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Monday, November 27, 2017
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In the first hour of today’s show Kerby chats with Dwight Longenecker, Catholic priest, award winning blogger, and freelance writer. He discusses his book, Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men.

In the second hour we hear from author Dr. Douglas Groothuis, he tells us more about his book, Walking Through Twilight: A Wife’s Illness–A Philosopher’s Lament.

Kerby Anderson
Kerby Anderson
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Kerby Anderson is host of Point of View Radio Talk Show and also serves as the President of Probe Ministries. He holds masters degrees from Yale University (science) and Georgetown University (government). He also serves as a visiting professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and has spoken on dozens of university campuses including University of Michigan, Vanderbilt University, Princeton University, Johns HopkinsRead More

Father Dwight Longenecker
Priest | Blogger | Author
Dwight Longenecker is a Catholic priest, award winning blogger, and freelance writer. A graduate of Oxford and Bob Jones University, he has written sixteen books on different aspects of religion. Longenecker is a highly sought-after speaker for scholarly and Men’s Conference events, and often leads parish missions, retreats, and diocesan events. He and his wife, Allison, have four children. Longenecker serves as pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, South Carolina.
Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men
Modern biblical scholars tend to dismiss the Christmas story of the “wise men from the East” as pious legend. Matthew’s gospel offers few details, but imaginative Christians filled out the story early on, giving us the three kings guided by a magical star who join the adoring shepherds in every Christmas crèche.

For many scholars, then, there is no reason to take the gospel story seriously.
But are they right? Are the wise men no more than a poetic fancy?

In an astonishing feat of detective work, Dwight Longenecker makes a powerful case that the visit of the Magi to Bethlehem really happened. Piecing together the evidence from biblical studies, history, archeology, and astronomy, he goes further, uncovering where they came from, why they came, and what might have happened to them after eluding the murderous King Herod.
Dr. Douglas Groothuis
Dr. Douglas Groothuis is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Evangelical Philosophical Society, and Society of Christian Philosophers. Dr. Groothuis received a PhD and a BS from the University of Oregon, and an MA in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has served as adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University, visiting instructor in apologetics for Westminster Theological Seminary, and instructor at the University of Oregon . He is the author of Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Christian Faith, Unmasking the New Age, Confronting the New Age, Revealing the New Age Jesus, Christianity That Counts, Deceived by the Light, Jesus in an Age of Controversy, The Soul in Cyberspace, Truth Decay, On Pascal, and On Jesus. He has written for scholarly journals such as Religious Studies, Sophia, Research in Philosophy and Technology, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Philosophia Christi, Trinity Journal, and Asbury Theological Journal as well as for numerous popular magazines such as Christianity Today, Moody Magazine, The Christian Research Journal, Christian Counseling Today, Modern Reformation and Perspectives. He has also written editorials for a variety of newspapers.
Walking Through Twilight: A Wife's Illness--A Philosopher's Lament
How do you continue to find God as dementia pulls your loved one into the darkness? Nothing is simple for a person suffering from dementia, and for those they love. When ordinary tasks of communication, such as using a phone, become complex, then difficult, and then impossible, isolation becomes inevitable. Helping becomes excruciating. In these pages philosopher Douglas Groothuis offers a window into his experience of caring for his wife as a rare form of dementia ravages her once-brilliant mind and eliminates her once-stellar verbal acuity. Mixing personal narrative with spiritual insight, he captures moments of lament as well as philosophical and theological reflection. Brief interludes provide poignant pictures of life inside the Groothuis household, and we meet a parade of caregivers, including a very skilled companion dog. Losses for both Doug and Becky come daily, and his questions for God multiply as he navigates the descending darkness. Here is a frank exploration of how one continues to find God in the twilight.
Sex Scandals Today
I’m trying to imagine what the world would have been like if the Salem witch trials had been on the right track.

Impossible to imagine? Sure, for two reasons. First, we’ve got the facts securely in hand now. The accused “witches” of early Massachusetts were no such thing, for there is no such thing. Present-day Wicca is nothing like their supposed practices.

And a second reason we can’t imagine any truth to witch-hunt hysteria is because we can’t envision so many people being so bad. Europeans tried some 100,000 alleged witches in the early modern period. Could evil that horrible really be so widespread? It seems unlikely.

Not a Witch-Hunt

Or it seemed unlikely, that is, until Harvey Weinstein’s downfall opened a torrent of sexual misconduct accusations. Now nearly 50 prominent men have been accused. Their numbers are rising at pace that shows no signs of letting up. The parallels with witch trials are striking. Except no one is calling it a witch-hunt.

The difference, of course, is that sexual harassment and violence are both real and wrong, unlike Salem witchcraft. The charges are supported by credible testimony, too. I seriously doubt they’re all correct, but the great majority seem credible and are probably true.



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