Talking about the "things that matter most" on June 24
4:00 – Why I
Don’t Call Myself a Gay Christian
Mattson is a Roman Catholic, living with a homosexual inclination and
committed to chastity. But he does not identify as “gay.” Rather, he says “I
live with same-sex attraction.” He refuses to identify as gay because the label
“gay” does not accurately describe who (or what) he is. More fundamentally, he
refuses to use that label because he desires to be faithful to the theological
anthropology of the Church. Dan joins us today.
4:40 – Islam Without Extremes?
From furious reactions to the cartoons
of Prophet Muhammad to the suppression of women, news from the Muslim world
begs the question: is Islam incompatible with freedom? With an eye sympathetic
to Western liberalism and Islamic theology, Mustafa
Akyol argues that the answer is “yes.” He joins us today.
5:00 - Origins of Economics: The
Scriptures and Early Church Fathers
In this segment we talk
about the treatment of material goods, wealth and poverty in the Scriptures and
the teachings of early Greek and Latin Fathers such as St John Chrysostom, St.
Basil of Caesarea and St Ambrose of Milan, and St. Augustine of Hippo. Dr. Edd Noell is here to provide
background and context by consideration of the economic institutions of the
5:20 – The Bad Catholic's Guide to the Catechism: A
Faithful, Fun-Loving Look at Catholic Dogmas, Doctrines, and Schmoctrines
Masquerading behind the guise of the
old-fashioned Catechism that generations of Catholic school kids in plaid
skirts or clip-on ties had to memorize, John
Zmirak provides a witty take on the teachings of the Catholic faith.
Objections from relativist, New Atheist, dissenting Catholic, and other points
of view are featured, with intellectually sound questions and bracingly funny
answers. Zmirak, who worked both in the mainstream, secular media as well as
for Catholic outlets, reveals the whole range of contemporary criticisms aimed
at the Church—and how to answer them in kind. Using both a rapier wit and the
strong left hook of a blue-collar kid from Queens, he defends the faith with
good humor and sincere respect at every turn while illustrating the difficulties
modern believers face. He joins us.
5:40 – Live the Fast
Since 1969 Andy LaVallee has been working in the bakery industry. He
has now founded Fasting Breads, which
brings his knowledge of top-end, highly-nutritious artisan breads and applies
them to the ancient practice of prayer and fasting. Andy consulted with
many people knowledgeable about the practices of a healthy fast and the
ingredients of a fasting bread and created breads and rolls for this endeavor
made with unbleached and untreated flour, with no additives and preservatives
and with a variety of flavorful, nourishing ingredients that will help one
maintain and finish a bread and water fast. Andy joins us.