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Eric Metaxas hosts Dennis Prager.

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Praise | Dennis Prager & Eric Metaxas | 5/4/18

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  • - FEMALE ANNOUNCER: TONIGHT ...
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  • - ERIC METAXAS: FOLKS, YOU'RE LISTENING TO THE ERIC
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  • METAXAS SHOW.
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  • THIS IS A SPECIAL EDITION.
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  • - FROM THE TBN STUDIOS IN NEW YORK CITY,
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  • ERIC METAXAS.
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  • - YOU CAN SEE ME.
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  • I CAN'T SEE YOU, BUT I KNOW YOU'RE WATCHING.
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  • - WITH GUEST DENNIS PRAGER HERE TO TALK ABOUT
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  • HIS NEW BOOK THE RATIONAL BIBLE, EXODUS.
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  • - DENNIS, THIS IS MONUMENTAL.
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  • YOU DO NOT WRITE THAT WELL.
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  • I'VE READ YOUR STUFF.
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  • THIS HAS TO BE GOD.
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  • - DENNIS PRAGER : I -- I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY.
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  • THIS IS MY LIFE'S MISSION TO BRING THE BIBLE INTO
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  • PEOPLE'S LIVES BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE, EVEN MANY
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  • BELIEVING PEOPLE REALLY DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT
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  • IT'S ABOUT.
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  • - RIGHT.
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  • - AND I DON'T BLAME THEM.
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  • IT HAS TO BE MADE RELEVANT.
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  • - AN ALL NEW PRAISE STARTS RIGHT NOW.
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  • [APPLAUSE]
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  • - ERIC METAXAS: WOW.
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  • THANK YOU.
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  • THANK YOU.
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  • THIS IS AMAZING.
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  • THANK YOU SO MUCH.
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  • FOLKS, HERE WE ARE IN THE TBN STUDIOS IN NEW YORK
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  • CITY. THIS IS THE ERIC METAXAS SHOW, THE ERIC
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  • METAXAS RADIO SHOW EXCEPT YOU CAN SEE ME.
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  • I CAN'T SEE YOU, BUT I KNOW YOU'RE WATCHING.
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  • WE ARE JUST THRILLED TO BE HERE.
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  • MY SPECIAL GUEST FOR THE HOUR AS CHARLIE ROSE USED
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  • TO SAY IS DENNIS PRAGER.
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  • DENNIS, WELCOME.
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  • WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A FUN HOUR TALKING ABOUT YOUR
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  • BOOK, THE RATIONAL BIBLE.
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  • DENNIS, WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.
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  • [APPLAUSE]
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  • - DENNIS PRAGER: THANK YOU.
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  • THANK YOU, EVERYBODY.
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  • THANK YOU.
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  • - DENNIS, I WANT TO -I WANT TO SAY, DENNIS, FOR
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  • THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW WHO YOU ARE, I WANT TO GET
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  • INTO YOUR STORY A LITTLE BIT.
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  • BUT YOU'VE BEEN KNOWN TO ME AS A LEGENDARY RADIO
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  • HOST FOR MANY MANY YEARS.
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  • YOU LIVE IN CALIFORNIA.
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  • YOU'RE JEWISH.
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  • YOU'RE TALL, AND YOU'VE WRITTEN A BOOK CALLED
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  • THE RATIONAL BIBLE, EXODUS, GOD'S SLAVERY
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  • AND FREEDOM.
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  • NOW, FIRST QUESTIONS FIRST, HOW CAN WE GET
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  • THIS LOVELY PRODUCT?
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  • - WELL, OF COURSE THE USUAL MEANS.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, IT'S GREAT TO BE WITH YOU.
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  • - THAT WAS A JOKE QUESTION.
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  • PLEASE. AMAZON IS THE ANSWER.
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  • [LAUGHTER]
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  • - NO, NO, NO.
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  • IT IS ACTUALLY AN APPROPRIATE QUESTION.
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  • - WHERE CAN WE GET THIS LOVELY PRODUCT?
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  • - AND THAT'S WHY I'M ANSWERING YOU.
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  • IN ADDITION TO THE USUAL BOOKSTORES AND OF COURSE
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  • AMAZON IS COSTCO, AND THE REASON I'M MENTIONING
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  • THAT IS THE JOY, AND IT IS AND I'LL EXPLAIN WHY
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  • IF YOU WANT, BUT THE JOY I HAVE KNOWING THAT A
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  • BIBLE COMMENTARY IS BEING SOLD AT COSTCO--
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  • - INCREDIBLE.
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  • - THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE FOR ME.
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  • - THAT'S BECAUSE THE JEWS CONTROL COMMERCE
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  • IN AMERICA.
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  • [LAUGHTER] - THAT IS --
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  • - IF A CHRISTIAN WROTE A BOOK
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  • LIKE THIS, YOU KNOW THERE IS NO WAY IT WOULD GET
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  • INTO COSTCO.
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  • - THAT'S SUCH A GOOD POINT.
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  • - YOU PEOPLE, ALL RIGHT -- - BY THE WAY, YOU
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  • KNOW, I ACTUALLY FEEL BAD BECAUSE I LOVE THIS SORT
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  • OF DARK HUMOR, BUT I AM SURE THAT THERE'S SOME
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  • CHRISTIANS WHO ARE LISTENING AND THINKING,
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  • OH MY GOD, DOES DENNIS TAKE THIS GUY SERIOUSLY?
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  • - LET'S MAKE THEM FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE.
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  • [LAUGHTER]
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  • - NO, NO, NO, BUT I'M TOTALLY WITH YOU.
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  • - WELL, SEE, I KNOW YOU.
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  • I LOVE YOU.
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  • WE'VE BECOME FRIENDS.
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  • WE'VE FALLEN OUT OF FRIENDSHIP.
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  • WE MADE UP.
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  • WE BECAME FRIENDS AGAIN.
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  • IT'S AN INCREDIBLE ROLLER COASTER RIDE BEING
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  • FRIENDS WITH YOU, AND SO I WANT MY AUDIENCE BEFORE
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  • WE GET TO THIS BOOK TO KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT
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  • BEFORE WE GET TO THAT, I WANT TO REITERATE WHAT
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  • YOU TOLD ME.
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  • I CANNOT -- THIS IS HUGE.
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  • AS AN AUTHOR, OKAY, THE SUCCESS OF THIS BOOK IN
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  • THE LAST TWO TO THREE WEEKS -IT'S PUBLISHED BY
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  • REGNERY, OKAY, AND THE SUCCESS OF THIS BOOK, NO
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  • JOKE, THIS SOUNDS LIKE AN INFOMERCIAL,
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  • THIS IS AMAZING.
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  • I'VE BEEN ON THE ROAD.
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  • I HAVEN'T BEEN PAYING ATTENTION TO THESE THINGS.
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  • THIS BOOK HAS BEEN KICKING IT.
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  • - THE BOOK IS ACTUALLY NUMBER ONE OR NUMBER TWO
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  • BEST SELLER IN THE UNITED STATES FOR A FEW WEEKS NOW.
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  • - BUT ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES.
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  • - WELL, WE HOPE -- [APPLAUSE]
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  • - THAT'S SO SAD.
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  • - IT IS.
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  • - I APOLOGIZE. I WOULDN'T HAVE BROUGHT IT UP.
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  • - ACTUALLY I HAVE TWO THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THAT.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE WRITTEN 8 OTHER BOOKS.
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  • I AM PROUD OF ALL OF THEM, THANK GOD, BUT THIS
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  • IS THE ONE IF I WOULD WANT TO BE A BEST SELLER,
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  • THIS IS THE ONE I WOULD WANT.
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  • THIS IS MY LIFE'S MISSION, TO BRING THE
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  • BIBLE INTO PEOPLE'S LIVES BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE, EVEN
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  • MANY BELIEVING PEOPLE REALLY DON'T UNDERSTAND
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  • WHAT IT'S ABOUT.
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  • AND I DON'T BLAME THEM.
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  • IT HAS TO BE MADE RELEVANT.
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  • AND THE OTHER THING IS ABOUT INTERNATIONAL -- DO
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  • YOU KNOW WHEN I WROTE THE BOOK, I HAD A
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  • READER IN MIND.
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  • AND I THINK, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU DO WHEN YOU WRITE
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  • YOUR BOOKS, BUT I HAVE THIS IMAGINARY READER.
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  • THE IMAGINARY READER OF THIS BOOK WAS SOMEONE IN
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  • CHINA WHO HAD NEVER LEFT CHINA.
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  • IN OTHER WORDS, SOMEONE WHO HAD NEVER HEARD OF
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  • CAIN AND ABEL OR FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES
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  • NEVER HEARD OF GOD OR THE BIBLE.
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  • - RIGHT.
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  • - I WANT TO MAKE IT SO CLEAR WHY THIS BOOK IS
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  • GREAT AND SHOULD SHAPE YOUR LIFE THAT EVEN IF
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  • YOU HAVE HAD NO ACCESS TO CHRISTIANITY OR JUDAISM
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  • OR ANYTHING IN THE WEST, IT WILL BE LIFE CHANGING.
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  • THAT'S MY GOAL.
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  • - THAT'S AMAZING.
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  • AND AGAIN THE TITLE IS THE RATIONAL BIBLE .
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  • SO THIS IS JUST WHAT, VOLUME ONE?
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  • - THAT'S RIGHT, VOLUME ONE.
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  • THIS IS JUST EXODUS.
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  • - THIS IS JUST EXODUS.
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  • - I STARTED WITH THE SECOND BOOK OF THE BIBLE.
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  • I'M GOING TO DO THE FIRST FIVE BOOKS KNOWN AS THE
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  • TORAH TO JEWS AND KNOWN AS THE TORAH TO NON-JEWS
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  • FOR THAT MATTER, BUT THAT'S WHAT IT'S ABOUT.
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  • - OKAY.
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  • SO YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC READER IN MIND WHEN YOU'RE --
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  • - YES.
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  • - I DO TOO, BUT I'M EMBARRASSED TO SAY
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  • IT'S VINCENT PRICE.
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  • [LAUGHTER]
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  • I DON'T KNOW WHY BUT I'M ALWAYS WRITING TO VINNY.
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  • ALL RIGHT.
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  • SO LET'S GET TO YOUR STORY.
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  • BEFORE YOU WERE A FAMOUS TALK SHOW HOST AND
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  • AUTHOR, YOU WERE LITTLE DENNIS PRAGER
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  • GROWING UP WHERE?
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  • - I GREW UP HERE IN NEW YORK CITY IN FACT, IN
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  • BROOKLYN, AND I GREW UP -- [APPLAUSE]
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  • - OH.
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  • HEY, YOU KNOW WE'RE IN MANHATTAN TO CALM DOWN.
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  • [LAUGHTER]
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  • - BUT I GREW UP -- NOT BUT.
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  • AND I GREW UP IN A SORT OF SHELL, IN A
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  • CULTURAL SHELL.
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  • I GREW UP AN ORTHODOX JEW.
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  • I WENT TO ORTHODOX JEWISH SCHOOLS KNOWN AS YESHIVAS
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  • UNTIL I WAS 18 YEARS OF AGE, AND I WENT TO
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  • ORTHODOX JEWISH SYNAGOGUE.
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  • MY WORLD WAS QUITE CONFINED AS IT CAN BE IN
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  • NEW YORK CITY.
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  • I MEAN, IF YOU'RE AN ORTHODOX JEW IN IOWA IT CAN'T BE,
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  • BUT IN NEW YORK CITY IT CAN BE.
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  • BUT MY MIND WAS ALWAYS EVERYWHERE.
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  • I WANTED TO VISIT EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, AND
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  • I'VE GOTTEN TO 130.
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  • THAT'S A VERY SERIOUS THING IN MY LIFE, TRAVEL.
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  • - 130.
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  • - 130 COUNTRIES.
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  • - THAT'S AMAZING.
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  • - YES.
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  • I AGREE WITH YOU.
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  • IT'S THE ONLY THING I EVER BRAG ABOUT,
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  • BY THE WAY.
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  • - WHAT'S REALLY WEIRD IS I
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  • KNOW FOR A FACT THERE'S ONLY 122 COUNTRIES.
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  • [LAUGHTER]
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  • - YES. WELL --
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  • - NO, THERE'S LIKE 280 SOMETHING.
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  • - NO, LIKE 210.
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  • IT DEPENDS HOW YOU COUNT, UNITED NATIONS MEMBERS,
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  • THERE ARE ALL DIFFERENT WAYS OF COUNTING.
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  • BUT ANYWAY, I HAVE LIVED OUT I HAVE TO SAY -- PEOPLE
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  • SAY TO ME OFTEN, GOD BLESS YOU, AND MY
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  • STANDARD RESPONSE IS, HE HAS.
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  • I HAVE BEEN BLESSED.
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  • I HAVE BEEN BLESSED TO LIVE BASICALLY ALL MY
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  • YOUTH DREAMS, AND THIS IS ONE OF THEM, TO BRING THE
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  • TORAH TO THE WORLD.
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  • WHEN I BEGAN TEACHING THIS VERSE BY VERSE
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  • BECAUSE I KNOW BIBLICAL HEBREW VERY WELL, SO I
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  • TAUGHT IT VERSE BY VERSE.
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  • - AND YOU LEARNED IT IN THE YESHIVA.
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  • - THAT'S RIGHT, IN YESHIVA, AND I CONTINUED
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  • SO I REALLY KNOW, FOR EXAMPLE, BIBLICAL GRAMMAR
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  • WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT IN TRYING TO MAKE A LOT
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  • OF THE POINTS THAT I HAVE.
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  • YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE SOURCE, I THINK, TO
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  • ULTIMATELY WRITE A POWERFUL COMMENTARY.
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  • BUT IN ANY EVENT, I HAD THIS DREAM, AND I SAID TO
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  • MY AUDIENCES, OR THE ADULT STUDENTS I TAUGHT
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  • THIS TO FOR 18 YEARS VERSE BY VERSE, I SAID,
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  • THE IDEA THAT THE TORAH IS ONLY RELEVANT TO THE
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  • JEWS IS LIKE SHAKESPEARE IS ONLY RELEVANT TO THE
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  • ENGLISH, OR BEETHOVEN IS ONLY RELEVANT
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  • TO THE GERMANS.
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  • IT'S AN IDIOCY.
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  • ITS EITHER RELEVANT TO EVERYBODY OR IT'S NOT
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  • RELEVANT TO JEWS, AND I KNOW IT'S RELEVANT TO
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  • EVERYBODY, AND HALF MY CLASSES AT A JEWISH
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  • UNIVERSITY WERE NON-JEWS.
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  • SO I REALIZED THAT MY THEORY WAS WORKING, AND
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  • THAT IT'S RELEVANT TO EVERYONE INCLUDING
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  • THE ATHEIST.
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  • THERE ARE PEOPLE ON AMAZON WHO HAVE WRITTEN--
  • 00:07:51.080 --> 00:07:53.120
  • SOMEBODY WROTE, AND THIS IS MY FAVORITE SINGLE
  • 00:07:53.140 --> 00:07:55.130
  • REVIEW, A WOMAN WROTE, THIS GIVES INTELLIGENT
  • 00:07:55.150 --> 00:07:58.290
  • PEOPLE PERMISSION TO BELIEVE.
  • 00:07:59.010 --> 00:08:01.120
  • THAT IS MY FAVORITE STATEMENT ABOUT THE
  • 00:08:01.140 --> 00:08:04.060
  • BOOK THUS FAR.
  • 00:08:04.080 --> 00:08:05.200
  • - WOW.
  • 00:08:05.220 --> 00:08:06.160
  • THAT'S FANTASTIC.
  • 00:08:06.180 --> 00:08:07.190
  • - WELL, THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO DO.
  • 00:08:07.210 --> 00:08:08.260
  • THAT'S WHY IT'S CALLED THE RATIONAL BIBLE.
  • 00:08:08.280 --> 00:08:09.250
  • I ONLY USE REASON.
  • 00:08:09.270 --> 00:08:11.020
  • - WELL, THE RATIONAL BIBLE IS A LITTLE BIT
  • 00:08:11.040 --> 00:08:12.230
  • LIKE COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATISM.
  • 00:08:12.250 --> 00:08:14.010
  • A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD THINK LIKE WELL, WE DON'T
  • 00:08:14.030 --> 00:08:15.140
  • NEED TO SAY THAT.
  • 00:08:15.160 --> 00:08:16.230
  • THE BIBLE IS RATIONAL, BUT YOU SAID IT BECAUSE
  • 00:08:16.250 --> 00:08:18.250
  • IT NEEDS SAYING.
  • 00:08:18.270 --> 00:08:20.020
  • - IT DOES NEED -- - BECAUSE, PEOPLE, THE BIBLE
  • 00:08:20.040 --> 00:08:21.140
  • HAS A BAD RAP.
  • 00:08:21.160 --> 00:08:23.190
  • - WELL, IT'S NOT EVEN A BAD RAP.
  • 00:08:23.210 --> 00:08:24.290
  • A LOT OF PEOPLE OF FAITH RELY ON FAITH.
  • 00:08:25.010 --> 00:08:26.280
  • OH, BECAUSE IT SAYS IT IN THE BIBLE.
  • 00:08:27.000 --> 00:08:28.210
  • IT'S A TOTOLOGY, BUT WHY DOES THE BIBLE SAY THAT?
  • 00:08:28.230 --> 00:08:31.270
  • CAN I GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE?
  • 00:08:31.290 --> 00:08:34.000
  • - I DON'T KNOW. CAN YOU?
  • 00:08:34.020 --> 00:08:35.020
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • 00:08:35.040 --> 00:08:36.090
  • - THAT WAS GOOD!
  • 00:08:36.110 --> 00:08:37.050
  • - COME ON. COME ON.
  • 00:08:37.070 --> 00:08:38.000
  • GO AHEAD.
  • 00:08:38.020 --> 00:08:38.210
  • GO AHEAD.
  • 00:08:38.230 --> 00:08:39.120
  • - ALL RIGHT.
  • 00:08:39.140 --> 00:08:40.140
  • SO REALLY, MAY I GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE?
  • 00:08:40.160 --> 00:08:42.000
  • - PLEASE DO.
  • 00:08:42.020 --> 00:08:43.000
  • - THERE'S NO QUESTION I CAN.
  • 00:08:43.020 --> 00:08:45.210
  • - PLEASE DO, MY FRIEND.
  • 00:08:45.230 --> 00:08:46.170
  • - OKAY. ALL RIGHT.
  • 00:08:46.190 --> 00:08:47.110
  • - PLEASE.
  • 00:08:47.130 --> 00:08:48.070
  • - OKAY.
  • 00:08:48.090 --> 00:08:49.140
  • SO HERE'S AN OBSCURE LAW WHICH PEOPLE WHO DON'T
  • 00:08:49.160 --> 00:08:50.220
  • LIKE THE BIBLE, AND THERE ARE MANY OF THEM, WILL
  • 00:08:50.240 --> 00:08:52.100
  • USE AS AN EXAMPLE.
  • 00:08:52.120 --> 00:08:53.220
  • IF YOU HAVE A WAYWARD SON, YOU BRING HIM -OR
  • 00:08:53.240 --> 00:08:57.230
  • TRULY BAD SON, YOU BRING HIM TO THE ELDERS, AND
  • 00:08:57.250 --> 00:09:00.100
  • THEN FOUND GUILTY, THEY WILL STONE HIM.
  • 00:09:00.120 --> 00:09:03.170
  • - RIGHT.
  • 00:09:03.190 --> 00:09:04.230
  • - I MAKE THE POINT WHICH IS RATIONAL AND CORRECT,
  • 00:09:04.250 --> 00:09:08.140
  • THIS ENDED THE UNIVERSAL PRACTICE OF PARENTS BEING
  • 00:09:08.160 --> 00:09:12.290
  • ALLOWED TO KILL THEIR CHILDREN.
  • 00:09:13.010 --> 00:09:15.000
  • THIS IS NOT ONLY NOT PRIMITIVE,
  • 00:09:15.020 --> 00:09:17.220
  • IT WAS ONE OF THE GREAT MORAL ADVANCES
  • 00:09:17.240 --> 00:09:19.210
  • IN HISTORY.
  • 00:09:19.230 --> 00:09:20.240
  • IT WAS 3.000 YEARS AGO.
  • 00:09:20.260 --> 00:09:23.020
  • YOU CAN'T KILL YOUR CHILD.
  • 00:09:23.040 --> 00:09:25.130
  • - WOW.
  • 00:09:25.150 --> 00:09:27.140
  • - ANNOUNCER: TONIGHT ON PRAISE, NEW YORK TIMES
  • 00:09:27.160 --> 00:09:29.290
  • BEST-SELLING AUTHOR ERIC METAXAS.
  • 00:09:30.010 --> 00:09:32.140
  • HAVING PENNED DOZENS OF ACCLAIMED BOOKS, HE ALSO
  • 00:09:32.160 --> 00:09:35.240
  • HOSTS THE ERIC METAXAS SHOW, A NATIONALLY
  • 00:09:35.260 --> 00:09:38.010
  • SYNDICATED RADIO PROGRAM HEARD IN MORE THAN 120
  • 00:09:38.030 --> 00:09:40.090
  • CITIES IN THE US.
  • 00:09:40.120 --> 00:09:42.150
  • ERIC IS A REGULAR SPEAKER TO CROWDS OF THOUSANDS
  • 00:09:42.170 --> 00:09:45.070
  • AROUND THE WORLD EACH YEAR.
  • 00:09:45.090 --> 00:09:46.290
  • IN 2012, HE HAD THE HONOR OF BEING THE
  • 00:09:47.010 --> 00:09:49.230
  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST
  • 00:09:49.250 --> 00:09:51.240
  • IN WASHINGTON DC.
  • 00:09:51.260 --> 00:09:53.200
  • ABC NEWS HAS CALLED METAXAS A PHOTOGENIC WITTY
  • 00:09:53.220 --> 00:09:56.080
  • AMBASSADOR FOR FAITH IN MAINSTREAM LIFE.
  • 00:09:56.100 --> 00:09:59.020
  • A WELL-RESPECTED INTELLECTUAL IN BOTH
  • 00:09:59.040 --> 00:10:01.110
  • CHRISTIAN AND SECULAR SPHERES.
  • 00:10:01.130 --> 00:10:03.100
  • ERIC'S WALL STREET JOURNAL OP-ED SCIENCE
  • 00:10:03.120 --> 00:10:05.230
  • INCREASINGLY MAKES THE CASE FOR GOD IS
  • 00:10:05.250 --> 00:10:08.090
  • UNOFFICIALLY THE MOST POPULAR AND SHARED PIECE
  • 00:10:08.110 --> 00:10:10.160
  • IN THE HISTORY OF THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.
  • 00:10:10.180 --> 00:10:12.270
  • METAXAS HAS BEEN FEATURED AS A CULTURAL COMMENTATOR
  • 00:10:12.290 --> 00:10:15.060
  • ON CNN, MS NBC, AND THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL AND
  • 00:10:15.080 --> 00:10:18.190
  • HAS DISCUSSED HIS OWN BOOKS ON THE HISTORY
  • 00:10:18.210 --> 00:10:21.130
  • CHANNEL, CSPAN'S BOOK TV,
  • 00:10:21.150 --> 00:10:23.060
  • GLENN BECK, HUCKABEE, AND RED EYE.
  • 00:10:23.080 --> 00:10:26.180
  • DENNIS PRAGER HAS BEEN CALLED AN AMAZINGLY
  • 00:10:26.200 --> 00:10:29.220
  • GIFTED MAN AND MORALIST WHOSE MISSION IN LIFE HAS
  • 00:10:29.240 --> 00:10:31.260
  • BEEN CRYSTALLIZED TO GET PEOPLE OBSESSED WITH WHAT
  • 00:10:31.280 --> 00:10:35.020
  • IS RIGHT AND WRONG AND ONE OF AMERICA'S FIVE
  • 00:10:35.040 --> 00:10:38.040
  • BEST SPEAKERS.
  • 00:10:38.060 --> 00:10:39.130
  • DENNIS PRAGER IS ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST RESPECTED
  • 00:10:39.150 --> 00:10:41.190
  • RADIO TALK SHOW HOSTS.
  • 00:10:41.210 --> 00:10:43.090
  • HE HAS BEEN BROADCASTING ON THE RADIO IN
  • 00:10:43.110 --> 00:10:45.140
  • LOS ANGELES SINCE 1982.
  • 00:10:45.160 --> 00:10:47.090
  • WILDLY SOUGHT AFTER BY TELEVISION SHOWS FOR HIS
  • 00:10:47.110 --> 00:10:50.050
  • OPINIONS, HE'S APPEARED ON FOX AND FRIENDS, RED
  • 00:10:50.070 --> 00:10:52.240
  • EYE, HARD BALL, HANNITY, CBS EVENING SHOWS, THE
  • 00:10:52.260 --> 00:10:55.170
  • TODAY SHOW, AND MANY OTHERS.
  • 00:10:55.190 --> 00:10:58.060
  • HE HAS AUTHORED NINE BOOKS AND WRITES A
  • 00:10:58.080 --> 00:11:00.100
  • SYNDICATED COLUMN, CREATOR'S SYNDICATE, THAT
  • 00:11:00.120 --> 00:11:03.050
  • IS PUBLISHED IN NEWSPAPERS ACROSS THE
  • 00:11:03.070 --> 00:11:04.250
  • COUNTRY AND ON THE INTERNET.
  • 00:11:04.270 --> 00:11:06.160
  • HE IS RENOWNED FOR HIS CONCISE AND COMPELLING
  • 00:11:06.180 --> 00:11:08.220
  • LECTURES GIVEN AROUND THE WORLD.
  • 00:11:08.240 --> 00:11:11.050
  • IN 2011, DENNIS CO-FOUNDED PRAGER
  • 00:11:11.070 --> 00:11:14.060
  • UNIVERSITY, AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER
  • 00:11:14.080 --> 00:11:16.160
  • LEARNING ON THE INTERNET WITH A UNIQUE DIFFERENCE.
  • 00:11:16.180 --> 00:11:18.230
  • ALL THE COURSES ARE FIVE MINUTES LONG.
  • 00:11:18.250 --> 00:11:21.200
  • THE COURSES DISTILL THE BEST IDEAS OF THE BEST
  • 00:11:21.220 --> 00:11:23.240
  • MINDS IN THE WORLD.
  • 00:11:23.260 --> 00:11:25.210
  • PRAGER UNIVERSITY HAS GARNERED HUNDREDS OF
  • 00:11:25.230 --> 00:11:27.240
  • MILLIONS OF VIEWS AND HAS BECOME ONE OF THE
  • 00:11:27.260 --> 00:11:30.130
  • FOREMOST CONSERVATIVE EDUCATIONAL MEDIA OUTLETS
  • 00:11:30.150 --> 00:11:32.270
  • ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
  • 00:11:32.290 --> 00:11:36.020
  • ERIC METAXAS AND DENNIS PRAGER COMING UP ON PRAISE.
  • 00:11:36.040 --> 00:11:41.150
  • - DENNIS, YOU HAVE A NEW BOOK OUT CALLED
  • 00:11:41.170 --> 00:11:43.220
  • THE RATIONAL BIBLE.
  • 00:11:43.240 --> 00:11:45.210
  • WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT, BUT I WANT TO FIND OUT --
  • 00:11:45.230 --> 00:11:46.260
  • I WANT TO GET YOUR STORY BECAUSE THERE'S SO
  • 00:11:46.280 --> 00:11:49.020
  • MANY PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW YOUR STORY.
  • 00:11:49.040 --> 00:11:50.100
  • WHEN YOU FIRST TOLD ME YOUR STORY, WE HAD DINNER
  • 00:11:50.120 --> 00:11:51.290
  • I GUESS SOME YEARS AGO, AND YOU TOLD ME THAT YOU
  • 00:11:52.010 --> 00:11:55.070
  • SPOKE RUSSIAN FLUENTLY, ALL KINDS OF THINGS.
  • 00:11:55.090 --> 00:11:58.220
  • SO I WANT TO GET TO THAT A LITTLE BIT.
  • 00:11:58.240 --> 00:11:59.280
  • SO YOU GREW UP IN BROOKLYN.
  • 00:12:00.020 --> 00:12:01.060
  • - RIGHT.
  • 00:12:01.080 --> 00:12:02.130
  • - AN ORTHODOX JEWISH COMMUNITY, SO PRETTY
  • 00:12:02.150 --> 00:12:04.230
  • RESTRICTED, CLOSED COMMUNITY.
  • 00:12:04.250 --> 00:12:06.190
  • - RIGHT.
  • 00:12:06.210 --> 00:12:07.210
  • AND THEN YOU WENT TO COLLEGE WHERE?
  • 00:12:07.230 --> 00:12:09.030
  • - BROOKLYN COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
  • 00:12:09.050 --> 00:12:11.050
  • ENGLAND, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY.
  • 00:12:11.070 --> 00:12:12.200
  • - AND COLUMBIA, OKAY.
  • 00:12:12.220 --> 00:12:13.290
  • AND THEN WHAT?
  • 00:12:14.010 --> 00:12:14.230
  • WHAT DID YOU STUDY THERE?
  • 00:12:14.250 --> 00:12:16.080
  • - I STUDIED INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, AND
  • 00:12:16.100 --> 00:12:18.040
  • IT TURNED OUT TO BE A BLESSING, ALSO A BLESSING
  • 00:12:18.060 --> 00:12:21.180
  • AS IT WERE, MY FIELD OF STUDY IN GRADUATE SCHOOL
  • 00:12:21.200 --> 00:12:25.010
  • WAS COMMUNIST AFFAIRS, THE SOVIET UNION IN
  • 00:12:25.030 --> 00:12:28.270
  • COMMUNIST COUNTRIES.
  • 00:12:28.290 --> 00:12:30.140
  • - AND WHY?
  • 00:12:30.160 --> 00:12:31.140
  • - WELL, IT WAS THE COLD WAR.
  • 00:12:31.160 --> 00:12:32.200
  • I WANTED TO UNDERSTAND THE ALTERNATIVE TO
  • 00:12:32.220 --> 00:12:35.140
  • WESTERN CIVILIZATION.
  • 00:12:35.160 --> 00:12:36.220
  • - THIS IS THE EARLY 70'S?
  • 00:12:36.240 --> 00:12:38.060
  • - THIS IS THE EARLY 70'S.
  • 00:12:38.080 --> 00:12:39.100
  • - OKAY.
  • 00:12:39.120 --> 00:12:40.100
  • SO THE COLD WAR IS STILL RAGING.
  • 00:12:40.120 --> 00:12:41.090
  • - YES.
  • 00:12:41.110 --> 00:12:42.140
  • - IF COLD WARS CAN RAGE.
  • 00:12:42.160 --> 00:12:43.130
  • - RIGHT.
  • 00:12:43.150 --> 00:12:45.010
  • - AND YOU WERE INTERESTED IN THAT.
  • 00:12:45.030 --> 00:12:46.210
  • - RIGHT.
  • 00:12:46.230 --> 00:12:47.290
  • SO I STARTED STUDYING RUSSIAN ODDLY ENOUGH WHEN
  • 00:12:48.010 --> 00:12:49.280
  • I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL.
  • 00:12:50.000 --> 00:12:51.050
  • I HAD A SELF TEACHING BOOK THAT I GOT FROM
  • 00:12:51.070 --> 00:12:54.270
  • RADIO MOSCOW.
  • 00:12:54.290 --> 00:12:56.020
  • THEY SENT IT TO ME FOR FREE.
  • 00:12:56.040 --> 00:12:58.000
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • 00:12:58.020 --> 00:12:58.260
  • - TRYING TO RECRUIT YOU.
  • 00:12:58.280 --> 00:13:00.050
  • - YES, EXACTLY RIGHT.
  • 00:13:00.070 --> 00:13:00.290
  • THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 00:13:01.010 --> 00:13:02.010
  • I REMEMBER THE DAY THAT I GOT IT.
  • 00:13:02.030 --> 00:13:04.180
  • YOU KNOW, CAN YOU IMAGINE THIS ORTHODOX JEWISH KID
  • 00:13:04.200 --> 00:13:06.240
  • IN BROOKLYN GETTING MAIL FROM THE SOVIET UNION.
  • 00:13:06.260 --> 00:13:09.090
  • I STARED, I STARED AT THE ENVELOPE WITH THESE
  • 00:13:09.110 --> 00:13:12.110
  • SOVIET STAMPS.
  • 00:13:12.130 --> 00:13:13.210
  • I HATED COMMUNISM BECAUSE I HATED EVIL, AND TO
  • 00:13:13.230 --> 00:13:16.190
  • UNDERSTAND ME YOU REALLY -- I'M NOT COMPLEX.
  • 00:13:16.210 --> 00:13:20.150
  • I HATE EVIL.
  • 00:13:20.170 --> 00:13:22.110
  • MY FAVORITE VERSE IN THE BIBLE IS VERY RARELY
  • 00:13:22.130 --> 00:13:24.260
  • CITED, BUT IT IS, THOSE OF YOU WHO LOVE GOD YOU
  • 00:13:24.280 --> 00:13:28.100
  • MUST HATE EVIL, AND I'M DIRECTLY TRANSLATING
  • 00:13:28.120 --> 00:13:32.030
  • BECAUSE HEBREW HAS A COMMAND FORM IN THE VERB.
  • 00:13:32.050 --> 00:13:34.290
  • ENGLISH DOES NOT, SO IT'S TRANSLATE THE IN ENGLISH,
  • 00:13:35.010 --> 00:13:37.160
  • THOSE OF YOU WHO HATE GOD HATE EVIL.
  • 00:13:37.180 --> 00:13:40.080
  • BUT PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND IT MEANS YOU
  • 00:13:40.100 --> 00:13:42.170
  • MUST HATE EVIL.
  • 00:13:42.190 --> 00:13:43.150
  • - IT'S THE IMPERATIVE.
  • 00:13:43.170 --> 00:13:44.130
  • - IT'S THE IMPERATIVE, YES.
  • 00:13:44.150 --> 00:13:45.240
  • SO IN OTHER WORDS, IF YOU DON'T HATE EVIL, YOU
  • 00:13:45.260 --> 00:13:47.220
  • DON'T LOVE GOD.
  • 00:13:47.240 --> 00:13:48.290
  • THIS IS A BIBLICAL PREMISE, AND NOT ENOUGH
  • 00:13:49.010 --> 00:13:50.020
  • PEOPLE HATE EVIL.
  • 00:13:50.040 --> 00:13:52.120
  • AND I SAW THAT WITH COMMUNISM.
  • 00:13:52.140 --> 00:13:54.050
  • IT ASTOUNDED ME THAT THERE WERE GOOD PEOPLE,
  • 00:13:54.070 --> 00:13:57.230
  • DESCENT, KIND PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T HATE COMMUNISM.
  • 00:13:57.250 --> 00:14:00.130
  • IT WAS THE GREATEST SLAUGHTER MACHINE IN
  • 00:14:00.150 --> 00:14:02.180
  • HUMAN HISTORY.
  • 00:14:02.200 --> 00:14:03.250
  • IT WAS THE GREATEST ENSLAVEMENT MACHINE IN
  • 00:14:03.270 --> 00:14:05.110
  • HUMAN HISTORY, AND YET WE WERE TOLD, WELL -- THIS IS
  • 00:14:05.130 --> 00:14:08.140
  • WHAT I WAS TOLD AT COLUMBIA AT THE RUSSIAN
  • 00:14:08.160 --> 00:14:10.050
  • INSTITUTE WHERE I STUDIED, WELL, YOU KNOW,
  • 00:14:10.070 --> 00:14:12.130
  • AMERICA AND THE SOVIET UNION WERE EQUALLY
  • 00:14:12.150 --> 00:14:15.010
  • RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COLD WAR.
  • 00:14:15.030 --> 00:14:16.150
  • WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
  • 00:14:16.170 --> 00:14:18.070
  • THE GREATEST FREE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD AND THE
  • 00:14:18.090 --> 00:14:20.100
  • GREATEST TOTALITARIAN STATE ARE EQUALLY RESPONSIBLE?
  • 00:14:20.120 --> 00:14:23.190
  • - IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE -I MEAN,
  • 00:14:23.210 --> 00:14:26.120
  • LOOK, TODAY YOU HAVE SIMILAR VERSIONS OF
  • 00:14:26.140 --> 00:14:27.220
  • IT HAPPENING.
  • 00:14:27.240 --> 00:14:28.170
  • - COMPLETELY.
  • 00:14:28.190 --> 00:14:29.230
  • - WERE YOU RAISED IN A CONSERVATIVE HOME?
  • 00:14:29.250 --> 00:14:32.240
  • - POLITICALLY --
  • 00:14:32.260 --> 00:14:34.100
  • - WERE THESE THINGS PASSED ON TO YOU OR DID YOU JUST COME
  • 00:14:34.120 --> 00:14:36.200
  • UPON THEM BY YOURSELF?
  • 00:14:36.220 --> 00:14:37.210
  • - IT'S A COMBINATION.
  • 00:14:37.230 --> 00:14:40.130
  • I THINK TO THE EXTENT THAT IT WOULD HAVE COME
  • 00:14:40.150 --> 00:14:42.220
  • UP, MY PARENTS WOULD HAVE HATED COMMUNISM, AND THEY
  • 00:14:42.240 --> 00:14:45.020
  • KNEW THAT I HAD BEEN SENT TO THE SOVIET UNION.
  • 00:14:45.040 --> 00:14:49.020
  • ISRAEL WAS SENDING YOUNG JEWS TO THE SOVIET UNION
  • 00:14:49.040 --> 00:14:53.050
  • TO SMUGGLE IN RELIGIOUS ITEMS AND TO SMUGGLE OUT
  • 00:14:53.070 --> 00:14:58.030
  • JEWISH NAMES, AND I WAS SENT AT THE AGE OF 21.
  • 00:14:58.050 --> 00:15:01.140
  • AND I DID THAT.
  • 00:15:01.160 --> 00:15:03.040
  • IT WAS SOMEWHAT RISKY.
  • 00:15:03.060 --> 00:15:05.000
  • I'M NOT A HERO, BUT IT WAS A SOMEWHAT RISKY TRIP
  • 00:15:05.020 --> 00:15:08.040
  • FOR A MONTH BECAUSE I KNEW RUSSIAN AND HEBREW.
  • 00:15:08.060 --> 00:15:10.140
  • SO I WAS A GOOD GUY TO SEND, AND THAT'S WHY I
  • 00:15:10.160 --> 00:15:14.150
  • STARTED MY PUBLIC LIFE AT 21.
  • 00:15:14.170 --> 00:15:16.170
  • AS SOON AS I GOT BACK TO AMERICA, I WAS SENT
  • 00:15:16.190 --> 00:15:18.080
  • AROUND TO LECTURE.
  • 00:15:18.100 --> 00:15:19.210
  • SO I HAVE BEEN DOING PUBLIC THINGS SINCE THE
  • 00:15:19.230 --> 00:15:22.200
  • DAY I BECAME AN ADULT.
  • 00:15:22.220 --> 00:15:24.040
  • - WOW.
  • 00:15:24.060 --> 00:15:25.250
  • WELL, NOT SINCE YOUR BAR MITZVAH, YOU MEAN.
  • 00:15:25.270 --> 00:15:27.260
  • - NO, SINCE THE OFFICIAL AGE.
  • 00:15:27.280 --> 00:15:29.100
  • YOU'RE RIGHT.
  • 00:15:29.120 --> 00:15:30.010
  • YOU'RE RIGHT.
  • 00:15:30.030 --> 00:15:31.040
  • 13 WOULD HAVE -- HE'S RIGHT.
  • 00:15:31.060 --> 00:15:31.280
  • HE'S ENTIRELY RIGHT.
  • 00:15:32.000 --> 00:15:33.030
  • TO HIS CREDIT.
  • 00:15:33.050 --> 00:15:34.130
  • TO HIS CREDIT.
  • 00:15:34.150 --> 00:15:35.190
  • - AS A GENTILE, IT'S EXTRAORDINARY I KNOW
  • 00:15:35.210 --> 00:15:36.270
  • THESE THINGS, BUT OKAY [LAUGHTER] ALL RIGHT.
  • 00:15:36.290 --> 00:15:41.030
  • SO YOU WENT TO THE SOVIET UNION AND YOU SAW THIS.
  • 00:15:41.050 --> 00:15:43.210
  • I MEAN, IN MY BACKGROUND BOTH MY PARENTS HAD SEEN
  • 00:15:43.230 --> 00:15:46.120
  • COMMUNISM AND RAISED ME TO HATE IT RIGHTLY OBVIOUSLY.
  • 00:15:46.140 --> 00:15:50.190
  • BUT I'M FASCINATED THAT YOU, FROM YOUR
  • 00:15:50.210 --> 00:15:53.100
  • BACKGROUND, YOU HATED IT AND WANTED TO WORK
  • 00:15:53.120 --> 00:15:55.030
  • AGAINST IT.
  • 00:15:55.050 --> 00:15:55.270
  • - THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 00:15:55.290 --> 00:15:57.040
  • - SO YOU'RE GOING AROUND AT AGE 21 GIVING LECTURES
  • 00:15:57.060 --> 00:15:59.010
  • BASED ON THIS EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:15:59.030 --> 00:16:00.080
  • - THAT'S RIGHT, YES.
  • 00:16:00.100 --> 00:16:01.170
  • - TO WHOM ARE YOU SPEAKING TO IN
  • 00:16:01.190 --> 00:16:02.170
  • THESE LECTURES?
  • 00:16:02.190 --> 00:16:03.250
  • - IN THE VERY BEGINNING YEARS, IT WAS ALL WITHIN
  • 00:16:03.270 --> 00:16:05.050
  • JEWISH LIFE, SYNAGOGUES EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI
  • 00:16:05.070 --> 00:16:08.070
  • BASICALLY WOULD BE INVITING ME TO SPEAK ON
  • 00:16:08.090 --> 00:16:12.060
  • WHAT WAS A VERY BIG DEAL THEN, SOVIET JURY.
  • 00:16:12.080 --> 00:16:14.150
  • BY THE WAY, THERE'S A VERY INTERESTING -I HAVE
  • 00:16:14.170 --> 00:16:18.060
  • BECOME A VERY PRO- CHRISTIAN VOICE AS YOU
  • 00:16:18.080 --> 00:16:20.180
  • KNOW, AND I THINK THAT THE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN IS
  • 00:16:20.200 --> 00:16:24.160
  • HAS CREATED THE GREATEST SOCIETY THAT WAS EVER
  • 00:16:24.180 --> 00:16:26.010
  • MADE, SO I SIT AND STAND IN IMMENSE GRATITUDE TO
  • 00:16:26.030 --> 00:16:30.000
  • WHAT CHRISTIANS IN AMERICA HAVE MADE, AND I--
  • 00:16:30.020 --> 00:16:33.130
  • SO WHATEVER I SAY COMES FROM THAT UNDERSTANDING
  • 00:16:33.150 --> 00:16:37.060
  • AND LOVE FOR THAT MATTER.
  • 00:16:37.080 --> 00:16:39.060
  • AND I SPEAK IN CHURCHES NOW AS MUCH AS
  • 00:16:39.080 --> 00:16:40.270
  • SYNAGOGUES, BUT I REMEMBER ASKING MYSELF
  • 00:16:40.290 --> 00:16:43.160
  • BECAUSE I KNEW THE SUFFERING OF SOVIET
  • 00:16:43.180 --> 00:16:46.020
  • CHRISTIANS, AND I REMEMBER ASKING, HOW COME
  • 00:16:46.040 --> 00:16:48.170
  • EVERY SYNAGOGUE IN THE WORLD, AUSTRALIA, SOUTH
  • 00:16:48.190 --> 00:16:52.160
  • AFRICA, NEW ZEALAND, CANADA, US, FRANCE HAS
  • 00:16:52.180 --> 00:16:56.170
  • SAVED SOVIET JURY BANNERS IN THE FRONT BUT NO
  • 00:16:56.190 --> 00:16:59.130
  • CHURCHES HAD SAVE SOVIET CHRISTIAN BANNERS.
  • 00:16:59.150 --> 00:17:03.140
  • ANYWAY, IT'S A VERY INTERESTING QUESTION FOR
  • 00:17:03.160 --> 00:17:05.150
  • CHRISTIANS TO MULL OVER, AND WE SHOULD DO IT ONCE
  • 00:17:05.170 --> 00:17:07.140
  • ON YOUR SHOW.
  • 00:17:07.160 --> 00:17:08.200
  • - YEAH.
  • 00:17:08.220 --> 00:17:10.110
  • - THIS IS YOUR SHOW, BUT I MEAN ON YOUR SHOW AGAIN.
  • 00:17:10.130 --> 00:17:12.110
  • - OUTSIDE OF THIS.
  • 00:17:12.130 --> 00:17:13.170
  • NO CHANDELIERS.
  • 00:17:13.190 --> 00:17:16.090
  • - SEE, I HAVE A GREAT SPEECH, WHAT JEWS AND
  • 00:17:16.110 --> 00:17:19.140
  • CHRISTIANS CAN LEARN FROM EACH OTHER.
  • 00:17:19.160 --> 00:17:21.050
  • IT'S A FUN SPEECH, BECAUSE I AM TRULY
  • 00:17:21.070 --> 00:17:23.170
  • IMMERSED IN BOTH THOSE WORLDS.
  • 00:17:23.190 --> 00:17:26.010
  • - YEAH.
  • 00:17:26.030 --> 00:17:27.090
  • - I KNOW CHRISTIANS REALLY WELL, AND I KNOW
  • 00:17:27.110 --> 00:17:29.150
  • JEWS REALLY WELL, AND SO, FOR EXAMPLE, MY FAVORITE
  • 00:17:29.170 --> 00:17:33.050
  • -- THIS IS -I'M TAKING TIME FROM MY BOOK BUT MY
  • 00:17:33.070 --> 00:17:35.090
  • PUBLISHER IS HERE SO I'M EMBARRASSED.
  • 00:17:35.110 --> 00:17:37.280
  • - IT'S LEAPING OFF THE SHELF.
  • 00:17:38.000 --> 00:17:39.060
  • IT'S FINE ON ITS OWN.
  • 00:17:39.080 --> 00:17:40.180
  • - OH, OKAY.
  • 00:17:40.200 --> 00:17:41.110
  • THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 00:17:41.130 --> 00:17:42.100
  • SO HERE IS A FUNNY DIFFERENCE.
  • 00:17:42.120 --> 00:17:43.180
  • THE FIRST TIME I WAS AT A CHURCH AS A SPEAKER, I
  • 00:17:43.200 --> 00:17:47.100
  • REMEMBER THAT THEY NEEDED FUNDS FOR THE CHURCH, SO
  • 00:17:47.120 --> 00:17:50.140
  • PEOPLE CAME AROUND WITH A BASKET AND SO ON.
  • 00:17:50.160 --> 00:17:53.230
  • AND THEN THE PASTOR GOT UP AND SAID, NOW, I WANT
  • 00:17:53.250 --> 00:17:57.220
  • YOU TO PRAY ON IT, AND WHATEVER THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • 00:17:57.240 --> 00:18:00.280
  • OR YOUR HEART PROMPTS YOU TO GIVE, GIVE.
  • 00:18:01.000 --> 00:18:03.090
  • AND I REMEMBER THINKING, HOW ON GOD'S EARTH IS
  • 00:18:03.110 --> 00:18:06.200
  • THIS GUY GOING TO RAISE ANY MONEY?
  • 00:18:06.220 --> 00:18:08.290
  • WHATEVER YOUR HEART PROMPTS YOU TO GIVE?
  • 00:18:09.010 --> 00:18:11.200
  • YOU KNOW HOW JEWS RAISE MONEY?
  • 00:18:11.220 --> 00:18:13.020
  • I SAW IT.
  • 00:18:13.040 --> 00:18:14.060
  • HEY, SCHWARTZ, STAND UP.
  • 00:18:14.080 --> 00:18:16.020
  • WE HAVE YOUR TAX RETURN HERE, SCHWARTZ.
  • 00:18:16.040 --> 00:18:18.090
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • 00:18:18.110 --> 00:18:20.230
  • YOU HAD A GREAT YEAR LAST YEAR.
  • 00:18:20.250 --> 00:18:23.100
  • AND THE GUY IS EMBARRASSED TO GIVE A
  • 00:18:23.120 --> 00:18:25.000
  • FORTUNE OF MONEY TO THE SYNAGOGUE, AND THAT'S IT.
  • 00:18:25.020 --> 00:18:27.100
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • 00:18:27.120 --> 00:18:28.250
  • SO ANYWAY, I LOVE THE CULTURAL DIFFERENCE OF
  • 00:18:28.270 --> 00:18:32.010
  • JEWS AND CHRISTIANS CRACK ME UP.
  • 00:18:32.030 --> 00:18:34.030
  • - WELL, I LOVE THAT.
  • 00:18:34.050 --> 00:18:36.220
  • WE COULD ACTUALLY HAVE A WHOLE SHOW.
  • 00:18:36.240 --> 00:18:38.230
  • - WE'LL DO THAT.
  • 00:18:38.250 --> 00:18:40.020
  • - BUT I DO WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS.
  • 00:18:40.040 --> 00:18:42.100
  • BUT JUST GETTING BACK TO YOUR EARLY YEARS.
  • 00:18:42.120 --> 00:18:44.010
  • SO IN YOUR 20'S, YOU'VE ALREADY DISCOVERED
  • 00:18:44.030 --> 00:18:47.050
  • SOMETHING ABOUT LIFE AND ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO
  • 00:18:47.070 --> 00:18:50.060
  • WITH YOUR LIFE, BUT WHAT DO YOU WANT
  • 00:18:50.080 --> 00:18:51.130
  • TO DO AT THAT POINT?
  • 00:18:51.150 --> 00:18:53.000
  • YOU'RE IN YOUR 20'S, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO DO?
  • 00:18:53.020 --> 00:18:54.180
  • - I KNEW IN HIGH SCHOOL.
  • 00:18:54.200 --> 00:18:56.010
  • I KNEW BEFORE I WAS SENT TO THE SOVIET UNION.
  • 00:18:56.030 --> 00:18:58.000
  • I WROTE IT, AND I HAVE THE PHYSICAL DIARY IN MY HOME.
  • 00:18:58.020 --> 00:19:01.240
  • I WISH I HAD KEPT THE DIARY AFTER HIGH SCHOOL,
  • 00:19:01.260 --> 00:19:03.210
  • BUT I DIDN'T.
  • 00:19:03.230 --> 00:19:04.280
  • BUT IN HIGH SCHOOL, I DID AND I WROTE IN MY JUNIOR
  • 00:19:05.000 --> 00:19:06.270
  • YEAR, I KNOW WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE,
  • 00:19:06.290 --> 00:19:10.080
  • I WANT TO INFLUENCE PEOPLE TO THE GOOD.
  • 00:19:10.100 --> 00:19:12.280
  • AND MY SON, MY OLDER SON MADE A VERY INTERESTING
  • 00:19:13.000 --> 00:19:16.040
  • POINT TO ME AT ABOUT 18, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 18 AND 22.
  • 00:19:16.060 --> 00:19:19.230
  • HE SAID YOU'RE VERY LUCKY, DAD. YOU WERE VERY LUCKY.
  • 00:19:19.250 --> 00:19:22.030
  • AND I SAID WHY DO YOU SAY THAT?
  • 00:19:22.050 --> 00:19:23.230
  • BECAUSE, HE SAID, MOST PEOPLE AT MY AGE DON'T
  • 00:19:23.250 --> 00:19:27.220
  • KNOW WHAT THEY WANT TO DO WITH THEIR LIFE LIKE YOU
  • 00:19:27.240 --> 00:19:29.270
  • DID AT YOUR AGE. AND HE WAS RIGHT.
  • 00:19:29.290 --> 00:19:32.180
  • AND I WAS VERY LUCKY,
  • 00:19:32.200 --> 00:19:34.180
  • AND I HAVE NOT VEERED AT ALL FROM THAT.
  • 00:19:34.200 --> 00:19:38.020
  • I JUST, I JUST WANT TO BECAUSE I HATE EVIL SO
  • 00:19:38.040 --> 00:19:41.220
  • MUCH AND I LOVE GOODNESS.
  • 00:19:41.240 --> 00:19:43.260
  • I KNOW THIS IS CORNY, AND I'M ALMOST EMBARRASSED TO
  • 00:19:43.280 --> 00:19:46.060
  • SAY IT, BUT THAT'S WHAT MAKES ME TICK.
  • 00:19:46.080 --> 00:19:48.130
  • AND I KNOW THAT THE GREATEST WAY TO MAKE
  • 00:19:48.150 --> 00:19:52.120
  • GOODNESS IS TO HAVE A GOD WHO WANTS US TO BE GOOD.
  • 00:19:52.140 --> 00:19:55.250
  • AND THAT'S WHAT THIS IS, IN FINAL ANALYSIS, WHAT
  • 00:19:55.270 --> 00:19:58.290
  • THIS IS ALL ABOUT.
  • 00:19:59.010 --> 00:20:00.270
  • - OKAY, SINCE YOU'VE WRITTEN ALL THESE OTHER
  • 00:20:00.290 --> 00:20:02.270
  • BOOKS BEFORE, WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG IN A SENSE
  • 00:20:02.290 --> 00:20:05.010
  • TO GET TO THIS BOOK?
  • 00:20:05.030 --> 00:20:06.270
  • - THIS UNDERTAKING IS SO MASSIVE BECAUSE THIS WAS
  • 00:20:06.290 --> 00:20:10.200
  • 18 YEARS OF TEACHING THIS VERSE BY VERSE.
  • 00:20:10.220 --> 00:20:14.150
  • AND IF IT WEREN'T FOR A MAN NAMED JOEL ALPERSON, A
  • 00:20:14.170 --> 00:20:16.280
  • MAN I TOUCHED IN HIS 30'S WHEN I CAME TO SPEAK IN
  • 00:20:17.000 --> 00:20:20.120
  • KANSAS CITY WHERE-- HE LIVES IN OMAHA, AND HE
  • 00:20:20.140 --> 00:20:22.150
  • HEARD ME IN KANSAS CITY, AND HE MADE IT POSSIBLE.
  • 00:20:22.170 --> 00:20:25.020
  • HE ENGINEERED EVERYTHING.
  • 00:20:25.040 --> 00:20:28.080
  • HE SAID WE HAVE TO GET THIS IN PRINT.
  • 00:20:28.100 --> 00:20:30.180
  • AND ANYWAY, THIS HAS BEEN A MASSIVE WORK.
  • 00:20:30.200 --> 00:20:34.090
  • IF PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW GREAT THE BIBLE IS,
  • 00:20:34.110 --> 00:20:39.100
  • LET ME PUT IT IN THE NEGATIVE.
  • 00:20:39.120 --> 00:20:42.030
  • BECAUSE AMERICANS HAVE LOST THE UNDERSTANDING
  • 00:20:42.050 --> 00:20:45.220
  • HOW GREAT THIS BOOK IS, WE'RE IN TROUBLE.
  • 00:20:45.240 --> 00:20:48.100
  • WE'RE IN MORAL TROUBLE, WE'RE IN ETHICAL TROUBLE,
  • 00:20:48.120 --> 00:20:50.260
  • WE'RE IN NATIONAL TROUBLE.
  • 00:20:50.280 --> 00:20:53.030
  • THIS WAS THE CENTRAL BOOK OF AMERICAN LIFE FOR MOST
  • 00:20:53.050 --> 00:20:56.040
  • OF AMERICAN HISTORY.
  • 00:20:56.060 --> 00:20:57.210
  • - THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 00:20:57.230 --> 00:20:59.020
  • - TODAY, JUST THIS WEEK WHAT WAS IT? WAS IT GQ OR--
  • 00:20:59.040 --> 00:21:03.090
  • - YEAH, YEAH.
  • 00:21:03.110 --> 00:21:04.210
  • - THEY LISTED THE 21 BOOKS YOU DON'T NEED TO
  • 00:21:04.230 --> 00:21:07.000
  • READ, AND THIS WAS NUMBER 12.
  • 00:21:07.020 --> 00:21:09.160
  • - I THINK IT WAS GQ'S WAY OF LOOKING TO GET
  • 00:21:09.180 --> 00:21:12.130
  • BACK INTO THE NEWS BECAUSE PEOPLE FORGOT
  • 00:21:12.150 --> 00:21:16.020
  • GQ EXISTED AND I WAS SHOCKED.
  • 00:21:16.040 --> 00:21:19.140
  • - I WISH THAT WERE THE REASON.
  • 00:21:19.160 --> 00:21:21.270
  • I BELIEVE THEY BELIEVE THAT.
  • 00:21:21.290 --> 00:21:23.150
  • - OH NO, THEY MAY BELIEVE IT.
  • 00:21:23.170 --> 00:21:25.130
  • - THE MOCKERY OF THOSE OF US WHO TAKE GOD
  • 00:21:25.150 --> 00:21:28.210
  • SERIOUSLY, I HAVE FOUNDED THIS THING CALLED
  • 00:21:28.230 --> 00:21:32.010
  • PRAGER UNIVERSITY.
  • 00:21:32.030 --> 00:21:33.100
  • WE HAD 600 MILLION VIEWS LAST YEAR AND WE'LL HAVE
  • 00:21:33.120 --> 00:21:36.060
  • A BILLION THIS YEAR. IT'S VERY BIG.
  • 00:21:36.080 --> 00:21:38.270
  • AND MOST OF THE VIEWERS ARE UNDER 35.
  • 00:21:38.290 --> 00:21:41.260
  • WE HAVE SOME VIDEOS ON GOD'S EXISTENCE.
  • 00:21:41.280 --> 00:21:44.060
  • THEY ARE THE MOST HATED OF ALL OUR VIDEOS.
  • 00:21:44.080 --> 00:21:47.100
  • MORE HATED THAN DEFENDING CAPITALISM, MORE HATED
  • 00:21:47.120 --> 00:21:49.090
  • THAN DEFENDING AMERICA.
  • 00:21:49.110 --> 00:21:52.110
  • IF YOU ARGUE FOR GOD, YOU ARE MOCKED.
  • 00:21:52.130 --> 00:21:56.240
  • YOU'RE NEVER REFUTED, YOU'RE MOCKED.
  • 00:21:56.260 --> 00:21:58.260
  • - ERIC METAXAS: IT'S A SPIRITUAL THING.
  • 00:21:58.280 --> 00:22:00.200
  • SO WE'RE TALKING WITH DENNIS ABOUT HIS
  • 00:22:00.220 --> 00:22:03.050
  • BRAND-NEW BOOK. DENNIS, THIS IS MONUMENTAL.
  • 00:22:03.070 --> 00:22:06.060
  • IT IS CALLED THE RATIONAL BIBLE.
  • 00:22:06.080 --> 00:22:08.280
  • THIS IS VOLUME ONE, EXODUS: GOD, SLAVERY AND
  • 00:22:09.000 --> 00:22:12.000
  • FREEDOM. IT IS ABSOLUTELY FLYING OFF THE SHELVES.
  • 00:22:12.020 --> 00:22:15.240
  • WHEN YOU TOLD ME EARLIER HOW WELL IT IS ALREADY
  • 00:22:15.260 --> 00:22:18.170
  • DOING, IT'S A SHOCK BECAUSE I KNOW FOR A FACT
  • 00:22:18.190 --> 00:22:21.130
  • THAT YOU DO NOT WRITE THAT WELL.
  • 00:22:21.150 --> 00:22:24.070
  • I'VE READ YOUR STUFF. IT'S JUST NOT THAT GOOD.
  • 00:22:24.090 --> 00:22:27.000
  • AND I SAY THIS HAS TO BE GOD BECAUSE YOU DON'T
  • 00:22:27.020 --> 00:22:29.280
  • HAVE THE TALENT TO PULL OFF THOSE KINDS OF SALES.
  • 00:22:30.000 --> 00:22:33.080
  • BUT WHEN GOD GETS BEHIND SOMETHING.
  • 00:22:33.100 --> 00:22:34.280
  • - THAT'S IT. OKAY. I'LL TAKE IT.
  • 00:22:35.000 --> 00:22:37.040
  • - SO IN ALL SERIOUSNESS, THIS BOOK IS DOING SO WELL.
  • 00:22:37.060 --> 00:22:40.170
  • IT IS KIND OF SHOCKING THAT A BOOK LIKE THIS
  • 00:22:40.190 --> 00:22:44.180
  • WOULD DO SO WELL BECAUSE IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THE
  • 00:22:44.200 --> 00:22:46.280
  • KIND OF THING THAT WOULD FLY OFF THE SHELVES.
  • 00:22:47.000 --> 00:22:48.080
  • IT LOOKS LIKE A TEXTBOOK OR A COMMENTARY.
  • 00:22:48.100 --> 00:22:50.100
  • I MEAN, IT'S A COMMENTARY ON EVERY VERSE
  • 00:22:50.120 --> 00:22:53.070
  • OF THE BOOK OF EXODUS.
  • 00:22:53.090 --> 00:22:54.160
  • - YES.
  • 00:22:54.180 --> 00:22:55.230
  • - AND IT'S FLYING OFF THE SHELVES.
  • 00:22:55.250 --> 00:22:56.290
  • THAT GIVES ME HOPE FOR AMERICA.
  • 00:22:57.010 --> 00:22:59.020
  • - THAT'S RIGHT. I AGREE WITH YOU.
  • 00:22:59.040 --> 00:23:01.090
  • LOOK, I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY BECAUSE IT'S SO
  • 00:23:01.110 --> 00:23:06.100
  • OVERWHELMING IN THE MOST AND TRULY IN THE
  • 00:23:06.120 --> 00:23:09.060
  • MOST HUMBLING SENSE.
  • 00:23:09.080 --> 00:23:11.160
  • I ADMIT IT, I-- LOOK, I THINK IT DESERVES
  • 00:23:11.180 --> 00:23:14.200
  • TO BE A GOOD SELLER. IT'S A REALLY GOOD--
  • 00:23:14.220 --> 00:23:16.290
  • I THINK IT'S LIFE-CHANGING.
  • 00:23:17.010 --> 00:23:18.160
  • I REALLY DO BELIEVE IF IT DOESN'T CHANGE YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:23:18.180 --> 00:23:20.180
  • I HAVE FAILED. THAT'S HOW STRONGLY
  • 00:23:20.200 --> 00:23:22.180
  • I BELIEVE THAT THIS CAN DO THAT.
  • 00:23:22.200 --> 00:23:24.210
  • BUT HAVING SAID THAT THAT A BIBLE COMMENTARY IS THE
  • 00:23:24.230 --> 00:23:28.070
  • NUMBER ONE OR NUMBER TWO BESTSELLING BOOK IN
  • 00:23:28.090 --> 00:23:30.170
  • AMERICA THREE WEEKS IN A ROW, THIS IS NOT EXPECTED.
  • 00:23:30.190 --> 00:23:35.290
  • AND I AM OBVIOUSLY PERSONALLY VERY HUMBLED,
  • 00:23:36.010 --> 00:23:40.070
  • I'M PROUD, BUT MOST IMPORTANT I'LL TELL YOU
  • 00:23:40.090 --> 00:23:44.030
  • THIS, ANY PASTOR WHO IS VIEWING THIS OR LISTENING
  • 00:23:44.050 --> 00:23:47.130
  • TO THIS RIGHT NOW, I PROMISE YOU A HUNDRED
  • 00:23:47.150 --> 00:23:50.000
  • SERMONS OR YOUR MONEY BACK.
  • 00:23:50.020 --> 00:23:52.120
  • - WHOA! THIS GUY, HE KNOWS HOW TO PUSH A BOOK.
  • 00:23:52.140 --> 00:23:55.220
  • UNBELIEVABLE!
  • 00:23:55.240 --> 00:23:57.160
  • I THINK THE REASON IT'S DOING SO WELL, WE SHOULD
  • 00:23:57.180 --> 00:23:59.280
  • HAVE SAID THIS EARLIER, IT COMES WITH A CD
  • 00:24:00.020 --> 00:24:02.200
  • BY CELINE DION HERE IN THE BACK. [LAUGHTER]
  • 00:24:02.220 --> 00:24:04.150
  • I DON'T KNOW IF YOU NOTICED THAT.
  • 00:24:04.170 --> 00:24:06.120
  • THAT'S NOT TRUE. IT REALLY IS EXCELLENT.
  • 00:24:06.140 --> 00:24:09.170
  • YOU WERE SAYING EARLIER SOMETHING.
  • 00:24:09.190 --> 00:24:10.240
  • I TALK ABOUT THIS ALL THE TIME, THAT THE BIBLE WAS
  • 00:24:10.260 --> 00:24:13.190
  • EFFECTIVELY THE TEXTBOOK FOR THE UNITED STATES OF
  • 00:24:13.210 --> 00:24:15.190
  • AMERICA FOR 200 YEARS.
  • 00:24:15.210 --> 00:24:17.220
  • AND SOMETHING HAPPENED IN OUR LIFETIME WHEN THE 60'S
  • 00:24:17.240 --> 00:24:20.010
  • NARRATIVE TOOK OVER, GOD WAS SORT OF SHOVED OUT.
  • 00:24:20.030 --> 00:24:24.210
  • BUT IT'S NOT JUST GOD, IT THE IDEA OF VIRTUE,
  • 00:24:24.230 --> 00:24:27.080
  • HONOR, DIGNITY.
  • 00:24:27.100 --> 00:24:29.020
  • IF YOU BRING UP HONOR OR VIRTUE IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL
  • 00:24:29.040 --> 00:24:32.110
  • SYSTEM OR, GOD FORBID, IN A UNIVERSITY, THEY THINK
  • 00:24:32.130 --> 00:24:36.070
  • VIRTUE? HONOR? WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?
  • 00:24:36.090 --> 00:24:39.170
  • - TOTALLY. THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER WORDS YOU COULD ADD.
  • 00:24:39.190 --> 00:24:42.180
  • FOR EXAMPLE, WE ARE RIGHTS DRUNK, BUT THE
  • 00:24:42.200 --> 00:24:45.010
  • BIBLE ISN'T RIGHTS DRUNK.
  • 00:24:45.030 --> 00:24:46.270
  • THE BIBLE IS OBLIGATIONS DRUNK.
  • 00:24:46.290 --> 00:24:49.210
  • AND I ASK PEOPLE, DO YOU THINK YOU'LL MAKE A
  • 00:24:49.230 --> 00:24:52.130
  • BETTER SOCIETY IF PEOPLE ARE PREOCCUPIED WITH
  • 00:24:52.150 --> 00:24:54.270
  • THEIR RIGHTS OR PREOCCUPIED WITH THEIR OBLIGATIONS?
  • 00:24:54.290 --> 00:24:57.250
  • - LOOK, THERE'S NO QUESTION.
  • 00:24:57.270 --> 00:25:00.170
  • - THIS DOESN'T SAY YOU HAVE A RIGHT--
  • 00:25:00.190 --> 00:25:02.290
  • - YOU KNOW, ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU,
  • 00:25:03.010 --> 00:25:06.010
  • ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY.
  • 00:25:06.030 --> 00:25:08.010
  • THE FACT IS THAT YOU'RE RIGHT, WE'VE SHIFTED.
  • 00:25:08.030 --> 00:25:11.000
  • BUT WE'VE SHIFTED-- AND YOU TALK ABOUT THIS
  • 00:25:11.020 --> 00:25:13.080
  • ALL THE TIME ON YOUR RADIO PROGRAM.
  • 00:25:13.100 --> 00:25:15.000
  • I TALK ABOUT THIS LESS OFTEN BUT I DO TALK ABOUT
  • 00:25:15.020 --> 00:25:16.260
  • THIS QUITE A LOT.
  • 00:25:16.280 --> 00:25:18.200
  • THE IDEA THAT WE HAVE SHIFTED SINCE THE 60'S
  • 00:25:18.220 --> 00:25:21.180
  • INTO A CULTURE THAT HAS REALLY THROWN AWAY
  • 00:25:21.200 --> 00:25:24.240
  • EVERYTHING THAT MADE US WHO WE ARE ON SOME DIM
  • 00:25:24.260 --> 00:25:28.210
  • ASSUMPTION THAT THEY WOULD COME UP WITH
  • 00:25:28.230 --> 00:25:30.180
  • SOMETHING ELSE THAT COULD WORK.
  • 00:25:30.200 --> 00:25:32.240
  • BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS IT CAN'T.
  • 00:25:32.260 --> 00:25:35.060
  • IF YOU SMASH THE TOASTER, THERE'S NOT ANOTHER
  • 00:25:35.080 --> 00:25:37.110
  • TOASTER AROUND TO TOAST YOUR BREAD FOR A MILLION
  • 00:25:37.130 --> 00:25:39.250
  • MILES. THERE'S NOTHING TO REPLACE IT.
  • 00:25:39.270 --> 00:25:41.150
  • WE'VE DESTROYED WHAT WE HAD.
  • 00:25:41.170 --> 00:25:44.140
  • I THINK WE CAN MAKE IT GREAT AGAIN.
  • 00:25:44.160 --> 00:25:46.170
  • I THINK THAT WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO DO
  • 00:25:46.190 --> 00:25:49.090
  • THAT. BUT THE FRAGILITY AND THE MAGNIFICENCE OF THE
  • 00:25:49.110 --> 00:25:53.040
  • AMERICAN EXPERIMENT, IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD
  • 00:25:53.060 --> 00:25:56.070
  • ALL, OUR BREATH SHOULD BE TAKEN AWAY BY IT.
  • 00:25:56.090 --> 00:25:58.100
  • WE SHOULD LOVE IT.
  • 00:25:58.120 --> 00:25:59.180
  • WE SHOULD CELEBRATE IT AND UNDERSTAND, AS YOU DO
  • 00:25:59.200 --> 00:26:02.160
  • THAT AT THE CENTER OF IT, WITHOUT QUESTION, IS
  • 00:26:02.180 --> 00:26:06.230
  • BIBLICAL FAITH. THERE IS NO WAY AROUND THAT.
  • 00:26:06.250 --> 00:26:10.100
  • - IF GOD DIDN'T ENDOW US WITH INALIENABLE RIGHTS,
  • 00:26:10.120 --> 00:26:13.150
  • THEN WE DON'T HAVE INALIENABLE RIGHTS.
  • 00:26:13.170 --> 00:26:15.070
  • THE FOUNDERS ALL KNEW THAT.
  • 00:26:15.090 --> 00:26:17.040
  • THAT INCLUDES FRANKLIN AND JEFFERSON.
  • 00:26:17.060 --> 00:26:19.090
  • NOT ALL OF THEM WERE TRADITIONAL CHRISTIANS,
  • 00:26:19.110 --> 00:26:22.100
  • BUT EVERY ONE OF THEM WAS BIBLE CENTERED.
  • 00:26:22.120 --> 00:26:24.160
  • THEY WERE WHAT I CALL ETHICAL MONOTHEISTS.
  • 00:26:24.180 --> 00:26:27.150
  • THEY WERE BELIEVERS IN THE ONE GOD WHO IS THE
  • 00:26:27.170 --> 00:26:29.110
  • SOURCE OF RIGHT AND WRONG. AND THAT'S--
  • 00:26:29.130 --> 00:26:32.110
  • I'LL GIVE YOU THE ONE EXAMPLE THAT I
  • 00:26:32.130 --> 00:26:33.250
  • ACTUALLY BEGIN MY INTRODUCTION WITH BECAUSE
  • 00:26:33.270 --> 00:26:37.050
  • PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY, AND I GET MY-- YOU SHOULD SEE
  • 00:26:37.070 --> 00:26:39.190
  • ON THE INTERNET, I GET SO MOCKED, "PRAGER SAYS GOD
  • 00:26:39.210 --> 00:26:42.140
  • IS NECESSARY FOR MORALITY, SO PRAGER WOULD
  • 00:26:42.160 --> 00:26:45.030
  • MURDER IF IT WEREN'T FOR GOD?"
  • 00:26:45.050 --> 00:26:46.170
  • THIS IS A COMMON THING ON THE INTERNET.
  • 00:26:46.190 --> 00:26:48.040
  • SO I GIVE AN EXAMPLE.
  • 00:26:48.060 --> 00:26:49.230
  • I DON'T THINK I WOULD BE MURDERING IF IT WEREN'T
  • 00:26:49.250 --> 00:26:51.210
  • FOR GOD. I'VE BEEN TRAINED NOT TO MURDER.
  • 00:26:51.230 --> 00:26:53.290
  • IT'S SO DEEP IN ME.
  • 00:26:54.010 --> 00:26:55.200
  • - WHO TRAINED YOU?
  • 00:26:55.220 --> 00:26:57.060
  • - THIS SOCIETY DID BECAUSE THAT IS NOT UNIVERSAL.
  • 00:26:57.080 --> 00:26:59.230
  • THAT'S WHAT THE NAIVE IN THIS SOCIETY DON'T UNDERSTAND.
  • 00:26:59.250 --> 00:27:02.180
  • THEY TAKE FOR GRANTED ALL THESE GOOD THINGS,
  • 00:27:02.200 --> 00:27:04.170
  • INCLUDING DO NOT MURDER AS UNIVERSAL; THEY'RE WRONG.
  • 00:27:04.190 --> 00:27:07.160
  • OKAY, ANYWAY, I GIVE AN EXAMPLE-- FORGET MURDER.
  • 00:27:07.180 --> 00:27:11.080
  • HOW ABOUT HONORING YOUR PARENTS?
  • 00:27:11.100 --> 00:27:13.000
  • AND I BEGIN THE INTRODUCTION TO THIS
  • 00:27:13.020 --> 00:27:15.000
  • BOOK, BECAUSE IT'S ALSO PERSONAL,
  • 00:27:15.020 --> 00:27:17.000
  • HOW IT HAS SHAPED ME.
  • 00:27:17.020 --> 00:27:20.060
  • AND I RELATE THAT IN MY EARLY 20'S AND LATE TEENS,
  • 00:27:20.080 --> 00:27:23.010
  • I HAD MY OWN ISSUES WITH MY PARENTS AS THE VAST
  • 00:27:23.030 --> 00:27:25.040
  • MAJORITY OF PEOPLE DO.
  • 00:27:25.060 --> 00:27:26.250
  • - I HAD ISSUES WITH YOUR PARENTS. [LAUGHTER]
  • 00:27:26.270 --> 00:27:28.220
  • - YOU DID. YOU WERE ONE OF THE VAST MAJORITY.
  • 00:27:28.240 --> 00:27:31.070
  • IT WAS AMAZING HOW MANY DID.
  • 00:27:31.090 --> 00:27:33.140
  • BUT YOU CAME AROUND AND THEY WERE VERY TOUCHED.
  • 00:27:33.160 --> 00:27:35.110
  • THEY WOULD OFTEN SAY HOW IS ERIC?
  • 00:27:35.130 --> 00:27:37.050
  • FIRST THING I WOULD CALL UP MY MOTHER WOULD SAY
  • 00:27:37.070 --> 00:27:38.250
  • HOW IS ERIC DOING?
  • 00:27:38.270 --> 00:27:40.220
  • AND ANYWAY, SO I HAD THESE DIFFICULTIES BUT THERE
  • 00:27:40.240 --> 00:27:45.230
  • WAS NEVER, I MOVED OUT OF MY PARENTS' HOUSE AT
  • 00:27:45.250 --> 00:27:48.070
  • 21 TO LIVE ON MY OWN.
  • 00:27:48.090 --> 00:27:50.040
  • THAT'S WHAT WE DID IN THOSE DAYS.
  • 00:27:50.060 --> 00:27:51.240
  • WE LIVED ON OR OWN. VERY TRADITIONAL VIEW.
  • 00:27:51.260 --> 00:27:54.110
  • - DID YOU LIVE IN SOMEONE ELSE'S PARENTS BASEMENT?
  • 00:27:54.130 --> 00:27:56.160
  • - AMAZINGLY NO. ON MY OWN.
  • 00:27:56.180 --> 00:27:58.240
  • AND I EARNED MY OWN LIVING TO DO SO.
  • 00:27:58.260 --> 00:28:01.070
  • - RIGHT.
  • 00:28:01.090 --> 00:28:02.210
  • - AND I REMEMBER THINKING WITH ALL MY
  • 00:28:02.230 --> 00:28:07.280
  • AMBIVALENCE EMOTIONALLY, WHATEVER I'M HAVING, GOD
  • 00:28:08.000 --> 00:28:11.210
  • INSTRUCTED ME IN THE 10 COMMANDMENTS, INSTRUCTED
  • 00:28:11.230 --> 00:28:14.210
  • ME, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER.
  • 00:28:14.230 --> 00:28:18.030
  • AND THE POINT THAT I'M MAKING HERE IS PEOPLE WHO
  • 00:28:18.050 --> 00:28:21.120
  • THINK GOD IS UNNECESSARY FOR A DECENT SOCIETY, AND
  • 00:28:21.140 --> 00:28:26.010
  • THEY MOCK THOSE OF US WHO SAY GOD IS NECESSARY,
  • 00:28:26.030 --> 00:28:29.050
  • "SO YOU WOULD KILL IF IT WEREN'T FOR GOD?
  • 00:28:29.070 --> 00:28:31.060
  • BOY, YOU'RE MORALLY PRIMITIVE."
  • 00:28:31.080 --> 00:28:32.270
  • BUT LET'S MOVE IT TO ANOTHER RELEVANT THING,
  • 00:28:32.290 --> 00:28:36.130
  • AGAIN, JUST IN THE 10 COMMANDMENTS.
  • 00:28:36.150 --> 00:28:38.080
  • HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.
  • 00:28:38.100 --> 00:28:39.220
  • FROM THE DAY THAT I MOVED OUT OF MY PARENTS' HOME
  • 00:28:39.240 --> 00:28:42.220
  • AT 21, THERE WASN'T A WEEK THAT I DID NOT CALL THEM.
  • 00:28:42.240 --> 00:28:46.080
  • THERE WAS NOT A WEEK UNTIL THEY DIED IN THEIR 90'S.
  • 00:28:46.100 --> 00:28:48.210
  • SO I CALLED THEM FOR 70 YEARS EVERY SINGLE WEEK.
  • 00:28:48.230 --> 00:28:52.040
  • IT DIDN'T MATTER WHERE I WAS, I CALLED THEM.
  • 00:28:52.060 --> 00:28:55.090
  • AND THE REASON WAS IN THE BEGINNING, CERTAINLY WHEN
  • 00:28:55.110 --> 00:28:58.250
  • I HAD MY OWN ISSUES WITH THEM, THE REASON WAS GOD
  • 00:28:58.270 --> 00:29:01.170
  • SAID HONOR YOUR PARENTS.
  • 00:29:01.190 --> 00:29:03.020
  • IT DIDN'T SAY-- AND THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT
  • 00:29:03.040 --> 00:29:05.050
  • I TRY TO TEACH IN THIS BOOK.
  • 00:29:05.070 --> 00:29:07.110
  • WE'RE TOLD TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR, LOVE GOD AND
  • 00:29:07.130 --> 00:29:10.010
  • LOVE THE STRANGER.
  • 00:29:10.030 --> 00:29:11.150
  • BUT WE'RE NEVER TOLD TO LOVE OUR PARENTS.
  • 00:29:11.170 --> 00:29:13.230
  • YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOVE YOUR PARENTS, BUT YOU DO
  • 00:29:13.250 --> 00:29:15.230
  • HAVE TO HONOR THEM.
  • 00:29:15.250 --> 00:29:17.060
  • AND WE'RE NEVER TOLD TO HONOR ANYONE ELSE, NOT A
  • 00:29:17.080 --> 00:29:20.090
  • KING, NOT A LEADER, NOT A PROPHET, ONLY PARENTS.
  • 00:29:20.110 --> 00:29:25.130
  • AND SO I, BELIEVING THAT THIS STUFF ULTIMATELY
  • 00:29:25.150 --> 00:29:29.230
  • DOES COME FROM GOD, I TOOK IT VERY SERIOUSLY AS
  • 00:29:29.250 --> 00:29:32.220
  • A KID, AND IT SHAPED THE WAY I TREATED MY PARENTS.
  • 00:29:32.240 --> 00:29:36.220
  • NOW ULTIMATELY, I DID IT OUT OF LOVE, BUT FOR AS
  • 00:29:36.240 --> 00:29:39.230
  • LONG AS IT TOOK, IT WAS OUT OF HONORING THEM
  • 00:29:39.250 --> 00:29:42.040
  • BECAUSE GOD SAID SO.
  • 00:29:42.060 --> 00:29:44.050
  • - WELL, IT'S INTERESTING THERE'S CERTAIN THINGS IN
  • 00:29:44.070 --> 00:29:46.000
  • THE SCRIPTURE THAT ARE VERY SIMPLE AND THAT YOU
  • 00:29:46.020 --> 00:29:49.170
  • KNOW, YOU KNOW THAT IF YOU HONOR YOUR PARENTS
  • 00:29:49.190 --> 00:29:52.050
  • YOU CAN CHECK THAT OFF.
  • 00:29:52.070 --> 00:29:54.280
  • IN A SENSE YOU'RE DOING WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO DO.
  • 00:29:55.000 --> 00:29:57.240
  • AND IF YOU DO WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO DO, YOU
  • 00:29:57.260 --> 00:29:59.130
  • CAN'T GO WRONG BASICALLY.
  • 00:29:59.150 --> 00:30:01.070
  • - THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 00:30:01.090 --> 00:30:02.160
  • - ANY TIME YOU HONOR YOUR PARENTS, YOU CANNOT
  • 00:30:02.180 --> 00:30:04.220
  • GO WRONG HONORING YOUR PARENTS.
  • 00:30:04.240 --> 00:30:06.170
  • BUT WHAT'S INTERESTING, AND IT GETS TO THE DEEPER
  • 00:30:06.190 --> 00:30:08.100
  • ISSUE IN THE SCRIPTURE, YOU SAID GOD DOESN'T TELL
  • 00:30:08.120 --> 00:30:10.250
  • YOU TO LOVE YOUR PARENTS; IN OTHER WORDS, EVEN IF
  • 00:30:10.270 --> 00:30:12.260
  • YOUR PARENTS ARE NOT WORTHY OF HONOR, EVEN IF
  • 00:30:12.280 --> 00:30:14.290
  • YOUR PARENTS ARE HORRIBLE, IT STILL
  • 00:30:15.010 --> 00:30:18.010
  • COMMANDS YOU TO HONOR THEM BECAUSE THEY'RE YOUR
  • 00:30:18.030 --> 00:30:22.110
  • MOTHER AND YOUR FATHER.
  • 00:30:22.130 --> 00:30:24.050
  • THERE'S SOMETHING VERY INTERESTING ABOUT THAT.
  • 00:30:24.070 --> 00:30:25.290
  • IT'S KIND OF LIKE THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT.
  • 00:30:26.010 --> 00:30:27.270
  • YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO RESPECT THE OFFICE.
  • 00:30:27.290 --> 00:30:30.020
  • - JIMMY CARTER, WHO I THOUGHT WAS AN AWFUL PRESIDENT,
  • 00:30:30.040 --> 00:30:32.280
  • JIMMY CARTER STEPPED INTO A RADIO STUDIO WHERE I WAS
  • 00:30:33.000 --> 00:30:35.190
  • BROADCASTING AND I STOOD UP BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN
  • 00:30:35.210 --> 00:30:38.230
  • PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
  • 00:30:38.250 --> 00:30:40.100
  • I WASN'T STANDING FOR JIMMY CARTER.
  • 00:30:40.120 --> 00:30:42.060
  • I WAS STANDING FOR A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
  • 00:30:42.080 --> 00:30:43.250
  • STATES. AND THAT'S THE WAY I WAS RAISED.
  • 00:30:43.270 --> 00:30:46.190
  • RAISED BY THAT BOOK, RAISED BY MY PARENTS.
  • 00:30:46.210 --> 00:30:49.010
  • AND THAT IS THE WAY WE ARE SUPPOSED TO.
  • 00:30:49.030 --> 00:30:51.110
  • NOW LET ME JUST MAKE CLEAR BECAUSE THERE ARE
  • 00:30:51.130 --> 00:30:53.060
  • PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW LISTENING TO YOU OR
  • 00:30:53.080 --> 00:30:54.210
  • WATCHING WHO HAVE HAD PARENTS WHO
  • 00:30:54.230 --> 00:30:56.290
  • HORRIBLY ABUSED THEM.
  • 00:30:57.010 --> 00:30:59.140
  • I DON'T MEAN INSULTED THEM AND THE USUAL STUFF
  • 00:30:59.160 --> 00:31:02.190
  • THAT PARENTS MIGHT DO, BUT PHYSICALLY OR
  • 00:31:02.210 --> 00:31:06.010
  • SEXUALLY ABUSED THEM, OKAY. WE ALL UNDERSTAND
  • 00:31:06.030 --> 00:31:10.150
  • THAT THERE ARE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH
  • 00:31:10.170 --> 00:31:12.100
  • HONORING THEM IS IMPOSSIBLE. OKAY.
  • 00:31:12.120 --> 00:31:15.150
  • HOWEVER, FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE, IT IS
  • 00:31:15.170 --> 00:31:18.040
  • POSSIBLE AND THAT'S TO WHOM THIS IS DIRECTED.
  • 00:31:18.060 --> 00:31:21.220
  • YOU CAN'T, NO LAW IS UNIVERSAL.
  • 00:31:21.240 --> 00:31:24.140
  • IN OTHER WORDS, MEANING ALWAYS.
  • 00:31:24.160 --> 00:31:27.170
  • THERE ARE TIMES WHEN YOU HAVE TO LIE.
  • 00:31:27.190 --> 00:31:29.200
  • WHEN THE CHRISTIANS WHO SAVED JEWS IN WORLD WAR II
  • 00:31:29.220 --> 00:31:32.240
  • LIED TO THE NAZIS, NO, I'M NOT HIDING A JEW.
  • 00:31:32.260 --> 00:31:36.030
  • WERE THEY RIGHT OR WERE THEY WRONG?
  • 00:31:36.050 --> 00:31:37.270
  • IT'S SO OBVIOUS THEY WERE RIGHT.
  • 00:31:37.290 --> 00:31:39.190
  • SO THERE ARE TIMES WHEN YOU LIE, THERE ARE TIMES
  • 00:31:39.210 --> 00:31:41.270
  • WHEN YOU BREAK THIS OR THAT LAW, BUT THIS IS
  • 00:31:41.290 --> 00:31:45.040
  • MEANT FOR THE GREAT MAJORITY OF US.
  • 00:31:45.060 --> 00:31:47.090
  • - YOU SOUND LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.
  • 00:31:47.110 --> 00:31:49.280
  • - WELL...
  • 00:31:50.000 --> 00:31:52.290
  • - IT'S FASCINATING. I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU DO THAT. BUT--
  • 00:31:53.010 --> 00:31:55.100
  • - THAT'S A GREAT LINE.
  • 00:31:55.120 --> 00:31:58.000
  • I REALLY, HE CRACKS ME UP.
  • 00:31:58.020 --> 00:31:59.220
  • YOU DO CRACK ME UP. HE CRACKS ME UP.
  • 00:31:59.240 --> 00:32:02.140
  • - THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BUT YOU CRACK ME UP.
  • 00:32:02.160 --> 00:32:04.070
  • THAT'S WHY WE'RE FRIENDS.
  • 00:32:04.090 --> 00:32:05.280
  • OKAY, BUT THIS BOOK AGAIN, THIS REPRESENTS,
  • 00:32:06.000 --> 00:32:07.280
  • THIS IS REAL SCHOLARSHIP.
  • 00:32:08.000 --> 00:32:10.010
  • IN OTHER WORDS, I WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT YOU'VE
  • 00:32:10.030 --> 00:32:11.190
  • WRITTEN A LOT OF BOOKS.
  • 00:32:11.210 --> 00:32:13.020
  • THIS IS A LIFE'S WORK WHAT YOU'RE DOING HERE.
  • 00:32:13.040 --> 00:32:15.090
  • - YES, AND AGAIN JUST IN CASE PEOPLE NEED
  • 00:32:15.110 --> 00:32:17.250
  • BONA FIDES, I HAVE TAUGHT THIS MY ENTIRE ADULT LIFE
  • 00:32:17.270 --> 00:32:20.270
  • AND FROM THE HEBREW.
  • 00:32:20.290 --> 00:32:22.270
  • THE HEBREW, THE PRE-PROPHET BECAUSE
  • 00:32:22.290 --> 00:32:27.030
  • PROPHETS HAVE A DIFFERENT HEBREW SOMEWHAT,
  • 00:32:27.050 --> 00:32:29.090
  • PRE-PROPHETIC HEBREW IS TO ME LIKE ENGLISH.
  • 00:32:29.110 --> 00:32:31.230
  • - WOW.
  • 00:32:31.250 --> 00:32:34.000
  • - YES, SO I-- I'LL GIVE YOU ONE EXAMPLE.
  • 00:32:34.020 --> 00:32:37.230
  • MOST PEOPLE DON'T REMEMBER THIS STORY,
  • 00:32:37.250 --> 00:32:40.190
  • EVEN IF THEY STUDY BIBLE, BUT SOME OBVIOUSLY WILL.
  • 00:32:40.210 --> 00:32:43.000
  • PHARAOH, THE KING OF EGYPT, THIS IS OBVIOUSLY
  • 00:32:43.020 --> 00:32:46.030
  • IN THIS BOOK, SAYS KILL ALL THE HEBREW BORN BOYS.
  • 00:32:46.050 --> 00:32:50.240
  • THE JEWS, THE ISRAELITES, HEBREWS, WHATEVER TERM
  • 00:32:50.260 --> 00:32:53.180
  • YOU WANT TO USE.
  • 00:32:53.200 --> 00:32:55.060
  • BUT THERE WERE TWO MIDWIVES WHO REFUSED TO.
  • 00:32:55.080 --> 00:32:59.050
  • IN HEBREW, THE WORDS USED FOR, THE MIDWIVES COULD
  • 00:32:59.070 --> 00:33:05.110
  • BE EITHER THE HEBREW MIDWIVES OR THE MIDWIVES
  • 00:33:05.130 --> 00:33:09.150
  • OF THE HEBREWS, IN WHICH CASE THEY'RE EGYPTIAN.
  • 00:33:09.170 --> 00:33:12.240
  • SO WE DON'T KNOW IF THEY WERE EGYPTIAN
  • 00:33:12.260 --> 00:33:14.280
  • OR THEY WERE HEBREW.
  • 00:33:15.000 --> 00:33:16.180
  • I BELIEVE THEY WERE EGYPTIAN BECAUSE I DON'T
  • 00:33:16.200 --> 00:33:18.190
  • THINK PHARAOH WOULD HAVE ASKED HEBREW MIDWIVES
  • 00:33:18.210 --> 00:33:21.060
  • TO KILL HEBREW KIDS.
  • 00:33:21.080 --> 00:33:22.240
  • ALSO IT SAYS THEY FEARED GOD, AND I POINT OUT THIS
  • 00:33:22.260 --> 00:33:26.220
  • IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS IN THE BIBLE.
  • 00:33:26.240 --> 00:33:29.260
  • WHY DIDN'T THEY LISTEN TO PHARAOH?
  • 00:33:29.280 --> 00:33:31.210
  • PHARAOH WAS A DEMIGOD.
  • 00:33:31.230 --> 00:33:33.090
  • HE COULD HAVE KILLED THEM FOR NOT OBEYING HIM.
  • 00:33:33.110 --> 00:33:35.210
  • AND IT SAYS WHY. THEY DIDN'T LISTEN
  • 00:33:35.230 --> 00:33:38.170
  • TO PHARAOH BECAUSE THEY FEARED GOD.
  • 00:33:38.190 --> 00:33:41.090
  • AND I HAVE A HUGE SECTION ON THE IMPORTANCE OF
  • 00:33:41.110 --> 00:33:43.270
  • FEARING GOD BECAUSE IF YOU FEAR GOD, YOU WON'T
  • 00:33:43.290 --> 00:33:45.250
  • FEAR PEOPLE, AND THAT GIVES YOU GREAT LIBERTY
  • 00:33:45.270 --> 00:33:48.120
  • IN LIFE, AND YOU WILL DO THE RIGHT THING.
  • 00:33:48.140 --> 00:33:50.220
  • AND I NOTE IT DOESN'T SAY BECAUSE THEY LOVED GOD.
  • 00:33:50.240 --> 00:33:54.280
  • WHEN I ASK PEOPLE ON MY SHOW WHY DIDN'T YOU USE
  • 00:33:55.000 --> 00:33:58.230
  • DRUGS WHEN YOU WERE A TEENAGER?
  • 00:33:58.250 --> 00:34:00.280
  • ALMOST EVERYONE HAD THE SAME ANSWER.
  • 00:34:01.000 --> 00:34:03.110
  • BECAUSE MY MOTHER WOULD KILL ME.
  • 00:34:03.130 --> 00:34:05.220
  • NO ONE SAID BECAUSE I LOVE MY MOTHER.
  • 00:34:05.240 --> 00:34:08.140
  • - THAT IS INTERESTING.
  • 00:34:08.160 --> 00:34:10.190
  • YOU ARE THE MASTER OF COMMON SENSE AND I'M NOT
  • 00:34:10.210 --> 00:34:12.240
  • KIDDING. WHEN I'VE LISTENED TO YOUR PROGRAM, YOU HAVE
  • 00:34:12.260 --> 00:34:15.140
  • DEEP COMMON SENSE, AND I THINK IT RESONATES
  • 00:34:15.160 --> 00:34:18.100
  • BECAUSE WE'RE LIVING IN A TIME PARTICULARLY BEREFT
  • 00:34:18.120 --> 00:34:21.070
  • OF COMMON SENSE, AND THAT'S PUTTING IT AS
  • 00:34:21.090 --> 00:34:23.130
  • MILDLY AS I CAN PUT IT ON A FAMILY PROGRAM.
  • 00:34:23.150 --> 00:34:25.250
  • BASICALLY, IT IS, WE'RE LIVING IN TRULY CRAZY
  • 00:34:25.270 --> 00:34:30.120
  • TIMES WHERE THE MOST BASIC THING THAT YOUR
  • 00:34:30.140 --> 00:34:33.010
  • AVERAGE AMERICAN TAKES FOR GRANTED IS
  • 00:34:33.030 --> 00:34:35.080
  • CHALLENGED IN THE MEDIA.
  • 00:34:35.100 --> 00:34:36.250
  • IN FACT, NOT JUST CHALLENGED BUT TREATED AS
  • 00:34:36.270 --> 00:34:38.180
  • THOUGH THE OPPOSITE IS MANIFESTLY TRUE.
  • 00:34:38.200 --> 00:34:42.020
  • WHETHER YOU'RE DEALING WITH TRANSGENDER OR
  • 00:34:42.040 --> 00:34:44.130
  • ANYTHING. WE'RE LIVING IN TRULY CRAZY TIMES.
  • 00:34:44.150 --> 00:34:47.120
  • I NONE THE LESS HAVE HOPE.
  • 00:34:47.140 --> 00:34:50.040
  • DENNIS PRAGER, WE HAVE A FEW MINUTES LEFT TO TALK
  • 00:34:50.060 --> 00:34:52.030
  • ABOUT YOUR BRAND-NEW BOOK, THE RATIONAL BIBLE.
  • 00:34:52.050 --> 00:34:56.040
  • I CAN HEAR YOU SAYING THIS IN YOUR VOICE,
  • 00:34:56.060 --> 00:34:58.110
  • THE RATIONAL BIBLE.
  • 00:34:58.130 --> 00:35:01.290
  • YOU SAID YOUR HOPE IS TO CHANGE LIVES WITH THIS
  • 00:35:02.010 --> 00:35:04.250
  • BOOK. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN TEACHING THE BIBLE ALL OF
  • 00:35:04.270 --> 00:35:09.120
  • THESE DECADES? WHERE DO YOU DO THIS?
  • 00:35:09.140 --> 00:35:11.270
  • - THE ORIGINAL TEACHING OF IT THAT I DID WAS
  • 00:35:11.290 --> 00:35:17.080
  • ALWAYS AT A JEWISH INSTITUTION, AT A
  • 00:35:17.100 --> 00:35:19.090
  • SYNAGOGUE OR JEWISH UNIVERSITY IN LOS ANGELES
  • 00:35:19.110 --> 00:35:22.040
  • WHERE I DID THE 18 YEARS OF VERSE BY VERSE.
  • 00:35:22.060 --> 00:35:24.170
  • HALF MY STUDENTS WERE CHRISTIAN, HALF WERE JEWISH,
  • 00:35:24.190 --> 00:35:27.100
  • AND HALF WERE NOTHING. I KNOW THAT'S THREE HALVES
  • 00:35:27.120 --> 00:35:29.270
  • BUT IT BASICALLY WORKED OUT THAT WAY.
  • 00:35:29.290 --> 00:35:31.160
  • - BETTER THAN TWO HALVES.
  • 00:35:31.180 --> 00:35:33.190
  • - NO QUESTION. AND I LOVE THAT.
  • 00:35:33.210 --> 00:35:36.040
  • I LOVE THAT THEY WERE PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T THINK
  • 00:35:36.060 --> 00:35:40.030
  • THEY'D BE CAUGHT DEAD IN A BIBLE CLASS, BUT THEY
  • 00:35:40.050 --> 00:35:43.060
  • SHOWED UP BECAUSE IT'S THE GREATEST WORK IN HISTORY.
  • 00:35:43.080 --> 00:35:46.170
  • EVEN IF YOU HATE IT, YOU HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE IT'S
  • 00:35:46.190 --> 00:35:49.100
  • THE MOST INFLUENTIAL WORK IN HISTORY.
  • 00:35:49.120 --> 00:35:50.290
  • I WOULD THINK EVEN IF YOU'RE JUST
  • 00:35:51.010 --> 00:35:52.190
  • INTELLECTUALLY CURIOUS, IF YOU'RE ALIVE,
  • 00:35:52.210 --> 00:35:54.260
  • YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY.
  • 00:35:54.280 --> 00:35:56.030
  • - EXACTLY.
  • 00:35:56.050 --> 00:35:57.120
  • - AND I THINK THIS WILL HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND
  • 00:35:57.140 --> 00:36:00.110
  • WOW, JUST LET ME GIVE YOU ONE QUICK EXAMPLE ABOUT
  • 00:36:00.130 --> 00:36:02.290
  • SLAVERY BECAUSE THAT'S COVERED IN EXODUS.
  • 00:36:03.010 --> 00:36:04.150
  • THERE'S A LOT ABOUT SLAVERY IN MY BOOK,
  • 00:36:04.170 --> 00:36:07.030
  • AND IT'S OBVIOUSLY A COMPLEX ISSUE.
  • 00:36:07.050 --> 00:36:09.050
  • BUT PEOPLE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, THEY HAVE TO
  • 00:36:09.070 --> 00:36:13.110
  • ASK REALLY ONE QUESTION, NOT WHO HAD SLAVERY.
  • 00:36:13.130 --> 00:36:16.190
  • THE ANSWER IS EVERY SOCIETY IN THE HISTORY OF
  • 00:36:16.210 --> 00:36:18.270
  • THE WORLD. SO AN INTELLIGENT QUESTION
  • 00:36:18.290 --> 00:36:21.110
  • IS NOT WHO HAD SLAVERY.
  • 00:36:21.130 --> 00:36:23.120
  • THE ONLY INTELLIGENT QUESTION IS
  • 00:36:23.140 --> 00:36:25.040
  • WHO ABOLISHED SLAVERY.
  • 00:36:25.060 --> 00:36:27.060
  • AND THE ANSWER IS THE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVED
  • 00:36:27.080 --> 00:36:28.200
  • IN THIS BOOK.
  • 00:36:28.220 --> 00:36:30.000
  • ONLY THE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVED IN THIS BOOK.
  • 00:36:30.020 --> 00:36:32.190
  • - I WANT TO APPLAUD BUT I CAN'T BECAUSE IT'S MY
  • 00:36:32.210 --> 00:36:35.200
  • SHOW, BUT LET ME JUST SAY HONESTLY,
  • 00:36:35.220 --> 00:36:38.100
  • [APPLAUSE] THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
  • 00:36:38.120 --> 00:36:41.270
  • THAT'S A POINT THAT NEEDS TO BE MADE, AND I MAKE
  • 00:36:41.290 --> 00:36:44.090
  • THE SAME POINT IN A NUMBER OF MY BOOKS THAT
  • 00:36:44.110 --> 00:36:46.150
  • IT WAS THE PEOPLE, IT WAS THE JESUS FREAKS OF THEIR
  • 00:36:46.170 --> 00:36:50.270
  • DAY. IT WASN'T THE PIOUS CHURCH GOERS IN THE
  • 00:36:50.290 --> 00:36:53.010
  • CHURCH OF ENGLAND.
  • 00:36:53.030 --> 00:36:54.080
  • IT WAS THE METHODISTS, THE ENTHUSIASTS,
  • 00:36:54.100 --> 00:36:56.230
  • THE QUAKERS, THE BIBLE BANGERS WHO TOOK THE BOOK
  • 00:36:56.250 --> 00:37:01.110
  • SERIOUSLY AND SAID SLAVERY IS WRONG,
  • 00:37:01.130 --> 00:37:03.090
  • WE MUST ABOLISH IT.
  • 00:37:03.110 --> 00:37:04.240
  • SAME THING IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
  • 00:37:04.260 --> 00:37:06.230
  • AND WE FORGET THAT THAT IS HOW SLAVERY ENDED.
  • 00:37:06.250 --> 00:37:10.220
  • - ALSO, PEOPLE SAY "WELL THE BIBLE DEFENDS SLAVERY."
  • 00:37:10.240 --> 00:37:14.200
  • THE BIBLE DOESN'T DEFEND SLAVERY.
  • 00:37:14.220 --> 00:37:16.030
  • FIRST OF ALL, GOD'S TWO GREAT ACTS IN THE
  • 00:37:16.050 --> 00:37:18.040
  • OLD TESTAMENT ARE CREATION AND EXODUS.
  • 00:37:18.060 --> 00:37:20.090
  • WHY WOULD GOD FREE SLAVES IF HE LIKED SLAVERY?
  • 00:37:20.110 --> 00:37:23.070
  • - THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.
  • 00:37:23.090 --> 00:37:25.150
  • THAT'S ACTUALLY KIND OF FUNNY.
  • 00:37:25.170 --> 00:37:27.000
  • WHY WOULD GOD FREE SLAVES IF HE LIKED SLAVERY?
  • 00:37:27.020 --> 00:37:29.190
  • - AND WHERE ELSE DID HE ACT-- REALLY, GOD'S
  • 00:37:29.210 --> 00:37:32.030
  • MONUMENTAL ACTIONS ARE ONLY THREE
  • 00:37:32.050 --> 00:37:34.050
  • IN THE ENTIRE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 00:37:34.070 --> 00:37:36.060
  • AND THAT IS CREATION, FLOOD, AND EXODUS.
  • 00:37:36.080 --> 00:37:39.280
  • THAT'S IT, SO THAT'S PRETTY BIG, AND GOD
  • 00:37:40.000 --> 00:37:43.040
  • BROUGHT THE FLOOD BECAUSE PEOPLE ACTED EVILLY.
  • 00:37:43.060 --> 00:37:45.200
  • GOD LOVES GOODNESS.
  • 00:37:45.220 --> 00:37:47.100
  • THAT'S MY BIGGEST THEME OF ALL.
  • 00:37:47.120 --> 00:37:48.260
  • THAT'S MY BIGGEST BELIEF, GOD LOVES GOODNESS.
  • 00:37:48.280 --> 00:37:51.050
  • BUT I ALWAYS SAY TO MYSELF I WISH I WERE
  • 00:37:51.070 --> 00:37:54.280
  • AROUND WHEN THEY DEBATED -- WHEN
  • 00:37:55.000 --> 00:37:58.020
  • RELIGIOUS JEWS AND CHRISTIANS DEBATED --
  • 00:37:58.040 --> 00:38:00.070
  • SLAVERY BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE SAID TO THEM,
  • 00:38:00.090 --> 00:38:02.050
  • "WHAT IS THE DEBATE?"
  • 00:38:02.070 --> 00:38:04.010
  • DO YOU KNOW THAT "DO NOT STEAL", THE 7TH
  • 00:38:04.030 --> 00:38:06.260
  • COMMANDMENT, "DO NOT STEAL" ALWAYS WAS
  • 00:38:06.280 --> 00:38:09.150
  • UNDERSTOOD ALWAYS AS FIRST YOU DO NOT STEAL PEOPLE.
  • 00:38:09.170 --> 00:38:13.240
  • SECONDARILY, IT WAS UNDERSTOOD AS YOU DO
  • 00:38:13.260 --> 00:38:15.220
  • NOT STEAL PROPERTY.
  • 00:38:15.240 --> 00:38:17.270
  • AND WHAT WE DID IN AFRICAN SLAVERY IS WE STOLE PEOPLE.
  • 00:38:17.290 --> 00:38:20.230
  • IT WAS WRONG FROM THE OUTSET.
  • 00:38:20.250 --> 00:38:23.170
  • FORGET WHAT HAPPENED INSIDE OF AMERICA,
  • 00:38:23.190 --> 00:38:26.190
  • WHICH IS BAD ENOUGH.
  • 00:38:26.210 --> 00:38:28.180
  • THE STEALING OF PEOPLE IS BANNED BY THE TEN
  • 00:38:28.200 --> 00:38:30.110
  • COMMANDMENTS.
  • 00:38:30.130 --> 00:38:32.030
  • - I'D LIKE TO TURN THINGS OVER TO THE
  • 00:38:32.050 --> 00:38:33.250
  • AUDIENCE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE I'M A LITTLE FATIGUED.
  • 00:38:33.270 --> 00:38:35.140
  • MAYBE THEY CAN PICK IT UP HERE.
  • 00:38:35.160 --> 00:38:37.070
  • WE'RE GOING TO -- WE DON'T GET TO DO THIS NORMALLY.
  • 00:38:37.090 --> 00:38:40.190
  • WE HAVE AN AUDIENCE AND A BEAUTIFUL THEATER,
  • 00:38:40.210 --> 00:38:43.160
  • AND I KNOW THAT THE CONVERSATION YOU AND I
  • 00:38:43.180 --> 00:38:46.280
  • HAVE HAD HAS PROVOKED QUESTIONS IN THE MINDS
  • 00:38:47.000 --> 00:38:49.250
  • OF MANY OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS AUDIENCE.
  • 00:38:49.270 --> 00:38:51.200
  • ONLY A FEW OF THEM WILL BE WILLING TO ADMIT IT
  • 00:38:51.220 --> 00:38:53.130
  • AND RAISE THEIR HANDS AND ASK THE QUESTION.
  • 00:38:53.150 --> 00:38:56.030
  • DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS THEY WANT TO
  • 00:38:56.050 --> 00:38:57.230
  • ASK OF DENNIS?
  • 00:38:57.250 --> 00:38:59.160
  • YES, SIR, YOU LOOK JUST LIKE A FRIEND OF MINE
  • 00:38:59.180 --> 00:39:01.250
  • NAMED BRUCE BUFF.
  • 00:39:01.270 --> 00:39:03.150
  • BRUCE BUFF LOOK ALIKE, GO AHEAD.
  • 00:39:03.170 --> 00:39:05.110
  • - WHAT DO YOU SAY TO PEOPLE WHO SAY -- AND
  • 00:39:05.130 --> 00:39:08.050
  • IT'S ALL TOO PREVALENT -- THAT THE EXODUS
  • 00:39:08.070 --> 00:39:09.240
  • DIDN'T HAPPEN, THAT MOSES DIDN'T EXIST, AND
  • 00:39:09.260 --> 00:39:11.160
  • THE TEN COMMANDMENTS CAME FROM THE HAMMURABI CODE?
  • 00:39:11.180 --> 00:39:14.150
  • - ALL RIGHT, SO THERE ARE THREE DIFFERENT
  • 00:39:14.170 --> 00:39:16.220
  • ONES ABOUT THE EXODUS, THE MOSES AND HAMMURABI
  • 00:39:16.240 --> 00:39:18.270
  • CODE, THAT IT CAME FROM THE HAMMURABI CODE, FINE.
  • 00:39:18.290 --> 00:39:21.140
  • SO NUMBER ONE, I HAVE TWO ANSWERS ON THE EXODUS.
  • 00:39:21.160 --> 00:39:27.020
  • I HAVE MANY, MANY, BUT I HAVE TWO AGAIN,
  • 00:39:27.040 --> 00:39:29.140
  • BECAUSE IT'S CALLED THE RATIONAL BIBLE.
  • 00:39:29.160 --> 00:39:31.060
  • I HAVE TWO RATIONAL ANSWERS.
  • 00:39:31.080 --> 00:39:33.070
  • ONE IS FROM A SCHOLAR.
  • 00:39:33.090 --> 00:39:35.220
  • IT WAS RICHARD ELLIOT FREEDMAN, AND HE MADE A
  • 00:39:35.240 --> 00:39:39.060
  • VERY POWERFUL POINT, AND THAT IS THE MOST
  • 00:39:39.080 --> 00:39:44.090
  • FREQUENT LAW IN THE HEBREW BIBLE IS LOVE
  • 00:39:44.110 --> 00:39:48.290
  • THE STRANGER, AND IT IS ALMOST ALWAYS APPENDED
  • 00:39:49.010 --> 00:39:53.180
  • WITH "BECAUSE YOU WERE STRANGERS IN THE LAND
  • 00:39:53.200 --> 00:39:56.040
  • OF EGYPT." AND HE MAKES THE COMMON
  • 00:39:56.060 --> 00:39:58.290
  • SENSE POINT -- AND I BELIEVE COMMON SENSE
  • 00:39:59.010 --> 00:40:01.190
  • TRUMPS ALL -- HE MAKES THE COMMON SENSE POINT
  • 00:40:01.210 --> 00:40:05.210
  • THE HEBREWS HEARING THAT, IF THEY HAD NOT
  • 00:40:05.230 --> 00:40:08.100
  • BEEN SLAVES IN EGYPT, WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT'S
  • 00:40:08.120 --> 00:40:10.070
  • THE MOST BIZARRE LAW THEY COULD EVER IMAGINE.
  • 00:40:10.090 --> 00:40:13.110
  • IF I SAID TO YOU, ERIC, I WANT YOU TO LOVE
  • 00:40:13.130 --> 00:40:17.080
  • PEOPLE IN IDAHO BECAUSE AFTER ALL, YOU GREW UP IN IDAHO.
  • 00:40:17.100 --> 00:40:21.240
  • YOU WOULD SAY, DENNIS, YOU'RE REALLY FLIPPING OUT.
  • 00:40:21.260 --> 00:40:25.000
  • I WAS NEVER IN IDAHO, OR I WAS THERE FOR TWO DAYS.
  • 00:40:25.020 --> 00:40:29.000
  • - WAS HAMMURABI EVER IN IDAHO?
  • 00:40:29.020 --> 00:40:30.170
  • - YES, AND THAT'S MY SECOND POINT.
  • 00:40:30.190 --> 00:40:31.280
  • - OKAY.
  • 00:40:32.000 --> 00:40:33.140
  • - IN FACT, THAT'S MY NEXT BOOK, HAMMURABI IN IDAHO.
  • 00:40:33.160 --> 00:40:35.040
  • - THANK YOU.
  • 00:40:35.060 --> 00:40:36.210
  • - IT'S BEING MADE INTO A MOVIE.
  • 00:40:36.230 --> 00:40:38.110
  • SO THERE WAS A VERY POWERFUL ARGUMENT.
  • 00:40:38.130 --> 00:40:40.170
  • WHY WOULD ANYBODY -- NUMBER TWO, IN THE
  • 00:40:40.190 --> 00:40:43.140
  • HISTORY OF WORLD, NO ONE, NO NATION EVER
  • 00:40:43.160 --> 00:40:47.090
  • MADE UP A HISTORY AS IGNOMINIOUS AS THE JEWS
  • 00:40:47.110 --> 00:40:51.030
  • HISTORY IN THE HEBREW BIBLE, IN THEIR OWN BIBLE.
  • 00:40:51.050 --> 00:40:54.140
  • GUESS WHAT? WE WERE SLAVES. NOBODY DOES THAT.
  • 00:40:54.160 --> 00:40:58.050
  • WE WERE HEROES. WE WERE WARRIORS.
  • 00:40:58.070 --> 00:41:00.260
  • WE WERE CONQUERORS. NOT WE WERE SLAVES.
  • 00:41:00.280 --> 00:41:03.260
  • SO THOSE TWO ARE VERY, VERY POWERFUL ARGUMENTS
  • 00:41:03.280 --> 00:41:06.270
  • TO MY MIND. NEXT, MOSES.
  • 00:41:06.290 --> 00:41:10.130
  • OKAY, SO IF MOSES DIDN'T EXIST, SOMEBODY
  • 00:41:10.150 --> 00:41:12.190
  • LIKE MOSES DID.
  • 00:41:12.210 --> 00:41:15.070
  • IT DOESN'T -- THESE ARE ARGUMENTS -- I ADMIT IT.
  • 00:41:15.090 --> 00:41:18.070
  • I CAN'T PROVE MOSES EXISTED.
  • 00:41:18.090 --> 00:41:19.170
  • FINE, I ADMIT IT.
  • 00:41:19.190 --> 00:41:21.070
  • IT DOESN'T MEAN A THING TO ME THAT I CAN'T
  • 00:41:21.090 --> 00:41:22.170
  • PROVE MOSES EXISTED.
  • 00:41:22.190 --> 00:41:24.140
  • SO HIS NAME WAS JERRY, ALL RIGHT?
  • 00:41:24.160 --> 00:41:25.280
  • JERRY GAVE US THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, FINE.
  • 00:41:26.000 --> 00:41:28.080
  • THE FIVE BOOKS OF JERRY. WHAT DO I CARE?
  • 00:41:28.100 --> 00:41:31.100
  • NUMBER THREE ON HAMMURABI.
  • 00:41:31.120 --> 00:41:34.170
  • CONSTANTLY IN MY BOOK, "THE RATIONAL BIBLE"
  • 00:41:34.190 --> 00:41:39.090
  • IN THE EXODUS AND ELSEWHERE, BUT ESPECIALLY THERE, I
  • 00:41:39.110 --> 00:41:42.290
  • SHOW THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HAMMURABI'S
  • 00:41:43.010 --> 00:41:45.110
  • CODE AND THE BIBLE, THE MORAL DIFFERENCES.
  • 00:41:45.130 --> 00:41:49.260
  • UNDER HAMMURABI'S CODE, IF I KILLED MY
  • 00:41:49.280 --> 00:41:52.000
  • DAUGHTER, MY DAUGHTER WAS KILLED.
  • 00:41:52.020 --> 00:41:54.100
  • IN THESE BOOKS, THESE FIRST FIVE BOOKS, IT IS SPECIFIC.
  • 00:41:54.120 --> 00:41:59.030
  • A CHILD WILL NEVER DIE FOR THE SINS OF A PARENT.
  • 00:41:59.050 --> 00:42:03.070
  • AND I GIVE EXAMPLE AFTER EXAMPLE OF THE
  • 00:42:03.090 --> 00:42:05.290
  • UTTER MORAL DISTINCTION BETWEEN HAMMURABI AND
  • 00:42:06.010 --> 00:42:08.260
  • THESE BOOKS.
  • 00:42:08.280 --> 00:42:11.120
  • - WOW, THAT'S PRETTY GOOD, DENNIS.
  • 00:42:11.140 --> 00:42:13.150
  • I THINK YOU KNOW YOUR STUFF.
  • 00:42:13.170 --> 00:42:15.030
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:42:15.050 --> 00:42:16.260
  • YOU KNOW, IT'S SO FUNNY BECAUSE I'VE ALWAYS
  • 00:42:16.280 --> 00:42:18.100
  • THOUGHT OF YOU AS A FRAUD UNTIL TONIGHT.
  • 00:42:18.120 --> 00:42:19.180
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • 00:42:19.200 --> 00:42:21.130
  • UNTIL TODAY. OKAY, SO.
  • 00:42:21.150 --> 00:42:22.260
  • - IT WAS WORTH COMING.
  • 00:42:22.280 --> 00:42:24.090
  • - ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? YES, SIR. THE MAN IN THE HAT.
  • 00:42:24.110 --> 00:42:26.120
  • - DOES HE LOOK LIKE BRUCE?
  • 00:42:26.140 --> 00:42:27.280
  • - NO, NOT AT ALL, NOT AT ALL.
  • 00:42:28.000 --> 00:42:29.100
  • - DENNIS, DO YOU THINK THAT THE RATIONAL
  • 00:42:29.120 --> 00:42:31.200
  • PRINCIPLES AND RULES OF THE HEBREWS HAD ANY
  • 00:42:31.220 --> 00:42:34.140
  • IMPACT AT ALL OR TO WHAT EXTENT WAS THERE
  • 00:42:34.160 --> 00:42:37.280
  • AN IMPACT ON THE RATIONAL PEOPLES
  • 00:42:38.000 --> 00:42:40.090
  • FURTHER TO THE EAST IN ATHENS AND IN ROME?
  • 00:42:40.110 --> 00:42:42.080
  • - THERE'S NO WAY OF KNOWING.
  • 00:42:42.100 --> 00:42:44.180
  • IT IS A VERY INTERESTING QUESTION
  • 00:42:44.200 --> 00:42:46.230
  • WHETHER THERE WAS AWARENESS OF THIS AMONG
  • 00:42:46.250 --> 00:42:48.280
  • THE ANCIENT GREEKS, AND I --
  • 00:42:49.000 --> 00:42:50.210
  • - AND I CAN SAY SPEAKING AS A GREEK,
  • 00:42:50.230 --> 00:42:52.020
  • HOW DARE YOU. IT'S PREPOSTEROUS.
  • 00:42:52.040 --> 00:42:54.220
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • 00:42:54.240 --> 00:42:56.190
  • - OKAY, THERE YOU GO.
  • 00:42:56.210 --> 00:42:58.120
  • WE DON'T KNOW, BUT AMERICA WAS FOUNDED --
  • 00:42:58.140 --> 00:43:01.230
  • THEY SAY FREQUENTLY, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PHRASE
  • 00:43:01.250 --> 00:43:04.070
  • -- AMERICA WAS FOUNDED IN ATHENS AND
  • 00:43:04.090 --> 00:43:07.150
  • JERUSALEM, AND I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT.
  • 00:43:07.170 --> 00:43:10.150
  • BUT IF I HAD TO PICK ONE AS MORE DOMINANT,
  • 00:43:10.170 --> 00:43:13.270
  • IT WOULD BE JERUSALEM.
  • 00:43:13.290 --> 00:43:15.180
  • - ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? FOLKS, YES?
  • 00:43:15.200 --> 00:43:18.130
  • - WELL, FROM ONE DENNIS TO ANOTHER AND
  • 00:43:18.150 --> 00:43:20.200
  • TO ERIC, GOD BLESS BOTH OF YOU VERY MUCH.
  • 00:43:20.220 --> 00:43:22.230
  • YOU'RE DOING A WONDERFUL JOB.
  • 00:43:22.250 --> 00:43:24.200
  • - THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
  • 00:43:24.220 --> 00:43:26.140
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:43:26.160 --> 00:43:28.290
  • NOW, WITH ALL OF THESE GREAT WORDS AND WORDS
  • 00:43:29.010 --> 00:43:31.110
  • OF WISDOM, TELL US, WE NEED TO AMPLIFY WHAT
  • 00:43:31.130 --> 00:43:34.230
  • YOU'RE DOING. GIVE US AN ACTION ITEM.
  • 00:43:34.250 --> 00:43:36.210
  • GIVE US AN ASSIGNMENT BECAUSE I'M WORRIED.
  • 00:43:36.230 --> 00:43:40.010
  • I REALLY AM.
  • 00:43:40.030 --> 00:43:41.200
  • I'M CONCERNED THAT WE ARE NOT INDIVIDUALLY
  • 00:43:41.220 --> 00:43:43.180
  • DOING ENOUGH TO MAKE THESE THINGS WORK FOR
  • 00:43:43.200 --> 00:43:45.240
  • US BECAUSE I FEEL, AS ERIC SAID, THIS IS A WACKY TIME.
  • 00:43:45.260 --> 00:43:49.230
  • I MEAN, THIS IS LIKE 1984.
  • 00:43:49.250 --> 00:43:53.030
  • EVERYTHING'S THE OPPOSITE.
  • 00:43:53.060 --> 00:43:54.260
  • - IT IS, AND I'M SURE ERIC WILL HAVE HIS RESPONSE,
  • 00:43:54.280 --> 00:43:58.050
  • SO I'LL JUST BEGIN WITH THIS: THE GENERATION OF
  • 00:43:58.070 --> 00:44:05.290
  • MY PARENTS, THE WORLD WAR TWO GENERATION AND
  • 00:44:06.010 --> 00:44:10.130
  • THE GREAT DEPRESSION GENERATION, THEY ARE
  • 00:44:10.150 --> 00:44:13.160
  • CALLED THE GREATEST GENERATION.
  • 00:44:13.180 --> 00:44:15.090
  • MY FATHER HIMSELF FOUGHT THREE YEARS IN
  • 00:44:15.110 --> 00:44:17.130
  • THE NAVY IN WORLD WAR TWO, AND THEY
  • 00:44:17.150 --> 00:44:19.110
  • CERTAINLY DESERVE GREAT ACCOLADES.
  • 00:44:19.130 --> 00:44:22.280
  • WHETHER THEY WERE THE GREATEST GENERATION,
  • 00:44:23.000 --> 00:44:24.260
  • I CAN'T JUDGE.
  • 00:44:24.280 --> 00:44:26.180
  • THEY WERE A GREAT GENERATION, BUT THEY
  • 00:44:26.200 --> 00:44:28.180
  • MADE ONE, UNFORTUNATELY, ALMOST FATAL MISTAKE.
  • 00:44:28.200 --> 00:44:33.100
  • THEY DID NOT TEACH THEIR CHILDREN WHAT
  • 00:44:33.120 --> 00:44:36.000
  • THEY HAD LEARNED.
  • 00:44:36.020 --> 00:44:38.130
  • THEY WERE SO PREOCCUPIED WITH GIVING
  • 00:44:38.150 --> 00:44:41.000
  • THEIR CHILDREN WHAT THEY DIDN'T HAVE, MONEY
  • 00:44:41.020 --> 00:44:43.200
  • AND PEACE, THAT THEY DIDN'T GIVE THEIR
  • 00:44:43.220 --> 00:44:46.160
  • CHILDREN WHAT THEY DID HAVE, WHICH WAS A LOVE
  • 00:44:46.180 --> 00:44:49.240
  • OF AMERICA AND A LOVE OF THE BIBLE.
  • 00:44:49.260 --> 00:44:52.270
  • SO A WHOLE GENERATION WAS RAISED WITHOUT
  • 00:44:52.290 --> 00:44:56.090
  • UNDERSTANDING WHY AMERICA IS GREAT AND
  • 00:44:56.110 --> 00:44:59.060
  • NOT UNDERSTANDING WHY THE JUDEO CHRISTIAN
  • 00:44:59.080 --> 00:45:01.170
  • VALUES THAT MADE AMERICA WERE GREAT.
  • 00:45:01.190 --> 00:45:04.090
  • SO THEY GOT A GREAT COUNTRY BUT DIDN'T HAVE
  • 00:45:04.110 --> 00:45:08.130
  • A CLUE AS TO WHY IT WAS GREAT, AND THIS IS MY
  • 00:45:08.150 --> 00:45:12.140
  • GENERATION, THE BABY BOOMERS.
  • 00:45:12.160 --> 00:45:15.020
  • AS I OFTEN SAY, THE GREATEST GENERATION
  • 00:45:15.040 --> 00:45:18.030
  • RAISED THE MOST NARCISSISTIC GENERATION
  • 00:45:18.050 --> 00:45:20.090
  • IN AMERICAN HISTORY.
  • 00:45:20.110 --> 00:45:22.170
  • SO EVERY PARENT HAS TO RESUME THE TEACHING OF
  • 00:45:22.190 --> 00:45:26.000
  • THESE VALUES ON A DAILY BASIS, AND THAT IS WHAT
  • 00:45:26.020 --> 00:45:29.230
  • PARENTS NEED -- THEY ARE MUCH MORE
  • 00:45:29.250 --> 00:45:31.190
  • PREOCCUPIED WITH GETTING THEIR KID INTO
  • 00:45:31.210 --> 00:45:33.150
  • YALE THAN THEY ARE GETTING THEIR
  • 00:45:33.170 --> 00:45:35.100
  • KID INTO THE BIBLE.
  • 00:45:35.120 --> 00:45:36.290
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • 00:45:37.010 --> 00:45:39.270
  • - YEAH, WELL, THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 00:45:39.290 --> 00:45:42.220
  • OF COURSE THAT'S RIGHT, AND SINCE HE ASKED THE
  • 00:45:42.240 --> 00:45:45.010
  • QUESTION, THE OTHER DENNIS ASKED THE
  • 00:45:45.030 --> 00:45:47.190
  • QUESTION OF THE BOTH OF US, I CAN SAY MY ANSWER
  • 00:45:47.210 --> 00:45:50.080
  • IS SIMILAR, BUT I WOULD SAY 15% BETTER.
  • 00:45:50.100 --> 00:45:52.270
  • NO, THAT'S NOT TRUE.
  • 00:45:52.290 --> 00:45:55.020
  • - I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT.
  • 00:45:55.040 --> 00:45:56.230
  • - BUT IT IS SIMILAR IN THE SENSE THAT I
  • 00:45:56.250 --> 00:45:58.210
  • ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT I WROTE A BOOK CALLED "IF
  • 00:45:58.230 --> 00:46:01.130
  • YOU CAN KEEP IT, THE FORGOTTEN PROMISE OF
  • 00:46:01.150 --> 00:46:03.010
  • AMERICAN LIBERTY." WHY DID I WRITE THE BOOK?
  • 00:46:03.030 --> 00:46:05.010
  • I WROTE THE BOOK BECAUSE I AM CONVINCED
  • 00:46:05.030 --> 00:46:08.220
  • THAT IF WE DO NOT COMMUNICATE WHAT IS IN
  • 00:46:08.240 --> 00:46:11.140
  • THAT BOOK, THE BASICS -- I PUT THE BASICS IN
  • 00:46:11.160 --> 00:46:13.250
  • THAT BOOK -- IF WE DON'T COMMUNICATE THAT
  • 00:46:13.270 --> 00:46:17.030
  • TO THIS GENERATION, WE'RE DEAD. IT'S GAME OVER.
  • 00:46:17.050 --> 00:46:20.080
  • SO YOU'VE GOT TO PRETEND THAT THERE'S A
  • 00:46:20.100 --> 00:46:22.040
  • GUN TO YOUR HEAD BECAUSE THERE'S A GUN
  • 00:46:22.060 --> 00:46:23.280
  • TO YOUR HEAD. IT'S THAT BAD.
  • 00:46:24.000 --> 00:46:25.230
  • IT'S NOT 1980 WHERE THINGS ARE BAD,
  • 00:46:25.250 --> 00:46:28.120
  • THEY'RE GETTING WORSE.
  • 00:46:28.140 --> 00:46:30.000
  • NO, NO, WE HAVE NOTHING LEFT.
  • 00:46:30.020 --> 00:46:32.100
  • THERE'S NO MORE FUMES IN THE TANK.
  • 00:46:32.120 --> 00:46:34.100
  • WE'RE GOING TO BE PULLING OVER BY THE
  • 00:46:34.120 --> 00:46:35.250
  • SIDE OF THE ROAD.
  • 00:46:35.270 --> 00:46:37.170
  • WE'RE OUT OF GAS, AND WE'RE JUST ABOUT OUT OF FUMES.
  • 00:46:37.190 --> 00:46:39.080
  • SO EVERYTHING THAT I WERE, ALL I CAN SAY TO
  • 00:46:39.100 --> 00:46:42.170
  • MY AUDIENCE IS I BEG YOU, GIVE MY BOOKS TO YOUR FRIENDS.
  • 00:46:42.190 --> 00:46:46.080
  • TELL THEM ABOUT THIS RADIO SHOW.
  • 00:46:46.100 --> 00:46:49.060
  • WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO, THERE ARE SO MANY
  • 00:46:49.080 --> 00:46:51.210
  • PEOPLE THAT HAVE NEVER HEARD OF DENNIS PRAGER
  • 00:46:51.230 --> 00:46:53.280
  • AND MANY, MANY MORE PEOPLE THAT HAVE NEVER
  • 00:46:54.000 --> 00:46:56.010
  • HEARD OF ERIC METAXIS, AND WE TALK ABOUT THESE THINGS.
  • 00:46:56.030 --> 00:46:58.140
  • OBVIOUSLY, IT'S NOT JUST FOR US.
  • 00:46:58.160 --> 00:47:00.140
  • DENNIS SAID THAT WHEN HE WAS YOUNG, HE WANTED
  • 00:47:00.160 --> 00:47:02.140
  • TO LEAD PEOPLE TO THE GOOD.
  • 00:47:02.160 --> 00:47:05.150
  • WAS THAT HOW YOU PUT IT?
  • 00:47:05.170 --> 00:47:07.030
  • - INFLUENCE PEOPLE.
  • 00:47:07.050 --> 00:47:08.230
  • - INFLUENCE PEOPLE TOWARD THE GOOD, AND I
  • 00:47:08.250 --> 00:47:10.110
  • FEEL THE SAME WAY, BUT I THINK THAT THERE IS
  • 00:47:10.130 --> 00:47:12.000
  • AN URGENCY RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:47:12.020 --> 00:47:13.220
  • SO I WOULD SAY WHATEVER SPHERE OF INFLUENCE YOU
  • 00:47:13.240 --> 00:47:15.110
  • HAVE, I WOULD BEG YOU TO DO WHAT YOU CAN TO
  • 00:47:15.130 --> 00:47:17.140
  • LET PEOPLE KNOW OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE HELPED
  • 00:47:17.160 --> 00:47:20.020
  • YOU BECAUSE REALLY, WE DON'T HAVE THE
  • 00:47:20.040 --> 00:47:23.110
  • ADVERTISING BUDGET TO DO IT. THIS IS THE KIND OF THING
  • 00:47:23.130 --> 00:47:25.120
  • THAT OUR LISTENERS HAVE TO DO IT. SO I'LL LEAVE IT AT THAT.
  • 00:47:25.140 --> 00:47:28.130
  • WE NEED YOUR HELP, FOLKS. WE NEED YOUR HELP.
  • 00:47:28.150 --> 00:47:30.160
  • THERE'S A MAN UP THERE WITH HIS HAND UP.
  • 00:47:30.180 --> 00:47:32.050
  • I ASSUME THAT MEANS HE HAS A QUESTION. HE HAS NO MICROPHONE.
  • 00:47:32.070 --> 00:47:34.120
  • - THERE'S A MAN WITH A MICROPHONE RIGHT.
  • 00:47:34.140 --> 00:47:35.290
  • - WE'LL TAKE YOUR QUESTION FIRST.
  • 00:47:36.010 --> 00:47:37.140
  • - THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
  • 00:47:37.160 --> 00:47:39.100
  • PREVIOUS QUESTION ASKED ABOUT THE CALL TO
  • 00:47:39.120 --> 00:47:41.040
  • ACTION, SO TALKING ABOUT OBLIGATIONS VERSUS RIGHTS.
  • 00:47:41.060 --> 00:47:46.090
  • DO YOU HAVE ANY QUICK CALLS TO ACTION,
  • 00:47:46.110 --> 00:47:50.000
  • VERBIAGE THAT WE CAN USE TO MAKE THAT
  • 00:47:50.020 --> 00:47:52.110
  • COMPARISON WHEN WE'RE OUT IN THE FIELD, AS IT
  • 00:47:52.130 --> 00:47:55.150
  • WERE, TALKING?
  • 00:47:55.170 --> 00:47:57.240
  • - YOU MEAN HOW TO PRESENT THAT IDEA?
  • 00:47:57.260 --> 00:47:59.000
  • - YES.
  • 00:47:59.020 --> 00:48:00.150
  • - SURE, SURE, I'LL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE.
  • 00:48:00.170 --> 00:48:02.040
  • I WROTE A PIECE ON THIS.
  • 00:48:02.060 --> 00:48:06.100
  • YOU CAN SEE IT ON THE INTERNET.
  • 00:48:06.120 --> 00:48:07.230
  • IT'S CALLED "THE STORE KEEPER LAW." THERE'S A
  • 00:48:07.250 --> 00:48:10.170
  • JEWISH LAW, AN ANCIENT JEWISH LAW, POST
  • 00:48:10.190 --> 00:48:13.240
  • BIBLICAL IN THE TALMUDIC TIMES, SO
  • 00:48:13.260 --> 00:48:16.010
  • ABOUT THE YEAR 400.
  • 00:48:16.030 --> 00:48:17.210
  • IT'S A VERY OLD LAW, AND IT CHANGED MY LIFE
  • 00:48:17.230 --> 00:48:19.290
  • WHEN I LEARNED IT.
  • 00:48:20.010 --> 00:48:21.290
  • IF YOU ENTER A STORE, YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO
  • 00:48:22.010 --> 00:48:24.220
  • ASK THE STORE KEEPER OF AN ITEM IF YOU KNOW YOU
  • 00:48:24.240 --> 00:48:27.090
  • WON'T BUY IT BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO
  • 00:48:27.110 --> 00:48:30.170
  • RAISE THE HOPES OF THE STORE KEEPER FOR NO REASON.
  • 00:48:30.190 --> 00:48:33.280
  • IT CHANGED MY LIFE, THAT LAW, AND I NEVER
  • 00:48:34.000 --> 00:48:37.160
  • ENTERED A STORE NOT THINKING I HAD MORAL
  • 00:48:37.180 --> 00:48:41.230
  • OBLIGATIONS TO THE PEOPLE WHO WORKED THERE.
  • 00:48:41.250 --> 00:48:45.060
  • IF I GO INTO STARBUCKS, I FEEL THAT I'M
  • 00:48:45.080 --> 00:48:47.280
  • OBLIGATED TO GET A COFFEE.
  • 00:48:48.000 --> 00:48:50.080
  • I CAN'T JUST SIT THERE AND WORK ON MY COMPUTER.
  • 00:48:50.100 --> 00:48:54.260
  • THEY HAVE TO MAKE A LIVING.
  • 00:48:54.280 --> 00:48:56.150
  • THEY HAVE PROVIDED ME AIR-CONDITIONING OR
  • 00:48:56.170 --> 00:48:58.120
  • HEATING, A TABLE, A CHAIR. THEY HAVE PAID THE RENT.
  • 00:48:58.140 --> 00:49:02.200
  • THEY'VE DONE A LOT OF THINGS.
  • 00:49:02.220 --> 00:49:04.170
  • AND SO THIS NOTION, I COULD GIVE YOU EXAMPLE
  • 00:49:04.190 --> 00:49:07.100
  • AFTER EXAMPLE OF THIS NOTION THAT I HAVE AS A
  • 00:49:07.120 --> 00:49:10.220
  • CONSUMER NOT JUST RIGHTS, I HAVE
  • 00:49:10.240 --> 00:49:13.190
  • OBLIGATIONS TO THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THE STORES.
  • 00:49:13.210 --> 00:49:18.120
  • DEPARTMENT STORES HAVE TOLD ME HOW MANY, FOR
  • 00:49:18.140 --> 00:49:22.010
  • EXAMPLE, WOMEN WILL, KNOWING THEY'RE NOT
  • 00:49:22.030 --> 00:49:25.120
  • GOING TO BUY A DRESS, BUT THEY NEED ONE
  • 00:49:25.140 --> 00:49:27.070
  • FOR SATURDAY NIGHT.
  • 00:49:27.090 --> 00:49:29.010
  • THEY WILL SIMPLY BUY IT AND THEN RETURN IT ON
  • 00:49:29.030 --> 00:49:31.120
  • SUNDAY OR MONDAY AFTER HAVING WORN IT TO
  • 00:49:31.140 --> 00:49:33.130
  • THE EVENT THAT THEY WENT TO.
  • 00:49:33.150 --> 00:49:35.290
  • THAT VIOLATES "DO NOT STEAL." YOU HAVE A
  • 00:49:36.010 --> 00:49:38.280
  • MORAL OBLIGATION NOT TO FOOL A STORE KEEPER.
  • 00:49:39.000 --> 00:49:43.020
  • - OR AT LEAST NOT TO PERSPIRE WHILE WEARING THE DRESS.
  • 00:49:43.040 --> 00:49:45.090
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • 00:49:45.110 --> 00:49:47.040
  • - IT'S ANOTHER OBLIGATION.
  • 00:49:47.060 --> 00:49:48.210
  • THERE'S A WHOLE SERIES OF OBLIGATIONS.
  • 00:49:48.230 --> 00:49:50.050
  • THAT IS EXACTLY RIGHT.
  • 00:49:50.070 --> 00:49:51.280
  • THESE THINGS -- THIS IS VERY POWERFUL, THIS
  • 00:49:52.000 --> 00:49:53.280
  • NOTION THAT I HAVE MORAL OBLIGATIONS AND
  • 00:49:54.000 --> 00:49:56.260
  • NOT JUST RIGHTS, AND THE STORE KEEPER IS A
  • 00:49:56.280 --> 00:50:01.230
  • GOOD EXAMPLE. I'LL GIVE YOU JUST ONE MORE.
  • 00:50:01.250 --> 00:50:04.050
  • PEOPLE WHO WILL TAKE THE TIME AT A BEST BUY,
  • 00:50:04.070 --> 00:50:07.240
  • THEY WILL LOOK AT ALL THE SCREEN TVS.
  • 00:50:07.260 --> 00:50:10.140
  • THEY WILL TAKE A HALF HOUR OF SALESMAN
  • 00:50:10.160 --> 00:50:12.170
  • TIME TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY WANT, AND THEN
  • 00:50:12.190 --> 00:50:14.110
  • ORDER IT FROM AMAZON.
  • 00:50:14.130 --> 00:50:16.130
  • NOW, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY.
  • 00:50:16.150 --> 00:50:20.220
  • THE LAW DOESN'T SAY YOU MUST BUY EVERY TIME YOU
  • 00:50:20.240 --> 00:50:23.190
  • ASK THE PRICE, BUT IF YOU KNOW YOU WON'T BUY
  • 00:50:23.210 --> 00:50:27.030
  • IT THERE, DON'T TAKE UP THEIR TIME.
  • 00:50:27.050 --> 00:50:29.060
  • - I MEAN, LET ME USE AN OLD-FASHIONED WORD.
  • 00:50:29.080 --> 00:50:31.090
  • THAT'S CALLED BEING IMMORAL.
  • 00:50:31.110 --> 00:50:33.020
  • - YES.
  • 00:50:33.040 --> 00:50:34.270
  • - IT IS PROFOUNDLY IMMORAL.
  • 00:50:34.290 --> 00:50:36.180
  • - YES.
  • 00:50:36.200 --> 00:50:38.100
  • - AND IF YOU HAVE A FRIEND WHO DOES THAT,
  • 00:50:38.120 --> 00:50:39.270
  • YOU HAVE MY PERMISSION TO SMACK THEM ON THE
  • 00:50:39.290 --> 00:50:41.130
  • BACK OF THE HEAD, NOT SO HARD THAT HE HAS TO
  • 00:50:41.150 --> 00:50:43.030
  • GO TO A DOCTOR, BUT THE POINT IS THAT IF WE
  • 00:50:43.050 --> 00:50:45.010
  • DON'T TELL OUR FRIENDS AND OUR FAMILY AND
  • 00:50:45.030 --> 00:50:48.140
  • EVERYBODY WE KNOW THAT THESE KINDS OF THINGS
  • 00:50:48.160 --> 00:50:50.090
  • ARE WRONG AND SAY SOMETHING LIKE,
  • 00:50:50.110 --> 00:50:51.240
  • "SHAME ON YOU. SHAME ON YOU."
  • 00:50:51.260 --> 00:50:55.090
  • MY DAD WAS IN REAL ESTATE FOR MANY, MANY YEARS, AND
  • 00:50:55.110 --> 00:50:59.110
  • WHEN I WOULD HEAR THAT PEOPLE WOULD TAKE HIM
  • 00:50:59.130 --> 00:51:01.260
  • OUT, AND THEY'D LOOK AT ALL OF THESE HOUSES AND
  • 00:51:01.280 --> 00:51:03.220
  • TAKE UP TONS OF HIS TIME AND NEVER BUY A
  • 00:51:03.240 --> 00:51:05.120
  • HOUSE, I THOUGHT THAT'S NOT NOTHING LESS THAN IMMORAL.
  • 00:51:05.140 --> 00:51:08.070
  • - THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 00:51:08.090 --> 00:51:10.000
  • - IT'S IMMORAL, BUT PEOPLE DO THIS ALL THE TIME.
  • 00:51:10.020 --> 00:51:12.010
  • THEY SAY, I HAVE NO OBLIGATION. I HAVE NO OBLIGATION.
  • 00:51:12.030 --> 00:51:13.130
  • WELL, YOU HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO GOD.
  • 00:51:13.150 --> 00:51:15.040
  • - WE'RE MAKING A NARCISSISTIC SOCIETY BY
  • 00:51:15.060 --> 00:51:17.110
  • JUST TEACHING PEOPLE RIGHTS.
  • 00:51:17.130 --> 00:51:21.030
  • - WOW, YES, THERE'S A QUESTION IN THE BACK THERE.
  • 00:51:21.050 --> 00:51:23.220
  • I DON'T KNOW HOW QUICKLY WE CAN GET TO
  • 00:51:23.240 --> 00:51:25.080
  • THE -- OH, WE'VE GOT ONE HERE.
  • 00:51:25.100 --> 00:51:26.250
  • WHEREVER THE MICROPHONE IS. GO AHEAD, SIR.
  • 00:51:26.270 --> 00:51:28.180
  • - HI, MY NAME IS ED SNYDER, AND I HAVE A
  • 00:51:28.200 --> 00:51:31.210
  • QUESTION FOR YOU, DENNIS.
  • 00:51:31.230 --> 00:51:36.020
  • I LIVE IN LAKEWOOD, NEW JERSEY, WHICH WE
  • 00:51:36.040 --> 00:51:39.050
  • JOKINGLY DOWN HERE CALL BROOKLYN SOUTH.
  • 00:51:39.070 --> 00:51:42.200
  • THERE HAS BEEN SUCH AN EXODUS OF PEOPLE,
  • 00:51:42.220 --> 00:51:46.120
  • HASIDIC JEWS COMING DOWN, INTO THE AREA.
  • 00:51:46.140 --> 00:51:49.220
  • WE HAVE A LOT OF BUILDINGS GOING UP WITH
  • 00:51:49.240 --> 00:51:52.060
  • HEBREW WORDS ON THEM AND SO ON.
  • 00:51:52.080 --> 00:51:55.010
  • I WAS WONDERING IF, IN YOUR BIBLE, OLD
  • 00:51:55.030 --> 00:52:00.090
  • TESTAMENT, HOWEVER THE CORRECT WAY TO SAY IT,
  • 00:52:00.110 --> 00:52:05.040
  • IS THERE ANYTHING THAT WOULD CAUSE THE JEWISH
  • 00:52:05.060 --> 00:52:08.090
  • PEOPLE TO ANTICIPATE THE COMING?
  • 00:52:08.110 --> 00:52:12.110
  • I KNOW THAT THE FIRST TIME, THEY THOUGHT HE
  • 00:52:12.130 --> 00:52:14.090
  • WAS FROM THE ROMANS.
  • 00:52:14.110 --> 00:52:16.190
  • IS THERE ANYTHING IN YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF
  • 00:52:16.210 --> 00:52:19.130
  • JEWISH SCRIPTURE THAT WOULD LEAD US TO
  • 00:52:19.150 --> 00:52:23.180
  • BELIEVE THAT THERE'S SOMETHING GOING ON
  • 00:52:23.200 --> 00:52:26.200
  • SPIRITUALLY, AND IT'S NOT JUST THE FINANCIAL
  • 00:52:26.220 --> 00:52:29.060
  • THING OR WHATEVER THEIR RATIONAL IS.
  • 00:52:29.080 --> 00:52:32.160
  • - ARE YOU OF THE OPINION THAT JEWS
  • 00:52:32.180 --> 00:52:34.270
  • MOVING TO LAKEWOOD IS A SIGN OF THE END TIMES?
  • 00:52:34.290 --> 00:52:36.220
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • 00:52:36.240 --> 00:52:39.180
  • IT SEEMS LIKE THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.
  • 00:52:39.200 --> 00:52:41.090
  • I'M A LITTLE CONFUSED HERE.
  • 00:52:41.110 --> 00:52:42.230
  • IS THERE A RELATIONSHIP THERE?
  • 00:52:42.250 --> 00:52:44.010
  • - NO, NO.
  • 00:52:44.030 --> 00:52:46.040
  • - ARE YOU ASKING DO I THINK THAT AS A JEW
  • 00:52:46.060 --> 00:52:49.010
  • THAT WE'RE LIVING IN A SPECIFIC RELIGIOUS PERIOD?
  • 00:52:49.030 --> 00:52:52.230
  • - I'M WONDERING YES.
  • 00:52:52.250 --> 00:52:55.160
  • - LET ME QUICKLY ANSWER THAT BECAUSE I
  • 00:52:55.180 --> 00:52:58.260
  • KNOW WE'RE REALLY RUNNING OUT OF TIME,
  • 00:52:58.280 --> 00:53:00.290
  • SO I JUST WANT TO SAY THIS.
  • 00:53:01.010 --> 00:53:02.250
  • I DON'T KNOW GOD'S PLANS.
  • 00:53:02.270 --> 00:53:07.060
  • I HAVE TRIED TO LIVE MY LIFE CONSTANTLY NOT
  • 00:53:07.080 --> 00:53:12.180
  • ASKING THOSE QUESTIONS.
  • 00:53:12.200 --> 00:53:13.270
  • I DON'T ASK.
  • 00:53:13.290 --> 00:53:15.140
  • FOR EXAMPLE, I ASK GOD FOR VERY LITTLE.
  • 00:53:15.160 --> 00:53:19.040
  • THIS IS MY OWN PROBLEM, I FULLY ACKNOWLEDGE.
  • 00:53:19.060 --> 00:53:21.230
  • I'M NOT A BIG PETITIONARY PRAYER PERSON.
  • 00:53:21.250 --> 00:53:24.130
  • MY OVERWHELMING QUESTION VIS A VIS GOD
  • 00:53:24.150 --> 00:53:27.120
  • IS ONLY ONE, WHAT DOES GOD ONE OF ME?
  • 00:53:27.140 --> 00:53:30.050
  • AND THAT IS THE BEST WAY I THINK FOR
  • 00:53:30.070 --> 00:53:32.120
  • RELIGIOUS PEOPLE TO LEAD THEIR LIVES, NOT
  • 00:53:32.140 --> 00:53:35.030
  • WHAT DO WE WANT OF GOD, BUT WHAT DOES GOD WANT OF US?
  • 00:53:35.050 --> 00:53:39.090
  • SO I DON'T KNOW IF WE ARE IN A SPECIFIC PERIOD.
  • 00:53:39.110 --> 00:53:43.250
  • I DON'T THINK THAT WAY, AND I'M NOT SAYING THAT
  • 00:53:43.270 --> 00:53:45.250
  • PEOPLE SHOULDN'T. I DON'T. I CAN'T SAY --
  • 00:53:45.270 --> 00:53:49.140
  • - DO YOU THINK THERE'S ANYTHING IN THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES --
  • 00:53:49.160 --> 00:53:51.250
  • - THAT WOULD SUGGEST THAT THIS MOMENT?
  • 00:53:51.270 --> 00:53:53.280
  • EVERYBODY WHO HAS SAID THIS MOMENT HAS BEEN
  • 00:53:54.000 --> 00:53:56.090
  • PROVEN WRONG, AND THEY HAVEN'T LOOKED GOOD.
  • 00:53:56.110 --> 00:53:58.260
  • AND IT'S LIKE THIS IS THE LAST GENERATION.
  • 00:53:58.280 --> 00:54:02.250
  • YOU KNOW IN RUSSIA, THEY BELIEVE THAT 999,
  • 00:54:02.270 --> 00:54:06.080
  • THE END OF THAT YEAR WAS THE END OF THE WORLD.
  • 00:54:06.100 --> 00:54:08.090
  • MANY RUSSIANS WENT INTO GRAVES.
  • 00:54:08.110 --> 00:54:10.150
  • CAN YOU IMAGINE WHEN THE FIRST GUY GOT OUT
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  • OF HIS GRAVE?
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  • - HOW EMBARRASSED HE WAS.
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  • - ON JANUARY FIRST.
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  • - TALK ABOUT HAVING EGG ON YOUR FACE,
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  • CRAWLING OUT OF YOUR GRAVE LIKE OOPS, WE GOT IT WRONG.
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  • - RIGHT.
  • 00:54:21.170 --> 00:54:23.100
  • - WOW, WELL I THINK, UNFORTUNATELY, DENNIS,
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  • WE'RE OUT OF TIME. I'M HAVING FUN HERE.
  • 00:54:25.180 --> 00:54:27.220
  • I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I'M HAVING A LOT OF FUN.
  • 00:54:27.240 --> 00:54:30.030
  • - I AM HAVING FUN, AND I LOVE BEING WITH YOU.
  • 00:54:30.050 --> 00:54:32.080
  • THAT'S THE ONLY REASON I SAID YES.
  • 00:54:32.100 --> 00:54:34.080
  • - I HOPE WE CAN SELL A LOT MORE COPIES OF DENNIS
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  • PRAGER'S "THE RATIONAL BIBLE." CONGRATULATIONS.
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  • I AM SO PROUD OF YOU THAT DID YOU THERE AND
  • 00:54:41.030 --> 00:54:44.060
  • SO PROUD OF GREGORY FOR PUBLISHING THIS, AND SO
  • 00:54:44.080 --> 00:54:46.120
  • THRILLED THAT THERE ARE ENOUGH AMERICANS TO BUY IT.
  • 00:54:46.140 --> 00:54:50.020
  • IT GIVES ME HOPE IN THIS COUNTRY.
  • 00:54:50.040 --> 00:54:51.270
  • - YES, IT DOES.
  • 00:54:51.290 --> 00:54:53.160
  • - SO FOLKS, THIS HAS BEEN THE ERIC METAXIS SHOW.
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  • THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.
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  • THANK YOU FOR LISTENING AT HOME, AND WE'LL
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  • CATCH YOU NEXT TIME.
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  • [APPLAUSE]
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  • [MUSIC]
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