Talking about the "things that matter most" on Sept. 20
4:00 – From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism
As we kick off a series on political history, the Christian foundation of politics, politics and media, and Christian political involvement, we look at a new history of the entrance of evangelical Christians into national American politics. Examining the key players of the “Religious Right” — Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, Chuck Colson, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, and many others — D. G. Hart argues that evangelicalism is (and always has been) a bad fit with classic political conservatism.
5:00 – Direct to My Desk - Matthew 12: 36 “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak”
If you spend any significant time reading news and blogs in the internet, you know that comment boxes can be a world of anonymous misinformation, vitriol, and reactionism – not to mention things being written that would never be said face-to-face. But do Catholics have a responsibility to represent Christ in such places? Is this a mission field for those with a special calling? And how has this phenomenon affected public discourse and a sense of public opinion? Al has a commentary on the world of online comment boxes.