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BreakPoint This Week: A Giant Passes Away

John Stonestreet and Ed Stetzer explore the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and welcome Dr. Robert George to celebrate this legal giant.

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  • Justcie Antonin Scalia shaped American jurisprudence in a way few jurists have. Over the course of his nearly thirty years on the U.S. Supreme Court, he advanced a textualist, originalist reading of the Constitution that emphasized what its authors intended it to mean. It was a philosophy not all of his colleagues on the bench shared, as John Stonestreet points out with regard to Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
  • Scalia exemplified more than good legal thinking. He was also a man of remarkable character, loving his family (as his son describes in this moving tribute), and reaching across ideological lines to befriend people as people, regardless of their politics (as fellow Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recounts in recent remarks).
  • Our guest this week is Dr. Robert P. George, McCormick Chair of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, and recipient of the Colson Center's 2015 William Wilberforce Award. Dr. George knew Justice Scalia as a friend and fellow Catholic, and had a unique appreciation for the originalism he brought to the court. Writing in "Public Discourse," Dr. George discusses why that's important. Dr. George speculates what it could mean for the country if the President and the U.S. Senate fail to appoint a successor to the court who shares not only Scalia's judicial philosophy, but his remarkable faith and willingness to be "a fool for Christ."
  • Justice Scalia was willing that the world of secular intellectuals should consider him simple-minded for believing in God. This past week, we re-aired one of Chuck Colson's classic BreakPoint commentaries praising Justice Scalia's faith, and reminding us that "acceptance by a hostile culture isn't the goal for those who follow Christ."
  • The Grammy Awards came and went this week, prompting an annual discussion among Christians about how we engage pop culture without losing our souls. John Stonestreet and Ed Stetzer discuss what we can learn from this year's winners and performances. Writing at "Christianity Today," Czarina Ong explains why Christian artists like TobyMac were big winners.

"BreakPoint This Week" is hosted by John Stonestreet, President of the Colson Center, and Ed Stetzer, Executive Director of Lifeway Research.

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