SAINTS VS. SCOUNDRELS

Benjamin Wiker, Ph.D. presents the lives of some of the most influential and interesting figures from throughout history. Examine their lives, their impact and the difference it makes to accept God or reject Him.

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JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU VS ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO, PT. 1

Dr. Wiker welcomes the 18th century philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau to discuss his book Confessions. Unlike St. Augustine's book that bears the same name, Rousseau outlines his negative views of the Church and why society must free itself from it.

JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU VS ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO, PT. 2

Dr. Wiker invites 5th century Catholic Bishop Saint Augustine of Hippo as he explains man's need for God''s mercy and grace to free us from sin. He later engages in a heated debate with Rousseau over Christianity.

ST. THOMAS MORE VS. KING HENRY VIII, PT. 1

St. Thomas More confides in Dr. Benjamin Wiker what he would’ve said to King Henry VIII had he been given the chance to explain his reason for opposing the King’s decision to make himself the head of the Church. Part 1 of 2.

ST. THOMAS MORE VS. KING HENRY VIII, PT. 2

Dr. Benjamin Wiker moderates a heated debate between St. Thomas More and King Henry VIII as the saint continues to plead for the King to see sense, for the sake of their beloved country and his soul. Part 2 of 2.

FLANNERY O'CONNOR VS. AYN RAND, PT. 1

Southern Author and devout Catholic Flannery O’Connor reenacts a scene from her famous story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” with Dr. Benjamin Wiker to demonstrate how God uses imperfect people as mediums for His grace. Part 1 of 2.

FLANNERY O'CONNOR VS. AYN RAND, PT. 2

When Author and stalwart Atheist Ayn Rand joins Dr. Benjamin Wiker and Flannery O’Connor’s discussion, the two authors go head-to-head, and pull examples from their work to prove their own beliefs. Part 2 of 2.

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI VS. MACHIAVELLI, pt. 1

While discussing the Saint’s tumultuous youth and conversion, Dr. Benjamin Wiker and St. Francis of Assisi are interrupted by Political Theorist Niccolò Machiavelli, who wastes no time expressing his disdain for the Franciscan way of life. Part 1 of 2.

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI VS. MACHIAVELLI, pt. 2

Niccolò Machiavelli and St. Francis of Assisi’s discussion on religion, politics, and morality prompts the Political Theorist and Saint to bear witness a miracle. Part 2 of 2.

ST. TERESA BENEDICTA OF THE CROSS (EDITH STEIN) VS NIETZSCHE, pt. 1

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) discusses how a thirst for truth drove her to convert to Catholicism. Later on, she encounters atheist and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in a lively debate. Part 1 of 2.

ST. TERESA BENEDICTA OF THE CROSS (EDITH STEIN) VS NIETZSCHE, pt. 2

Friedrich Nietzsche and Edith Stein’s debate continues, culminating in a breaking point that leads St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross to proclaim that all need to make sacrifices and pray for sinners. Part 2 of 2.

BLESSED PAUL VI VS MARGARET SANGER PART 1

Blessed Pope Paul VI, Author of Humanae Vitae, and Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger engage in a discussion about family, poverty, and what truly drives Sanger’s mission. Part 1 of 2.

BLESSED PAUL VI VS MARGARET SANGER PART 2

As they continue their debate, Author of Humanae Vitae Blessed Pope Paul VI discovers what fuels Margaret Sanger’s hatred of Church teachings and why she truly founded Planned Parenthood. Part 2 of 2.

G.K. CHESTERTON VS. THOMAS HOBBES, pt. 1

To reveal the fatal flaws in Thomas Hobbes’ philosophy, G.K. Chesterton pretends to convert to his materialistic way of thinking and beat him at his own game. Part 2 of 2.

G.K. CHESTERTON VS. THOMAS HOBBES, pt. 2

Catholic Apologist G.K. Chesterton challenges Thomas Hobbes, the father of modern Materialism, to a friendly game of billiards that reveals their respective views on philosophy and human nature. Part 1 of 2.

ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE VS JOSEPH GOEBBELS PT. 1

When Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels interrupts St. Maxmilian Kolbe’s chess game with Dr. Benjamin Wiker, the saint reaches out to the man with a profound kindness that leaves Goebbels questioning his beliefs. Part 1 of 2.

ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE VS JOSEPH GOEBBELS PT. 2

When both saint and scoundrel are confronted with their fates, Maximilian Kolbe still chooses to trust Christ’s Divine Will, and embrace his suffering and eventual martyrdom. Part 2 of 2.

ST. JOAN OF ARC VS MAXIMILIEN ROBESPIERRE, PT. 1

In this clash of competing ideals, Robespierre offers a faithless vision of equality without rulers or kings, while Joan of Arc follows the will of God as her Lord and savior of the French people.

ST. JOAN OF ARC VS MAXIMILIEN ROBESPIERRE, PT. 2

As the confrontation between St. Joan of Arc and Robespierre reaches a climax, the true intentions behind their actions are revealed leaving no doubt who is saint and who is sinner.

SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS VS RENE DESCARTES , PT. 1

Part One. Thomas Aquinas and Rene Descartes compare philosophies and match wits over a game of chess. But one member of this historic pair is not being truthful about his intentions, which leads to an impromptu dousing.

SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS VS RENE DESCARTES , PT. 2

A remote control toy robot helps prove that materialism and idolatry go hand in hand in this concluding episode between Thomas Aquinas and Rene Descartes. Learn who is sincere in his Faith and who is the imposter.

C. S. LEWIS VS FRANCIS BACON, PT. 1

On a stormy night, C.S. Lewis encounters Francis Bacon, who proclaims his radical views on nature and science. Meanwhile, Lewis sees a demonic influence on these ideas of man over nature and man over all things.

C. S. LEWIS VS FRANCIS BACON, PT. 2

C.S. Lewis and Francis Bacon debate how the miracles of Christ differ from technology’s “miracles.” One believes paradise on Earth is obtainable, while the other believes we must be humble before God and His creation.

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