Talking about the “things that matter most” on July 15
4:00 – The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief
In the aftermath of World War II, the United States stood at a precipice. The forces of modernity unleashed by the war had led to astonishing advances in daily life, but technology and mass culture also threatened to erode the country’s traditional moral character. As award-winning historian George Marsden says, postwar Americans looked to the country’s secular, liberal elites for guidance in this precarious time, but these intellectuals proved unable to articulate a coherent common cause by which America could chart its course. Their failure lost them the faith of their constituents, paving the way for a Christian revival that offered America a firm new moral vision—one rooted in the Protestant values of the founders. George is here to show how America found new purpose at the dawn of the Cold War.
5:00 – The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning
So, you’ve decided to use Natural Family Planning. Has it blessed your marriage? Deepened your respect for your body? Has it made your sex life fantastic? Do you and your spouse hold hands at sunset, and do pink flowers grow around your marital bed? If so, this book is not for you. But if you’ve tried Natural Family Planning and have discovered that your life is now awful-or if you feel judged or judgey, or if you trust NFP but your doctor doesn’t, or if you’re just trying to figure out how the heck to have a sex life that is holy but still human-you’ll find comfort, encouragement, honesty, wit, and, most important, practical advice in The Sinner’s Guide to NFP. Popular Catholic writer Simcha Fisher shows what it’s really like to practice NFP, and how to achieve those fabled “marriage building” benefits. She joins us today.