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Feb 19, 2018

The Eucharist is at the foundation of the Word On Fire Institute. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses what it means to be grounded in the Eucharist and how all Catholics can draw closer to the Blessed Sacrament as meal, sacrifice, and Real Presence of Jesus Christ.

NOTE: Get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron here >> http://wordonfireshow.com/lent

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, recap of the natural disasters in Santa Barbara County
  • 2:45 - What does it mean to be grounded in the Eucharist?
  • 5:00 - How is the Eucharist religiously themed as "meal"?
  • 9:30- How does the Eucharist as "sacrifice" illuminate our understanding of Communion?
  • 14:50 - How does the Eucharist as the "real presence" relate the power of this sacrament?
  • 18:55 - How can we learn from the Eucharistic miracles?
  • 21:40 - How can we better ground ourselves in the Blessed Sacrament?
  • 24:00 - Listener Question: How can we explain God's non-competitive transcendence in light of transubstantiation?

To ask Bishop Barron a question for the Word on Fire Show visit AskBishopBarron.com!

Feb 12, 2018

At Mundelein Seminary you'll find a statue of St. George slaying a dragon below which reads, "Athleta Christi Nobilis" —The Noble Athlete of Christ. As we head into the spiritual desert of Lent, we benefit by examining the lives of those saints who courageously embraced a life of profound asceticism and self-sacrifice. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses three great spiritual athletes from across the centuries. The listener question asks how to remain charitable when you disagree with your interlocutor.

NOTE: Get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron here >> http://wordonfireshow.com/lent

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, the Churchill movie
  • 2:45 - What is a spiritual athlete?
  • 6:25 - Why is St. Anthony of the Desert a great spiritual athlete?
  • 9:55 - Is there something wrong with living your entire life in the desert?
  • 12:25 - What can Thomas Merton teach us about the purpose of asceticism?
  • 16:45 -Why is St. John of the Cross a great spiritual athlete?
  • 20:00 - What is the Dark Night of the Soul?
  • 24:30 - Why is Pier Giorgio Frassati a great spiritual athlete?
  • 28:25 - Listener Question: How might we remain charitable with someone we passionately disagree with?

To ask Bishop Barron a question go to www.AskBishopBarron.com

Feb 5, 2018

On January 13, 2018, Bishop Barron joined Dr. William Lane Craig, the esteemed Protestant apologist, for an evening of dialogue at Claremont McKenna College. On today's episode, we recap both the afternoon session, which was an academic symposium attended by a couple dozen scholars, and the big evening dialogue in which Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig discussed faith, science, secularism, evangelization and more. A listener asks what Bishop Barron thinks of David Bentley Hart's work.

Click here to watch the full dialogue between Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig, and to listen to the afternoon symposium >> http://wordonfireshow.com/wlc


BONUS: Click here to get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron!


Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Intro, Why is Bishop Barron in Philadelphia?
  • 1:30 - What was Bishop Barron's overall impression of the event with Dr. William Lane Craig?
  • 6:4o - What was discussed during the daytime symposium?
  • 16:25 - During the evening event, how did Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig agree about evangelization?
  • 19:03 - What are Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig's favorite arguments for the existence of God?
  • 21:40 - How did a book change the lives of both Dr. Craig and Bishop Barron?
  • 23:25 - Why didn't Dr. Craig agree that beauty can be a source of evangelization?
  • 29:00 - What happened when Bishop Barron asked Dr. Craig, "Why aren't you Catholic?"
  • 33:00 - Listener Question: What does Bishop Barron think about the writings of David Bentley Hart?

Bonus Resources

 

Have a question for Bishop Barron? Go to AskBishopBarron.com!

Feb 5, 2018

On January 13, 2018, Bishop Barron joined Dr. William Lane Craig, the esteemed Protestant apologist, for an evening of dialogue at Claremont McKenna College. On today's episode, we recap both the afternoon session, which was an academic symposium attended by a couple dozen scholars, and the big evening dialogue in which Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig discussed faith, science, secularism, evangelization and more. A listener asks what Bishop Barron thinks of David Bentley Hart's work.

Click here to watch the full dialogue between Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig, and to listen to the afternoon symposium >> http://wordonfireshow.com/wlc


BONUS: Click here to get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron!


Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Intro, Why is Bishop Barron in Philadelphia?
  • 1:30 - What was Bishop Barron's overall impression of the event with Dr. William Lane Craig?
  • 6:4o - What was discussed during the daytime symposium?
  • 16:25 - During the evening event, how did Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig agree about evangelization?
  • 19:03 - What are Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig's favorite arguments for the existence of God?
  • 21:40 - How did a book change the lives of both Dr. Craig and Bishop Barron?
  • 23:25 - Why didn't Dr. Craig agree that beauty can be a source of evangelization?
  • 29:00 - What happened when Bishop Barron asked Dr. Craig, "Why aren't you Catholic?"
  • 33:00 - Listener Question: What does Bishop Barron think about the writings of David Bentley Hart?

Bonus Resources

 

Have a question for Bishop Barron? Go to AskBishopBarron.com!

Jan 29, 2018

The Second Vatican Council called for a more active collaboration between the ordained and lay people. In this episode of The Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses the proper roles of the laity and the clergy in our evangelization efforts and how the collaboration of both vocations, within those proper roles, can lead toward a more effective outreach.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction: Mudslides in Montecito, California
  • 3:00 - What does it mean that Word on Fire is a collaborative apostolate?
  • 5:30 - What role does the clergy have in evangelization?
  • 8:35 - Why is it important that the clergy and the laity assume some different roles?
  • 11:00 - Why is it so important for the laity to get involved in evangelization?
  • 15:00 - How can we stay inspired to continue to evangelize the culture?
  • 21:00 - How has Word On Fire served as an example of an effective collaboration between the laity and clergy?
  • 23:15 - Listener Question: How can a teenager discern his vocation?
Jan 22, 2018

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Humanae Vitae, the controversial encyclical by Pope Paul VI which defended the classic sexual framework and prophesied the devastating consequences that would result upon its rejection. As Bishop Barron reveals, those prophecies have since been strongly vindicated. A listener asks whether God hates anything since he is defined by love.

NOTE: Get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron here >> http://wordonfireshow.com/lent

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Intro, What is Bishop Barron currently reading?
  • 2:10 - Who was Pope Paul VI?
  • 5:1o - What is the import of Evangelii Nuntiandi?
  • 8:45 - What does Pope Paul mean when talks about the unitive and procreative dimensions of the sexual act?
  • 11:45 - What are the prophecies Pope Paul makes in Chapter 17 of Humanae Vitae?
  • 23:00 - How is Humanae Vitae more powerful now than when it was written in 1968?
  • 27:54 - Listener Question: How can God "hate" something if God is love?

Bonus Resources

Jan 16, 2018

On January 13, 2018, Bishop Barron joined Dr. William Lane Craig, the esteemed Protestant apologist and evangelist, for a dialogue event at Claremont McKenna College. The event was hosted by the Claremont Center for Reason, Religion, and Public Affairs and was moderated by Dr. Edward Feser and Dr. Stephen Davis.

Bishop Barron and Dr. Craig discussed faith, science, secularism, evangelization and more!

Enjoy this special bonus episode of the Word on Fire Show, and look forward to another episode soon where Bishop Barron will offer reflections and recap the dialogue.

NOTE: Watch video of the dialogue here.

Jan 15, 2018

What does Bishop Barron have in store for 2018? Find out in this episode where he talks through several exciting new projects, talks, and initiatives. A listen asks how to choose good books, ones that help your faith rather than harm it.

NOTE: Get your free Lent Reflections booklet from Bishop Barron here >> http://wordonfireshow.com/lent

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction, the FOCUS Conference, the Santa Barbara mudslides
  • 5:50 - What are the upcoming talks Bishop Barron has scheduled for 2018?
  • 8:00 - What is special about the upcoming vocation conference?
  • 9:45 - What are the upcoming CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players episodes Word On Fire is filming?
  • 13:40 - What are the Word On Fire Classics?
  • 16:30 - What is the new Word On Fire Institute?
  • 18:20 - What will be the purpose of the Word on Fire Bible
  • 20:55 - What will Word On Fire's partnership with Flocknote provide?
  • 23:15 - What is the Mystery of the Mass film series?
  • 25:22 - What does Bishop Barron's USCCB committee on Evangelization and Catechesis entail?
  • 28:15 - How do you judge whether a spiritual book will help or hinder your faith?

Bonus Resources

Jan 8, 2018

Since Bishop Barron is out of town this week, we decided to share his talk from the FOCUS Student Leadership Summit in Chicago. Over 8,000 young Catholic leaders gathered to hear Bishop Barron speak about the Acts of the Apostles and our summons to mission. Enjoy the talk!

Jan 1, 2018

How is beauty a route of access to God? In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron explains how leading with beauty is the best way to evangelize.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, Thomas Fire continues to blaze
  • 3:15 - What does it mean to lead with beauty?
  • 5:52 - Why has there been a resurgence of the way of beauty?
  • 8:15 - What are some forms of beauty outside of high art?
  • 10:00 - How have the martyrs become a way of beauty?
  • 13:15 - Why is Brideshead Revisited a great example of the way of beauty?
  • 17:23 - How is the Christian life a way to evangelize through beauty?
  • 19:15 - How can we evangelize through beauty?
  • 23:15 - Listener Question: How can we speak with certainty about our faith if we are struggling with our faith?
Dec 25, 2017

Merry Christmas! In today's episode, Bishop Barron walks us through the second chapter of Luke's Gospel, which recounts the birth of Jesus. As we see, this story is far from a safe, charming fairy tale. It tells the story of a new king, one who rivals the kingship of Caesar Augustus at every turn. A listener asks what St. John of the Cross meant by "the divine sweetness."

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction: The fires of Southern California
  • 2:40 - Why is "subversive" a good word for the Nativity narrative?
  • 4:40 - What is the importance of the census in the Christmas story?
  • 6:40 - Why does Luke begin the story by mentioning the great figures of the time?
  • 8:00 - What is the significance of the "line of David"?
  • 9:55 - What is the symbolic nature of there being no room at the inn, Jesus being wrapped in swaddling clothes, and Jesus being placed in a manger?
  • 18:08 - What's the significance of the angels and shepherds?
  • 25:50 - How were the Gospel writers spiritual and literary masters?
  • 27:35 - Listener question: How do we dialogue with someone who creates their own personal religion?
Dec 11, 2017

Today we hear from some of our youngest listeners, as kids from all over the world ask Bishop Barron their most pressing theological questions. The kids are cute, but their questions are deep!

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Bishop Barron's birthday party
  • 1:05 - Exciting event with William Lane Craig
  • 4:00 - Did people live when dinosaurs live, and why did God kill dinosaurs?
  • 7:35 - Will it be awkward in Heaven if you've married multiple times?
  • 11:40 - Why was there an earthquake when Jesus was crucified, and why was the veil torn?
  • 11:40 - If you die and go to Heaven, do you become a saint?
  • 16:15 - When you die, if you go to Hell, will you go there forever or could Jesus take you to Heaven?
  • 22:40 - How did God start to exist? How God effect the Big Bang?
  • 27:45 - Does God love everybody, even the devil?
Dec 4, 2017

If you've listened to any number of Bishop Robert Barron's homilies or lectures, you've likely heard him use sports analogies to create a vision of the spiritual life. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses how the world of sports and athleticism can help us grow in faith and understanding. The listener question asks about leisure and the Sabbath.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction
  • 1:30 - What is Bishop Barron's background with sports?
  • 4:00 - Why does the culture hold sports in such high regard up and down the ages?
  • 6:00 - How do the rules in sports relate to religion?
  • 10:30 - What do coaches teach us about real love?
  • 15:00 - How do the rigors of sports offer insights about the rigors of the spiritual life?
  • 20:00 - Does athleticism and fitness ever do harm to the spirit?
  • 22:47 - Listener Question: Why is leisure important on the Sabbath?
Nov 27, 2017

Have you ever wondered why there is a Christmas Season? Like no other holiday, Christmas carries with it an intense period of anticipation, in which our hearts are readied with hope and love. Christians call this waiting time "Advent", and Bishop Barron explains precisely what this time is all about in today's episode of the Word on Fire Show. The listener question asks how much is enough when it comes to petitionary prayer.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction - The USCCB meeting
  • 2:00 - Why is there a Christmas Season?
  • 4:20 - Why should a secular person care about the birth of Jesus?
  • 6:45 - Why must we understand Israel if we want to understand Christmas?
  • 10:50 - Why is Mary so pivotal during Advent? What about the rest of the characters in this story?
  • 18:30 - Will Christmas ever become more Christian than it is today in our secular world?
  • 26:30 - What are Bishop Barron's favorite things about Christmas?
  • 28:15 - Listener Question: How much is enough when it comes to petitionary prayer.
Nov 20, 2017

Today we continue our discussion of the eight principles of the Word on Fire Movement by focusing on the fifth principle, "Affirmative Orthodoxy." This term, originating with John Allen, Jr., refers to a positive presentation of what the Church teaches, an emphasis on the Catholic "Yes!" more than a finger-wagging "No!" A listen asks how we concretely love people in difficult situations.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction and the Erasmus lecture
  • 3:00 - What is Affirmative Orthodoxy?
  • 6:30 - Why is Affirmative Orthodoxy important to evangelization?
  • 8:30 - G.K. Chesterton's adventurous orthodoxy
  • 11:30 - How do we frame Affirmative Orthodoxy around modern sexual morality?
  • 16:30 - How is it possible to maintain Affirmative Orthodoxy during a debate?
  • 19:30 - What are some good Affirmative Orthodoxy strategies?
  • 20:45 - How can we concretely love people in difficult situations?
Nov 13, 2017

We just passed the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of a Wittenberg church, and initiated a massive split of the Christian community. What should Catholics make of this event 500 years later? How should we view Protestantism and relate to our Protestant brothers and sisters? That's what Bishop Barron discussed today. A listener asks how Catholics should feel about Protestants.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction
  • 2:00 - What are Bishop Barron's initial thoughts on this anniversary?
  • 4:00 - Who is Stanley Hauerwas?
  • 6:15 - Why is Hauerwas so friendly to the Catholic tradition?
  • 8:00 - Is the Reformation effectively over?
  • 13:40 - How does the Reformation continue to fracture the Church Universal?
  • 17:50 - What was the difference maker for reform movements that did not splinter the Church, such as the Franciscans and Dominicans?
  • 21:00 - Is the problem of authority the key to Protestantism?
  • 24:00 - How should Catholics feel about Protestant denominations?
Nov 6, 2017

Today we celebrate the hundredth episode of “The Word on Fire Show”! It's hard to believe we've reach that mark. But to celebrate, we decided to focus on you, our listeners, and your wonderful questions. Bishop Barron answers several listener questions about a whole range of topics.

SPECIAL: Pick up your FREE copy of Bishop Barron's “Advent Gospel Reflections” booklet and get inspiring reflections throughout this holy season. The book is free, you just cover the shipping. Just click here to order.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction
  • 2:30 - What are Bishop Barron's thoughts on Stoicism?
  • 5:15 - What if "willing the good" of one person causes problems for another?
  • 8:30 - Why are angels commonly depicted as children in artwork?
  • 10:45 - What are the first steps for someone who is considering becoming Catholic?
  • 13:10 - Was Jesus made in the image of God or is Jesus God?
  • 16:50 - Does Jesus want us to follow all of the laws of the Old Testament?
  • 21:30 - Why did God create the world?
  • 23:30 - Does Bishop Barron plan on starting a Catholic movement? 

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

Oct 30, 2017

This week, Bishop Barron is giving the annual “Erasmus Lecture” for First Things, where he'll speak on “Evangelizing the ‘Nones’.” That's the them of this episode, which explores why young people are becoming disconnected to religion, and what we can do to draw them back. A listener asks what makes great music truly great.

SPECIAL: Pick up your FREE copy of Bishop Barron's “Advent Gospel Reflections” booklet and get inspiring reflections throughout this holy season. The book is free, you just cover the shipping. Just click here to order.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Introduction, Bishop Speaks at the Cornerstone Conference and prepares for the Erasmus Lecture
  • 06:00 - Brief synopsis of iGen, a book that discusses America's newest and least religious generation
  • 08:30 - How does our culture's celebration of individual choice create "nones", and how do we approach this issue as evangelists?
  • 12:20 - How has scientism led to the creation of the "nones", and how do we approach this issue as evangelists?
  • 16:15 - How has the "LGBTQ movement" contributed to the rise of the "nones", and is Christianity anti-gay?
  • 23:00 - What are the 5 pathways to reach the "nones"?
  • 26:50 - How do we approach a person who has zero interest in religion?
  • 29:00 - Listener Question: What makes great music great?

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

Oct 23, 2017

In his new book, To Light a Fire on the Earth, Bishop Barron shares the story of his own spiritual formation as a young man coming of age after Vatican II, who is then called to preach to a secular world. Thankfully, the bishop was guided by great men who, despite the tide of secularism and moral relativism, embodied the steadfast spirituality, integrity, and moral rectitude that informs a heroic priesthood. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses the impact of five key figures in his life, beginning with his father, John Clayton Barron, Sr. and ending with his late, great mentor, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.

SPECIAL: Pre-order Bishop Barron's new 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

  • 00:04 - Introduction, first printing and a visit from the Papal Ninja
  • 02:40 - The father of Father Barron
  • 07:20 - Adolescence and Mr. Tim White's English class
  • 11:52 - Seminary years with Msgr. Robert Sokolowski
  • 17:42 - Serving as a parish priest with Msgr. Bill Quinn
  • 23:00 - The mission and mentorship of Cardinal Francis George
  • 28:25 - Listener Question: How do we respond to critics who say that it's worthless to "send our thoughts and prayers" in times of crisis?

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

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.

Bonus Resources

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

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

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 

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