all take for granted today. In 101 Surprising Facts About Church History, Fr. Meconi, SJ walks readers through the most amazing achievements of Christ's Body on earth. From economic and mercantile developments to scientific and astronomical advances, from the cataloging of zoological and botanical species to the cherishing of beautiful music and fine arts, Fr. Meconi shows you why the Catholic Church stands as the greatest promoter of human culture and knowledge. (learn more)

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+  The Apostolic Exhortation (2 segments)

  • Description: Pope Francis has recently given us Gaudete et Exsultate, an outstanding look at the meaning of holiness. We’ll go through the Exhortation, taking a look at what it means to “Rejoice and be glad” and live lives of holiness in today’s world.
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Kresta in the Afternoon – April 20, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Facebook continues to censor "Islamophobia"

  • Description: We've talked in the past with Robert Spencer about Facebook's censoring of his Jihad Watch posts, claiming that they are Islamophobic. The issue was not addressed directly during Mark Zuckerberg's Senate hearing last week, but Zuckerberg did admit that Facebook employees of Silicon Valley tend to lean much further left than many Facebook users. Robert joins us with the latest and at a look at a Muslim leader's advice to the EU regarding Islam.
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    • Robert Spencer
      Robert is the author of several books, most recently Confessions of an Islamaphobe. He's the director of Jihad Watch and has led seminars on Islam and Jihad for the FBI, US Army Command and several other agencies. He's a weekly columnist for PJ Media and Frontpage Magazine. Visit jihadwatch.org.
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    • Confessions of an Islamophobe

      While the United States, and indeed most of the Western world, fights an active war against Islamic terrorism, we remain in deep denial about who truly is the enemy. Elites across North America and Europe fight to silence those who argue, compellingly, that the roots of terrorism are within Islam itself which has evolved into far more than a religion—it is a radical and dangerous political ideology which consciously, if often tacitly, places itself in opposition to democracy and basic human rights. Robert Spencer, one of the world’s foremost critical scholars of Islam, has been labeled Public Enemy #1 by those who apologize for Islam and its violent excesses. He has been called a propagandist, a racist, and an “Islamophobe”—a term that he willingly embraces in this provocative and important book. There needs to be a thoroughgoing and honest public discussion of the acceptable parameters of criticism of Islam in light of genuine interests not only of national security but of civilizational survival. Our lives, quite literally, could depend on it, as could those of our children and our children’s children. Confessions of an Islamophobe is an attempt to begin that discussion. (learn more)

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    • The Complete Infidel's Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies) (Complete Infidel's Guides)

      From Robert Spencer, the New York Times bestselling author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islamand The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS, comes a bold defense of freedom of speech—the single most valuable freedom humanity has, a freedom now endangered world-wide. (learn more)

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    • Is Islam a Religion of Peace? (2 Disk DVD Set)

      A RARE MOMENT IN CATHOLIC-MUSLIM RELATIONS Is Islam a religion of Peace? Is democracy a heresy? Is religious liberty possible within Islam? These were the questions asked during this respectful but no holds barred debate between Catholics and Muslims on August 10th, 2013 at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan sponsored by Ave Maria Communications. Before a crowd of 600, Robert Spencer of jihadwatch.org and Richard Thompson of the Thomas More Law Center, faced off in a debate with Shadid Lewis of the Muslim Debate Initiative representing traditional Islam and Mustafa Akyol, author of Islam Without Extremes claiming that Islam is compatible with Western liberties. The debate was moderated by Ave Maria's Al Kresta. Other speakers rounded out the discussion with related topics.   (learn more)

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+  Paul’s Witness from Jail (2 segments)

  • Description: A lot of attention has been paid to Jim Caviezel’s Paul: Apostle of Christ. We’ll talk with Fr. Richard Cassidy, a Pauline scholar, about Paul’s experiences in prison and what the film does – and doesn’t – get right.
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    • Fr. Richard Cassidy
      Fr. Richard J. Cassidy serves as Professor of Sacred Scripture. He is an ordained priest of the Detroit Archdiocese. He holds graduate degrees from the Gregorian University, the University of Michigan, and the Graduate Theological Union. For decades, Fr. Cassidy has been an active member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America. Since 2004 he has been an elected member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. At present he is completing a commentary on St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians.
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    • Paul in Chains: Roman Imprisonment and the Letters of St. Paul

      Richard J. Cassidy sheds new light on this relation between the earliest Christians and Roman authorities. Cassidy successfully challenges the assumption that Paul had a single view of secular power by showing how St. Paul's chains and his imprisonment influenced him over time to change his views about Roman rule. (learn more)

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    • Paul: A Biography

      In this definitive biography, renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright offers a radical look at the apostle Paul, illuminating the humanity and remarkable achievements of this intellectual who invented Christian theology—transforming a faith and changing the world. For centuries, Paul, the apostle who "saw the light on the Road to Damascus" and made a miraculous conversion from zealous Pharisee persecutor to devoted follower of Christ, has been one of the church’s most widely cited saints. While his influence on Christianity has been profound, N. T. Wright argues that Bible scholars and pastors have focused so much attention on Paul’s letters and theology that they have too often overlooked the essence of the man’s life and the extreme unlikelihood of what he achieved. To Wright, "The problem is that Paul is central to any understanding of earliest Christianity, yet Paul was a Jew; for many generations Christians of all kinds have struggled to put this together." Wright contends that our knowledge of Paul and appreciation for his legacy cannot be complete without an understanding of his Jewish heritage. Giving us a thoughtful, in-depth exploration of the human and intellectual drama that shaped Paul, Wright provides greater clarity of the apostle’s writings, thoughts, and ideas and helps us see them in a fresh, innovative way. Paul is a compelling modern biography that reveals the apostle’s greater role in Christian history—as an inventor of new paradigms for how we understand Jesus and what he accomplished—and celebrates his stature as one of the most effective and influential intellectuals in human history. (learn more)

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Food for the Journey – April 20, 2018

  • Description: Sister Ann Shields believes there is a major disconnect in the lives of many Catholics: a separation between God's word and its application to our personal/daily lives.

Christian Classics – April 20, 2018: Self Abandonment to Divine Providence

  • Description: Readings from timeless Christian literature and writings of the saints and doctors of the Church.
  • Series Details: This program is part 4 of a 25-part series titled Self Abandonment to Divine Providence.

Fire on the Earth – April 20, 2018: What We Have Seen and Heard

  • Description: The religious leaders, including the High Priest and his family, warn Peter not to speak about Jesus. How did Peter respond?

Kresta in the Afternoon – April 19, 2018 – Hour 1

+  What do we know about the life of St. Paul? (full hour)

  • Description: For centuries, Paul, the apostle who “saw the light on the Road to Damascus” and changed dramatically from zealous Pharisee persecutor to devoted follower of Jesus, has been one of the church’s most widely cited early teachers. Yet for leading New Testament scholar and Anglican bishop N. T. Wright, most Bible scholars and pastors have not fully grasped what Paul was actually doing and why.
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    • Dr. N.T. Wright
      NT Wright is the author of many books, most recently Paul: A Biography. He is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. He is now serving as the Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. For twenty years he taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities.
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    • Paul: A Biography

      In this definitive biography, renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright offers a radical look at the apostle Paul, illuminating the humanity and remarkable achievements of this intellectual who invented Christian theology—transforming a faith and changing the world. For centuries, Paul, the apostle who "saw the light on the Road to Damascus" and made a miraculous conversion from zealous Pharisee persecutor to devoted follower of Christ, has been one of the church’s most widely cited saints. While his influence on Christianity has been profound, N. T. Wright argues that Bible scholars and pastors have focused so much attention on Paul’s letters and theology that they have too often overlooked the essence of the man’s life and the extreme unlikelihood of what he achieved. To Wright, "The problem is that Paul is central to any understanding of earliest Christianity, yet Paul was a Jew; for many generations Christians of all kinds have struggled to put this together." Wright contends that our knowledge of Paul and appreciation for his legacy cannot be complete without an understanding of his Jewish heritage. Giving us a thoughtful, in-depth exploration of the human and intellectual drama that shaped Paul, Wright provides greater clarity of the apostle’s writings, thoughts, and ideas and helps us see them in a fresh, innovative way. Paul is a compelling modern biography that reveals the apostle’s greater role in Christian history—as an inventor of new paradigms for how we understand Jesus and what he accomplished—and celebrates his stature as one of the most effective and influential intellectuals in human history. (learn more)

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Kresta in the Afternoon – April 19, 2018 – Hour 2

+  The Christian Response to Persecution

  • Description: The Under Caesars Sword conference in Rome explored the various challenges Christians face around the world and how they respond to those challenges. It was led by Tim Shaw and Dan Philpott, who join us with an overview.
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    • Dan Philpott
      Daniel Philpott is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on religion and global politics, emphasizing reconciliation and religious freedom. Visit arcoftheuniverse.info.
      • Timothy Shah
        Tim Shah is the director for international research of the Religious Freedom Research Project at Georgetown's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. They helped host the Under Caesar's Sword Conference in Rome in 2015 and are the authors of Under Caesar's Sword: How Christians Respond to Persecution.
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      • Under Caesar's Sword: How Christians Respond to Persecution

        The global persecution of Christians is an urgent human rights issue that remains underreported. This volume presents the results of the first systematic global investigation into how Christians respond to persecution. World-class scholars of global Christianity present first-hand research from most of the sites of the harshest persecution as well as the West and Latin America. Their findings make clear the nature of persecution, the reasons for it, Christian responses to it - both non-violent and confrontational - and the effects of these responses. Motivating the volume is the hope that this knowledge will empower all who would exercise solidarity with the world's persecuted Christians and will offer the victims strategies for a more effective response. This book is written for anyone concerned about the persecution of Christians or more generally about the human right of religious freedom, including scholars, activists, political and religious leaders, and those who work for international organizations. (learn more)

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    +  Lessons from the Ashes of Waco (2 segments)

    • Description: Twenty-five years ago today, FBI tanks smashed into the ramshackle home of the Branch Davidians outside Waco, Texas. After the FBI collapsed much of the building atop the residents, a fire erupted and 76 corpses were dug out of the rubble. Unfortunately, the American political system and media have never faced the lessons from that tragic 1993 day. James Tabor was there on that fateful day, and he was there again today. He joins us.
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      • Dr. James Tabor
        Dr. James Tabor is a professor of Christian Origins and Ancient Judaism at UNC-Charlotte. He’s the author of several books, including “Why Waco.” He and fellow scholar J Phillip Arnold worked with both the FBI and David Koresh during the 1993 Waco siege. Visit jamestabor.com and follow him on Twitter @jamesdtabor”
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      • Why Waco?: Cults and the Battle for Religious Freedom in America

        The 1993 government assault on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, resulted in the deaths of four federal agents and eighty Branch Davidians, including seventeen children. Whether these tragic deaths could have been avoided is still debatable, but what seems clear is that the events in Texas have broad implications for religious freedom in America. James Tabor and Eugene Gallagher's bold examination of the Waco story offers the first balanced account of the siege. They try to understand what really happened in Waco: What brought the Branch Davidians to Mount Carmel? Why did the government attack? How did the media affect events? The authors address the accusations of illegal weapons possession, strange sexual practices, and child abuse that were made against David Koresh and his followers. Without attempting to excuse such actions, they point out that the public has not heard the complete story and that many media reports were distorted. The authors have carefully studied the Davidian movement, analyzing the theology and biblical interpretation that were so central to the group's functioning. They also consider how two decades of intense activity against so-called cults have influenced public perceptions of unorthodox religions. In exploring our fear of unconventional religious groups and how such fear curtails our ability to tolerate religious differences, Why Waco? is an unsettling wake-up call. Using the events at Mount Carmel as a cautionary tale, the authors challenge all Americans, including government officials and media representatives, to closely examine our national commitment to religious freedom. (learn more)

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Fire on the Earth – April 19, 2018: Turning Up the Heat

  • Description: St. Peter speaks a hard word to the Jewish men and leaders who are gathered in the Temple. He speaks the truth in love and calls them to repent and to believe in Jesus. How did they respond?

Christian Classics – April 19, 2018: Self Abandonment to Divine Providence

  • Description: Readings from timeless Christian literature and writings of the saints and doctors of the Church.
  • Series Details: This program is part 3 of a 25-part series titled Self Abandonment to Divine Providence.

Food for the Journey – April 19, 2018

  • Description: Sister Ann Shields believes there is a major disconnect in the lives of many Catholics: a separation between God's word and its application to our personal/daily lives.