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Radio Free Acton – Why You Think The Way You Do

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Radio Free Acton is back, this week featuring an interview with Dr. Glenn Sunshine. Dr. Sunshine is Chair of the History Department at Central Connecticut State University, and a Research Fellow at the Acton Institute. He’s also the author of a brand new book – available now at the Acton Bookshoppe – entitled Why You Think The Way You Do: The Story of Western Worldviews from Rome to Home. I had a chance recently to sit down with Dr. Sunshine and discuss his book, the importance of worldview, and some of the parallels between the declining Roman empire and modern society.

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Marc Vander Maas


  • What Dr. Sunshine says has to be heard over and over again, in order for the message to get through. An anecdote about combating the anti-natalist attitude: In each week’s liturgy, at the Antiochian Orthodox church I attend, there is a prayer “For Mothers of unborn children and for the children in their womb.” That church has many more young families with children. Unlike other churches I’ve attended, where toddlers seem to be the exception rather than the rule. Is there a connection between praying for mothers and their unborn children, and a relatively large population of young families with multiple children? I’d like to think so.