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Oct 16, 2017

This is the second part of a series responding to a viral YouTube video titled "Aquinas and the Cosmological Arguments" (750,000+ views), which claims that Thomas Aquinas' arguments for God have been decisively refuted. But have they? Bishop Barron responds to the video and shows that when properly understood, Thomas' arguments are as strong today as ever before. A listener asks how the word "Gospel" would have been understood in the first century.

SPECIAL: Pre-order the hardcover book today for just $19.95 (26% off) and free shipping. You'll also receive three bonus eBooks from Bishop Barron! Just click here to order.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction, background on Crash Course video
  • 1:40 - Are Aquinas' first four arguments for God unimpressive because they don't lead to a personal God?
  • 8:15 - Does Aquinas' argument for God allow for polytheism?
  • 12:2o - Does Aquinas' argument for God allow God to be an egg, a turtle, or a big block of stone?
  • 14:35 - Are there major flaws that make Aquinas' argument invalid?
  • 16:45 - Is Aquinas' argument self-defeating, because God would require a cause?
  • 21:05 - Do you have to believe Aquinas' arguments in order to believe in God?
  • 26:30 - Question from listener: Was the word "Gospel" used often in Jesus' time?

Bonus Resources

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Oct 9, 2017

A viral YouTube video titled "Aquinas and the Cosmological Arguments" (750,000+ views) claims that Thomas Aquinas' arguments for God have been decisively refuted. But have they? Bishop Barron responds to the video and shows that when properly understood, Thomas' arguments are as strong today as ever before. A listener asks whether death is natural.

SPECIAL: Pre-order the hardcover book today for just $19.95 (26% off) and free shipping. You'll also receive three bonus eBooks from Bishop Barron! Just click here to order.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction, Bishop Barron describes the Facebook headquarters
  • 5:30 - Why have multiple proofs for God's existence?  If a singular argument is truly a proof, should not one be sufficient?
  • 8:44 - Where did Thomas Aquinas come up with these arguments?
  • 12:50 - Do Aquinas's observations from nature hurt his argument given the fact that modern science has proven some of his examples to be inaccurate?   
  • 15:33 - What's wrong with using dominos to illustrate Aquinas's argument from motion?
  • 26:50 - What's the difference between a hierarchal and a temporal causal series? And why is this so important for understanding Aquinas?
  • 31:35 - Did the philosopher David Hume defeat Aquinas's arguments?
  • 34:24 - Question from listener: Is death natural?

Bonus Resources

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Oct 2, 2017

Listen to Bishop Barron's talk at the Facebook HQ, which has already been heard over 275,000 times. Every day, millions of people argue about religion on social media. The comboxes of religious and atheist sites are among the most visited and the most heated in the virtual space. But few people really know how to have a good religious argument. Lots of energy, lots of sharp words, and lots of strong feelings are expressed. But rarely do we come across productive, rational argument about religion. Bishop Barron paves a way forward, showing how we all, believer and nonbeliever alike, can share better religious discussions.

SPECIAL: Pre-order Bishop Barron's new hardcover book, To Light a Fire on the Earth, for just $19.95 (26% off) and free shipping. You'll also receive three bonus eBooks from Bishop Barron! Just click here to order.

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Sep 25, 2017

Bishop Barron has a new book coming out titled To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming Christ in a Secular Age. It's a book-length conversation between Bishop Barron and John Allen, Jr., the award-winning Vatican journalist, and touches on a wide range of subjects including God, atheism, social media, prayer, beauty, and why the Church matters today. In today's episode, John joins Bishop Barron to discuss the new book.

SPECIAL: Pre-order the hardcover book today for just $19.95 (26% off) and free shipping. You'll also receive three bonus eBooks from Bishop Barron! Just click here to order.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction
  • 1:40 - What were John Allen's first impressions about creating this book?
  • 3:10 - What were Bishop Barron's first thoughts when the book was proposed to him?
  • 4:00 - What parallels does John Allen see between Ven. Fulton Sheen and Bishop Barron
  • 7:35 - Why did Bishop Barron start the book talking about beauty?
  • 9:00 - How is Baseball helpful to understanding Catholicism
  • 12:00 - How did one of Bishop Barron's professors in Paris shape his spirituality?
  • 14:00 - What is Bishop Barron's three-fold path to holiness?
  • 16:00 -  What makes Bishop Barron different from other people John has interviewed for books?
  • 19:00 - Will Word On Fire become a permanent movement in the life of the Church?
  • 23:30 - How can Catholics proclaim the Gospel in a secular age?

Bonus Resources

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Sep 18, 2017

Today (September 18), Bishop Barron will be speaking to Facebook employees at their headquarters in Menlo Park, CA, on "How to Have a Religious Argument." (The talk will be livestreamed on Bishop Barron's Facebook page from 6:00pm-7:00pm ET.)

Every day, millions of people argue about religion on social media. The comboxes of religious and atheist sites are among the most visited and the most heated in the virtual space. But what Bishop Robert Barron finds interesting is how few people really know how to have a good religious argument. There is a lot of energy, lots of sharp words, and lots of strong feelings expressed. But rarely do we come across productive, rational argument about religion. Bishop Barron paves a way forward, showing how we all, believer and nonbeliever alike, can share better religious discussions.

SPECIAL: Pre-order the hardcover book today for just $19.95 (26% off) and free shipping. You'll also receive three bonus eBooks from Bishop Barron! Just click here to order.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction about the talk
  • 1:15 - Bill Maher as an example of how NOT to have a religious argument
  • 2:40 - How is learning to trust a person an example of coming to faith? 
  • 6:30 - What is the number one block to having a good religious argument?
  • 9:58 - What is voluntarism, and how does it block good religious argument?
  • 16:15 - How does understanding your opponent's position helpful in having a religious argument? How is Thomas Aquinas an expert in this?
  • 23:50 - What is the significance of Bishop Barron speaking at Facebook?
  • 26:00 - Question from listener: How can the Catholic Church claim the fullness of truth when other religions claim the same?

 

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Sep 11, 2017

There seems to be a divide in the Catholic Church between so-called “pro-life” Catholic and so-called “social justice” Catholics. Where did this come from? How do we heal this split? That's what Bishop Barron discusses in this episode. A listener asks how to respond when a beggar asks for money on the street.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Intro: Ingrid Goes West and Facebook announcement
  • 3:45 - How did the Pro-Life movement and the Social Justice movement become divided?
  • 5:55 - How should the "both/and" quality of Catholicism address this great separation?
  • 7:00 - What does "social justice" mean in the Catholic tradition?
  • 9:15 - Should the Pro-Life and Social Justice movements be equally emphasized in the life of the Church?
  • 13:20 - How do we heal the divide between these two groups of Catholics?
  • 14:55 - How can the saints help provide a path forward?
  • 17:00 - How does Pope Francis balance the priority of these two issues?
  • 19:32 - Question from listener: How should Catholics react to beggars on the street?

Bonus Resources 

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Sep 4, 2017

Every now and then, articles and surveys pop up suggesting that religious people are, by whatever criteria, dumber than then general population—or at least dumber than atheists. Today Bishop Barron responds to this and the charge that religion has a “smart-people problem.” A listener asks about new ecclesial movements in the Church.

Also, be sure to take advantage of our Word on Fire Show listener sale! ENTER PROMO CODE: DAVID to save $10 on our newest film at DavidTheKing.com

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Intro and Catholic podcast recommendations
  • 1:30 - Bishop Barron's initial reaction to the articles claiming that religion has a smart-people problem.
  • 5:00 - What does it say about religion when studies show that most scientists are atheists?
  • 8:30 - Is it worrisome that most professional philosophers are atheists?
  • 12:00 - Does it matter that most religious philosophers are theists?
  • 13:30 - How does the culture feel about religious people, are they considered childish and simple-minded?
  • 17:50 - What does historical evidence tell us about the relationship between science and religion? 
  • 19:30 - Question from listener: What's your take on Communion and Liberation and other ecclesial movements in the Church?

Bonus Resources 

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Aug 28, 2017

What is beauty? Is beauty undefinable and entirely relativistic? Or is beauty an objective reality, backed by reason and understanding? How do Catholics define beauty, and how has Catholic Church evangelized through beauty over the centuries? In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron answers these questions and more about the transcendental nature of beauty. The listener question comes from Argentina and wonders how art might be used in evangelization?

Also, be sure to take advantage of our Word on Fire Show listener sale! ENTER PROMO CODE: DAVID to save $10 on our newest film at DavidTheKing.com

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  - Intro, a Cardinal visits and the sun eclipses
  • 4:00 - Why has Bishop Barron considered beauty the privileged route of evangelization?
  • 8:25 - What is beauty?
  • 10:55 - What three things combine to make something beautiful?
  • 15:55 - Why do some people disagree about a masterpiece being beautiful?
  • 19:20 - How can someone be transformed by beauty?
  • 24:14 - What was a profound moment of beauty in Bishop Barron's life?
  • 25:43 - Question from listener: How can the arts aid in evangelization?

Bonus Resources 

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Aug 21, 2017

What really happens when we die? In a recent interview with Larry King, popular astro-physicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, offers a scientifically reduced answer to this philosophically rich question. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron reacts to Tyson's response and offers a more holistic understanding of human identity and death. A listener asks how God can be both a person and the sheer act of "to be" itself.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Intro: Bishop Barron speaks at a tech conference
  • 1:30 - Explaining the interview and Tyson's explanation of physical death
  • 5:20 - Are scientists seen as the new priests?
  • 8:10 - What happens when you die besides the obvious scientific realities?
  • 10:00 - Why do atheists still cling to moral values?
  • 11:09 - Does culminating as meat for maggots offer a sense of eternal fulfillment?
  • 12:30 - Tyson's explanation of our annihilation upon death.
  • 14:55 - Is it a wish fulfilling fantasy to desire consciousness after death?
  • 20:00 - Would anyone really want to live forever?
  • 22:30 - What really happens when we die according to Christians?
  • 25:25 - Question from listener: How can God be both a person and the sheer act of "to be" itself?

Bonus Resources

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Aug 14, 2017

Normally, in each episode we take one listener question. But we've received such a large number of outstanding questions from around the globe that we’ve decided to devote another episode to answering a range of questions from listeners like you. Bishop Barron answers several questions, rapid fire, on many different topics.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  - Intro: Bishop Barron returns from his CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players film trip
  • 2:00 - Should we feel guilty for not giving away all of our possessions and serving the poorest of the poor?
  • 5:10 - If there are aliens, did Jesus appear to them as well?
  • 7:45 - What is the difference between the Ascension and the Assumption?
  • 9:45 - Why do we take both the Bread and the Wine in Communion?
  • 13:20 - When does venting turn into gossip, and how do we avoid gossiping?
  • 18:45 - Where is Jesus' body today?
  • 24:25 - What might Jesus say about dealing with a bad breakup?
  • 26:45 - What resources should Catholics read to understand Martin Luther?

Bonus Resources

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Aug 7, 2017

Bishop Barron is flying back from Europe after his Pivotal Players recording trip, so instead of a live show, we’re bringing you a special excerpt from his upcoming “David the King” series. Learn about Hannah and the “law of the gift” in this stirring commentary.

Also, be sure to visit DavidTheKing.com and use the coupon code DAVID to save $10 on the DVD or Blu-ray version of the series!

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Jul 31, 2017

Bishop Robert Barron and his Word on Fire production are in Italy, filming the next round of CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players.

Be sure to take advantage of special behind the scenes access from the Pivotal Players film trip! Sign-up for exclusive footage at: WordOnFireShow.com/Videos

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  – Intro, the new Spiderman movie
  • 1:28 – Does it ever get old for Bishop Barron to travel?
  • 2:41 – The CATHOLICISM series production team
  • 4:46 – Surprisingly small film crew for such a grand production
  • 5:50 – Interesting stops for a first visit to Rome
  • 9:15 – What’s the difference between a vacation and a pilgrimage?
  • 11:20 – Bishop Barron’s favorite place during the filming so far
  • 12:55 – The St. Francis fresco painted during his own lifetime
  • 13:20 – What’s Bishop Barron’s prayer like during a filming trip?
  • 15:33 – Why is the Divine Office so important to Bishop Barron?
  • 17:51 – Why all baptized people should consider praying the Liturgy of the Hours
  • 18:23 – Praying the psalms for the sake of the world
  • 19:20 – Who was St. Ambrose and why does he matter?
  • 23:28 – What do you miss most about the United States?
  • 24:20– Question from listener: Fr. Steve Grunow asks what St.
    Benedict and St. Augustine, both Italians, have to say to Italians today?

Bonus Resources

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Jul 24, 2017

Bishop Robert Barron and his Word on Fire production team have just set off to Europe to film two brand new episodes for the hit television film series: CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. This second volume of biographical documentaries features some of the greatest figures in all of world history.

Be sure to take advantage of special behind the scenes access from the Pivotal Players film trip! Sign-up for exclusive footage at: WordOnFireShow.com/Videos

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  - Intro, the new Spiderman movie
  • 1:40 - What makes St. Benedict a pivotal player?
  • 6:10 - Why is St. Augustine a pivotal player?
  • 10:00 - What will Bishop Barron be filming in Rome?
  • 15:00 - What is Benedictine life like?
  • 19:45 - What will Bishop Barron be filming in Milan?
  • 23:25 - What will Bishop Barron be filming in Paris?
  • 25:00 - Question from listener: How were Adam and Eve able to fall from grace if they were born without original sin?

Bonus Resources

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Jul 17, 2017

Have you ever had an opportunity to share your faith but opted to remain quiet? There are several reasons why we might shy away from these grace-filled moments. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron teaches us how to overcome the hurdles of evangelization and let loose our missionary potential. The listener question comes from an Australian medical student who wants to know how we can evangelize in our everyday settings.

Also, be sure to take advantage of our Word on Fire Show listener sale! ENTER PROMO CODE: DAVID to save $10 on our newest film at DavidTheKing.com

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  - Intro, what Bishop Barron is reading
  • 1:25 - How do you overcome being nervous about discussing, debating religion?
  • 7:45 - How do we evangelize if we aren't scholars or experts about religion?
  • 13:55 - How do we evangelize without losing our friends or pushing people away by trying to convert them?
  • 18:25 - How do we evangelize in a culture that says religion is a private hobby that does not belong in the public sphere.
  • 25:00 - How do we overcome despair, feeling like nothing we say or do will have an evangelical effect.
  • 29:00 - Question from listener: How do we evangelize in our daily lives?

Bonus Resources 

 

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Jul 10, 2017

Do you ever wish you could read more books? Have you ever thought about writing articles at the professional level or authoring your own book? Bishop Robert Barron has read a library's worth of texts, written fifteen books, and composed thousands of short works. In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron offers helpful advice on how to improve your performance in the language arts.

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Jul 3, 2017

In 2015 Bishop Robert Barron gave the opening keynote speech at the famous World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. In front of this massive crowd of Catholics, Bishop Barron explained how Christianity is the greatest form of humanism because of its unique claim that all humans are made in the image and likeness of God. As representatives of God, we share in the responsibility of bringing the power, wisdom, heart, and mind of God out into the world. This episode of the Word on Fire Show features Part Two of the Bishop's powerful talk.

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Jun 26, 2017

In 2015 Bishop Robert Barron gave the opening keynote speech at the famous World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. In front of this massive crowd of Catholics, Bishop Barron explained how Christianity is the greatest form of humanism because of its unique claim that all humans are made in the image and likeness of God. As representatives of God, we share in the responsibility of bringing the power, wisdom, heart, and mind of God out into the world. This episode of the Word on Fire Show features Part One of the Bishop's powerful talk.

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Jun 19, 2017

In a way we are all addicts, because we are all sinners. In this episode of The Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron explains the spiritual dimensions of addiction and how finding your center in God is not only the first step to recovery but also the walking path of lifelong freedom. The listener questions asks whether it's more fun to be bad than good.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  - Introduction, Bishop's upcoming trips
  • 2:05 - How are we all addicts?
  • 5:30 - How can addiction bleed into the religious life?
  • 6:20 - What is the purpose of the ascetic life in terms of addiction?
  • 10:00 - What are the spiritual roots of Alcoholics Anonymous?
  • 15:15 - What is the Biblical prescription for dealing with addiction?
  • 19:20 - How can we tell if we are addicted to something when it doesn't seem to be ruining our lives?
  • 22:00 - Why is Christianity specifically helpful for battling addiction?
  • 24:10 - What should someone do if they are right now struggling with an addiction and want to stop?
  • 25:25 - Question from listener: Is it more fun to be bad than good?

Bonus Resources

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Jun 12, 2017

Marriage has been one of the most talked about topics in the news over the past decade. Despite all the interest surrounding the institution of marriage, the numbers of people actually getting married has dwindled. In this episode Bishop Barron explores the beauty and goodness of married life by discussing the spirituality that undergirds this timeless institution. The listener question wonders what will happen to marriages in heaven.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  - Introduction and the Vogt's visit to Santa Barbara
  • 2:00 - Why has the number of people getting married declined?
  • 6:30 - What is the number one priority in being a husband or wife?
  • 8:40 - What is the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony?
  • 10:07 - What is the key to a healthy marriage?
  • 16:00 - How can a celibate priest be an authority on marriage?
  • 19:50 - Why does the Catholic Church demand an openness to children within a marriage?
  • 22:20 - Advice from Bishop Barron for people who aren't sure if they ever want to get married
  • 23:40 - Advice from Bishop Barron for those who aspire for marriage
  • 25:30 - Advice from Bishop Barron for those discerning marriage within their current relationship
  • 26:27 - Advice from Bishop Barron for those who are struggling through a difficult marriage or a divorce
  • 27:20 - Question from listener: Will I be with my wife as husband and wife in heaven?

Bonus Resources

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

Jun 7, 2017

Word on Fire Show host Brandon Vogt stopped into the Santa Barbara studio with his five children while on a cross-country road trip. The Vogt children were given the chance to ask Bishop Barron about God, Mary, and bananas in this special bonus episode of the Word on Fire Show.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:01  - Introduction, about the road trip and hellos
  • 1:15 - How did Bishop feel when he first became a priest?
  • 2:07 - How can Mary be "Queen" and Jesus be "King" if she's his mother?
  • 3:05 - How is Jesus King?
  • 3:50 - How old is Jesus?
  • 4:46 - How does it feel to be a bishop?
  • 6:05 - How to explain God to young children?
  • 7:35 - What is God's favorite color?
  • 8:00 - Was Bishop Barron an alter server?
  • 8:55 - What's Bishop Barron's favorite way to pray
  • 10:05 - How do we know God is real?

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Jun 5, 2017

The best theological movements present the Church as an organism, not an organization. In this episode of our new series on the eight principles of Word on Fire, Bishop Barron explains how how the Communion of Saints works in and through the Mystical Body of Christ to evangelize the world. The listener questions asks about Catherine of Siena's three levels of prayer. 

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, filming B-roll footage for Pivotal Players Volume II
  • 2:00 - How are the saints powerful?
  • 5:55 - How can the stories of the saints aid in evangelization?
  • 8:30 - What is the impact of the Little Flower?
  • 11:15 - How can Saint Thomas Aquinas become accessible for the current culture?
  • 15:30 - How was Saint John Paul II able to contribute so much to the Church and evangelization?
  • 19:20 - What is the great contribution of Bl. John Henry Newman?
  • 24:00 - Question from listener: How might we aspire to attain the third level of prayer as described by St. Catherine of Siena.

Bonus Resources

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and, again, be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

May 29, 2017

Statistics show that more people own a smartphone (4 billion) than own a toothbrush (3.5 billion). In this episode of our new series called The Eight Principles of the Word on Fire Ethos, Bishop Barron discusses how readily available Internet access has made the new media an essential route of evangelization. The listener questions asks how virtue can possibly turn to vice. 

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop's recent trip to Saint Anselm College
  • 2:30 - What is the power of the new media?
  • 5:19 - Why is the new media effective for evangelization?
  • 7:50 - What's the danger in not using the new media to spread the Gospel?
  • 9:30 - What made Fulton Sheen so effective at using the media of his time?
  • 16:10 - Why are people feeling less connected and more lonely despite the technology advances?
  • 19:35 - How might we cope with internet attacks while sharing the Gospel?
  • 25:00 - How do we become more effective at sharing our faith online?
  • 26:55 - Question from listener: How can virtue possibly turn into vice?

Bonus Resources

 

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and, again, be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

May 23, 2017

Joel and Ethan Coen, more famously known as the Coen brothers, are arguably the greatest filmmakers of our time. In this follow-up episode on the Coen brothers, Bishop Barron illuminates the Biblical motifs present in three of the Coen brothers' most unique films. The listener question asks about the nature of God.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, catching up with Bishop Barron.
  • 1:38 - What makes the Coen Brothers so unique?
  • 3:45 -  What are the spiritual themes in A Serious Man? (spoiler alert)
  • 12:00 -What are the spiritual themes in The Big Lebowski? (spoiler alert)
  • 22:55 -What are the spiritual themes in Hail, Caesar!? (spoiler alert)
  • 25:15 - Question from listener: What is God?

Bonus Resources

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Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and, again, be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

May 16, 2017

Joel and Ethan Coen, more famously known as the Coen brothers, are arguably the greatest filmmakers of our time. They’ve been nominated for 13 academy awards, won four, and have garnered praise from many of the world’s most influential people. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron illuminates the Biblical motifs present in some of the Coen brothers' most celebrated films. The listener question asks about God's providence in relation to coincidence.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop's Channel Island Mass.
  • 1:38 - What makes the Coen Brothers so unique?
  • 3:45 -  What are the spiritual themes in Fargo? (spoiler alert)
  • 11:16 -What are the spiritual themes in No Country for Old Men and how does it relate to Fargo? (spoiler alert)
  • 17:28 -What are the spiritual themes in True Grit? (spoiler alert)
  • 24:45 - Question from listener: What is the difference between coincidence and God's providence?

Bonus Resources

  • Websites

Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and, again, be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.

May 9, 2017

"The Church exists to evangelize.” These words from Evangelii Nuntiandi express the very nature of our mission. But what is evangelization? And how ought we to express Christ in the culture around us? In this episode, Bishop Robert Barron answers these questions and offers advice on exactly how an evangelist can move into the culture and plant the seeds of Christ. Evangelizing the Culture is the second of the eight principles of the Word on Fire ethos. Finally, a listener calls in to ask how he might evangelize his lukewarm parents. 

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17 – Intro and Bishop Barron's new award
  • 2:15 - What does it mean to "evangelize the culture"?
  • 6:40 - How can evangelizing the culture solve the problems of the Church and the culture?
  • 11:50 - How can we see Christ in our surroundings?
  • 15:24 - How do engage the culture without falling into sin?
  • 18:45 - Why was Tolkien so effective at evangelizing the culture?
  • 21:30 - How does the Church community (including the saints) serve evangelization?
  • 23:15 - What's the proper approach for drawing the world to Christ?
  • 24:38 - Question from listener: How do we re-evangelize our parents who grew up in the faith but now lack a relationship with Jesus?

Bonus Resources

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