Monday, December 17, 2012 | Posted by: Allen Estrin at 11:22 PM
My dear friend, radio colleague, and Prager University faculty member, Frank Pastore, died today. He had been in a coma following a motorcycle accident on November 19. He was 55 years old.
Until I received the news late this afternoon, I believed that he would come out of that coma and eventually resume his life just as he had left it before the accident. He was that strong, that indomitable, that much a force of nature; you thought that if anyone could pull it off, it would be Frank. But it was not to be.
His life was rich, full of victories and more than his share of defeats. He tells his own story in his excellent autobiography, Shattered: Struck Down, but Not Destroyed which I urge everyone to read. He endured a difficult childhood in Southern California, became a star major league baseball pitcher, and then a popular, highly respected radio talk show host. He succeeded at every task he took on. He did it the hard way: through force of will and a punishing personal work ethic.
“The jock” was a deep thinker with an agile mind. When challenged by his Christian teammates to investigate the claims of Christianity, he took them on. In his words, “he followed the evidence” and, to his initial surprise, the evidence led him right to Jesus Christ to whom he dedicated his life.
He became a student of Christian apologetics and eventually earned his Ph.D. He could discuss baseball managers and hermeneutics with equal facility. His talk show on KKLA in Los Angeles became the most popular show of its kind in the country. He described the show as “the intersection of faith and reason.” It was perfectly apt.
Frank was big, ebullient, and brilliant. You can see this in the two courses he did for Prager University -- “The Four Big Bangs” and “Do You Have Free Will?” I’m grateful they exist. They are a witness to the man he was.
He was a great fighter for the Judeo-Christian values we hold dear. He was just coming into his prime as a spokesman for those values. One despairs to think of the things he had still had to accomplish.
The world is smaller without Frank Pastore in it. And I am personally broken hearted.
Good-bye, dear friend. May the God you so fervently and articulately defended guide you on your new journey.
December 17, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012 | Posted by: Allen Estrin at 12:22 PM
This is from the Wall Street Journal. Very tough to take, but deeply moving.
Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Posted by: Allen Estrin at 2:13 PM
Or is this what educators think? Note how quickly our eight year old protagonist has already been brainwashed. He's already aware that there aren't enough characters "of color."
Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Posted by: Allen Estrin at 2:07 PM
IBD makes a good point here. The double standard is really starting to get on my nerves.
Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Posted by: Allen Estrin at 12:11 PM
Dennis talks to Elizabeth Nickson about her new book, Eco-Fascists: How Radical Conservationists Are Destroying Our Natural Heritage.
Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Posted by: Allen Estrin at 12:00 PM
You can find more info on Dr. Michael Richman here. Here's the Richmond, VA lab to which Dr. Richman referred.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | Posted by: Allen Estrin at 2:25 PM
Is it racist to say that to be born into a home with an impoverished single mother is not ideal for intellectual development? Or is it just common sense? This occurred during a BBC interview.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | Posted by: Allen Estrin at 2:35 PM
Here's the article that Dennis used as the basis of this week's Ultimate Issues Hour.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | Posted by: Allen Estrin at 12:08 AM
Dennis talks to Steve Emerson, founder and executive director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism. His new documentary is Jihad in America: The Grand Deception. You can find out more about Emerson and his organization here.
Monday, December 10, 2012 | Posted by: Allen Estrin at 12:34 PM
Is there such a thing as objective morality? If there is does that suggest a moral law giver? The new Prager University course features Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. You can see it here.
Friday, December 07, 2012 | Posted by: Allen Estrin at 2:34 PM
There have been several recent studies confirming the health benefits of circumcision -- both in the West and in the Third World.
Friday, December 07, 2012 | Posted by: Allen Estrin at 1:22 PM
Dennis talks about earning happiness on The Happiness Hour. Prager University has a great course on this from Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute. Watch it here.
Friday, December 07, 2012 | Posted by: Allen Estrin at 12:09 PM
It's not about the money; it's about emotion. The rich must be punished. Republicans must capitulate. That's what the President wants.
Thursday, December 06, 2012 | Posted by: Allen Estrin at 2:05 PM
Dennis talks to Greg Gutfeld, co-host of the Fox News show, "The Five," about his new book The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage
Thursday, December 06, 2012 | Posted by: Allen Estrin at 1:09 PM
All it took was one threatening letter from one threatening atheist loony to cancel a Christmas concert to help poor Africans. Call it a lose-lose-lose. What a triumph for the Godless!