Ken talks with Ryan Topping author of Rebuilding Catholic Culture: How the Catechism Can Shape Our Common Life (Sophia Institute Press) Rarely does a book come along that so succinctly explains the decline of modern culture, articulates a defense of the Church’s teachings, and offers a hope-filled path for building a civilization grounded in Catholic truth. In these pages, Dr. Ryan Topping does all three, pulling back the curtain on the false philosophies of the secularists and showing that in the West today the most formidable threat to freedom is not failing economies or Islam, but secularism. You can purchase Ryan’s book at: http://shop.sophiainstitute.com
We live in a moment of history where our society is facing a crisis of faith, where according to Pope Benedict XVI, “God is disappearing from the human horizon… with increasingly evident destructive effects” (Letter of March 10, 2009). Catholics are falling away. Youth in particular are questioning their faith. Newspaper headlines attack core Christian beliefs.
During this Year of Faith, it’s time to get equipped with Reasons to Believe so that you can share the truth of the Catholic faith in a charitable and convincing manner. You will learn…
– Arguments for God’s existence from philosophy, human experience and modern day miracles.
– How to respond to common objections from relativism, atheism and non-Christian religions.
– How to reconcile the Biblical account of Creation with modern discoveries of science such as the Big Bang and evolutionary biology.
– How to defend the reliability of Scripture, the Resurrection of Jesus, and the extraordinary claims of Christ to be Messiah and Son of God.
Tune in each week and get “prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet 3:15).
Ken talks with Mary Eberstadt about her two most recent books. In Adam and Eve after the Pill – Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution, Mary challenges widespread attitudes about the benefits of contraceptives and the sexual revolution – especially the impact on women. In her book The Loser Letters – A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism she challenges “the new atheists” in an effective humorous manner. This book has been compared favorably with C. S. Lewis’s famous The Screwtap Letters. Her books (both published by Ignatius Press) are available at http://www.ignatius.com/Products/AEAP-H/adam-and-eve-after-the-pill.aspx and http://www.ignatius.com/Products/LOSLET-P/the-loser-letters.aspx
Ken talks with Rebecca Vitz Cherico the editor of Atheist to Catholic: Stories of Conversion. This book is a collection of eleven conversion stories by former atheists who found their way to the Catholic Church. Each story is an improbably, amazing journey. Rebecca Vitz Cherico, a native New Yorker, received her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. in Spanish literature from New York University. She is a member of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation, and is an adjunct professor at Villanova University. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband, Colin, and their four children.