Thursday, November 25, 2010

Today on Kresta - November 25, 2010

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Nov. 25

4:00 – Jonathan Edwards: A Life
Although probably best known for his fire-and-brimstone sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," Jonathan Edwards led a rich intellectual and spiritual life that took him far beyond the pulpit in his contributions to colonial America. In this first critical biography in over 60 years, Marsden, a professor of history at Notre Dame, places Edwards squarely within the context of his times. Drawing on newly available sources in the Yale edition of The Works of Jonathan Edwards, he elegantly traces the details of Edwards's life, from his precocious childhood of observing God's handiwork in the natural world and his adolescent struggles with his faith to his powerful preaching in the revivals that dominated the Connecticut Valley in the First Great Awakening to his later modestly successful mission to the Indians. Biographer George Marsden is our guest.

5:00 – All About Thanksgiving
Did you know that Thanksgiving wasn’t an official American holiday until 1863 when Abraham Lincoln made a proclamation establishing Thanksgiving Day? A lot of people don’t know that. We are taught that it is a tradition passed down from our Pilgrim forefathers who celebrated a bountiful harvest with the Natives in the American Colonies. Of course, that IS where it started. But it wasn’t regularly practiced and there was not a holiday until a century or two after the original harvest feast that brought ALL Americans together for a day of celebration. This and  much much more about Thanksgiving and its Christian roots with Kevin Orlin Johnson.

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