Talking about the "things that matter most" on August 25
4:00 – After Qaddafi-- Insurgency, Democracy or Jihad?
Libyan Foreign Minister Abdul Ati al-Obeidi said yesterday morning, "It's over for Gadhafi…If I was in charge, I would tell them to lay down their arms.” By seizing most of Tripoli and fighting what's left of the pockets of resistance of Qaddafi forces, Libyan rebels have now almost dislodged the old regime and are expected to begin building their own government. Middle East expert Walid Phares says now one big question remains regarding the future: Insurgency, Democracy or Jihad?
4:20 – Why Politics Needs Religion: The Place of Religions Arguments in the Public Square
Can religion and politics mix? Many voices reply, "No way!" Yet Brendan Sweetman argues against this charge and the various sophisticated arguments that support it. As we witness the clash of religious and secular worldviews he claims that our pluralistic democratic society will be best served when the faith elements of secularism are acknowledged and the rational elements of religious arguments are allowed to inform the momentous debates taking place in the public square. In fact, Sweetman contends that "politics needs religion if it is to be truly democratic, concerned with fairness among worldviews, equality and a vigorous public discussion." He joins us.
5:00 – Discovering the Camino de Santiago: A Priest’s Journey to the Tomb of St. James
Fr. Greg Markey, a priest-pastor chronicles the month-long life and times of a pilgrim, in a delightful yet sober account, as he endures, and enjoys, the much-celebrated Camino de Santiago. This peaceful journey Web-free, phone-free, and TV-free generated an astonishing array of brief but meaty spiritual reflections. There was plenty of private time along the 500-mile trail for Fr. Markey, a 41-year-old pastor of St. Mary's in Norwalk, Connecticut. Mission: successful, but not without incident, and not without fruitful discussion with a wide variety of Christians struggling or lost in personal crises...reflecting upon great personal loss... re-discovering Christ as the Focus of their lives. Fr. Markey joins us to share his experience.
5:40 – The Federal Reserve to Meet Tomorrow / Gold / The Markets and More
Gold bounced back by as much as 1 percent on Tuesday after the previous session's steep correction, with investors wary of selling the precious metal ahead of news from tomorrow’s U.S. Federal Reserve meeting in Jackson Hole and as a rebound in equities faded. George Schwartz of Schwartz Investment Counsel Inc. and the Ave Maria Family of Funds is here to look at the Fed, gold, the markets and more.