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The Word on Fire Show - Catholic Faith and Culture

The Word on Fire Show - Catholic Faith and Culture

Join Bishop Robert Barron for a weekly podcast on faith and culture. Find more episodes at http://WordOnFireShow.com and submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.com.

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WOF 278: The Identity of Jesus

Today we share Bishop Barron's talk from the FOCUS SEEK 2021 conference. The talk is titled ?The Identity of Jesus? and explores how Christ had the authority to fulfill the Law of the Old Testament and bring about the will of God through the Church.

Links Support the Word on Fire Bible series! FOCUS

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2021-04-05
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WOF 277: The Dark Night of the Soul

What is the ?dark night of the soul?? How does it differ from general depression, sadness, or confusion? Bishop Barron and Brandon explore this spiritual concept from St. John of the Cross, and discuss a famous saint from recent times who experienced this ?dark night? in a profound way.

A listener asks, does God have a sense of humor? If so, is it objective so that everyone should find it funny?

Links The Rosary w/ Bishop Barron Word on Fire Vatican II Collection

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2021-03-29
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WOF 276: Approaches to the Question of God (Part 2 of 2)

Today we share the second half of Bishop Baron's talk titled "Knocking Holes in the Buffered Self: Approaches to the Question of God." (Click here to listen to the first half.) He gave the talk at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary as part of their Kenrick Lecture series.

Many?especially the young?in today?s time have absented themselves from the practice of faith. Our culture and time is anomalous in the extreme, in that it?s the first ever to widely entertain God?s nonexistence. Christians, at least in the West, are facing a practically unprecedented crisis of disaffiliation. But there are paths out of the cave, and that's what Bishop Barron reveals.

Word on Fire Vatican II Collection: https://wordonfire.org/vatican2

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2021-03-22
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WOF 275: Understanding Violence in the Old Testament

Parts of the Old Testament depict God commanding the Israelites to massacre entire populations?every man, woman, child, and animal. How should Christians make sense of these passages? They seem to present God as angry, vindictive, and genocidal, contradicting the New Testament presentation of God as loving and merciful. That?s what Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss in today?s episode.

A listener asks, what are your thoughts on Carl Jung? What do you agree with and disagree with?

LINKS Word on Fire Vatican II Collection The Rosary with Bishop Robert Barron

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2021-03-15
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WOF 274: Knocking Holes in the Buffered Self (Part 1 of 2)

Today we share the first half of Bishop Baron's talk titled "Knocking Holes in the Buffered Self: Approaches to the Question of God." He gave the talk at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary as part of their Kenrick Lecture series.

Many?especially the young?in today?s time have absented themselves from the practice of faith. Our culture and time is anomalous in the extreme, in that it?s the first ever to widely entertain God?s nonexistence. Christians, at least in the West, are facing a practically unprecedented crisis of disaffiliation. But there are paths out of the cave, and that's what Bishop Barron reveals.

Word on Fire Vatican II Collection: https://wordonfire.org/vatican2

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2021-03-08
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WOF 273: Abandonment to Divine Providence

Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade's spiritual classic, Abandonment to Divine Providence, taught that everything falls under God's will, from our delights to our challenges, and our happiness will only be fully realized in cooperating with that will. But does this include painful and traumatic experiences? What about COVID? Bishop Barron and Brandon discuss these questions as well as a priest, Fr. Walter Ciszek, who heroically embodied this spiritual principle.

A listener asks, if all of us were like Jesus, wouldn't the world be really boring?

LINKS The Rosary with Bishop Robert Barron Abandonment to Divine Providence by Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade With God in Russia by Fr. Walter Ciszek He Leadeth Me by Fr. Walter Ciszek

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2021-03-01
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WOF 272: Talking to Princeton Students About God (part 2 of 2)

Bishop Barron recently joined students from Princeton University in a virtual Q&A about God, faith, reason, and evangelization. The event was led by Leah Libresco Sargeant, a fellow of the Word on Fire Institute, and graciously hosted by The Aquinas Institute at Princeton?s Catholic Campus Ministry. Today on the podcast, we share the second half of the Q&A (click here to listen to the first half.)

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2021-02-22
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WOF 271: How to Draw Young People Back to the Church

Why do so many young people drift away from God and the Church, and how can we help them return? This is a pressing question for all Catholics, but especially for parents who are brokenhearted about their own sons or daughters who have become unaffiliated.

In today's episode, Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss Brandon's new book, just published by Word on Fire, titled Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church, which provides a game plan for parents hoping to see their loved ones come back to the faith.

A listener asks, what is the promise that God gives us if we keep His commandments? Eternal life, or something else? And what, exactly, is eternal life?

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2021-02-15
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WOF 270: Evangelization 101 (part 1 of 2)

Bishop Barron recently joined students from Princeton University in a virtual Q&A about God, faith, reason, and evangelization. The event was led by Leah Libresco Sargeant, a fellow of the Word on Fire Institute, and graciously hosted by The Aquinas Institute at Princeton?s Catholic Campus Ministry. Today on the podcast, we share the first half of the Q&A.

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2021-02-08
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WOF 269: Kids Q&A w/ Bishop Barron (February 2021)

Today, Bishop Barron answers questions from children all over the world, including:

Is God bigger than an elephant? Why did God make bad germs? How did God come to exist? How can God see us from up in heaven if we can't see him? Do you think animals go to Heaven? Why do bad things happen? If God knows everything, did he make my thoughts? Why did God not give the 10 commandments to Adam and Eve?

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2021-02-01
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WOF 268: What Books Did J.R.R. Tolkien Read?

It's commonly assumed that J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was an arch-conservative, a backward-looking person, and that he valued nothing that smacked of the modern day. But in a groundbreaking new book titled Tolkien's Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages, the first in our Word on Fire Academic line of titles, Dr. Holly Ordway reveals that Tolkien was a much broader reader than previously believed. He was quite familiar with contemporary writers and books, and those modern sources significantly shaped his Middle-earth stories.

Today, Brandon Vogt interviews Holly about her new book and some of the modern writers Tolkien enjoyed.

Pick up your copy of Tolkien's Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages at wordonfire.org/tolkien.

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2021-01-25
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WOF 267: Do Not Fear

According to YouVersion, the popular Bible app, 2020?s most-read Bible verse was Isaiah 41:10: ?So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.?

Bishop Barron discusses this verse, the Bible's repeated encouragement not to be afraid, and how we can overcome our fears of sickness, loss, and death.

A listener asks, was Jesus subject to things like doubt and ignorance?

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2021-01-18
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WOF 266: Falling Toward God

Listen to this sample lesson from Fr. Paul Murray's new course inside the Word on Fire Institute titled ?Prayer, Beauty, Mission: The Hidden Springs of the New Evangelization.? The spiritual life is typically understood to begin in ascent. However, in Christianity it begins with descent, namely the descent of God. As 1 John 4:10 says, God has loved us first. In this lesson, Fr. Paul Murray explores the significance of such a beginning.

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2021-01-11
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WOF 265: Bishop Barron?s Top 5 YouTube Videos of the Decade

As 2020 winds to a close, Bishop Barron reflects back on his five most popular YouTube videos of the decade. He and Brandon Vogt discuss why these videos, in particular, resonated with so many people.

A listener asks, if Jesus already did what he came to do, and Satan realized he was beat, why wasn't that the end of the story? What are we still doing here?

Links Bishop Barron on The Devil (July 2012) Bishop Barron on Gay Marriage & the Breakdown of Moral Argument (April 2013) Bishop Barron on The Holy Spirit (May 2012) Bishop Barron on Whether Hell is Crowded or Empty (March 2011)
"Dare We Hope FAQ" - https://wordonfire.org/hope Bishop Barron on the Jordan Peterson Phenomenon (March 2018)

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2021-01-04
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WOF 264: The Monsters of Social Media

Listen as Fr. Steve Grunow, CEO of Word on Fire, speaks to a group of young Jesuits about the perils of artificial intelligence and the online world.

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2020-12-28
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WOF 263: The Social Dilemma

A hit Netflix documentary, ?The Social Dilemma,? is a film about the dark side of social media explained by the Silicon Valley innovators behind it. Bishop Barron discusses some of the film's insights and offers a Catholic perspective on social media, technology, and their addictive qualities.

A listener asks, if Joseph descended from David, but is not Jesus' biological father, how is Jesus considered to be related to David?

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2020-12-21
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WOF 262: Has Liberalism Failed? w/ Dave Rubin (part 2 of 2)

Today, we share the second half of Bishop Barron's recent discussion with Dave Rubin on the topic "Has Liberalism Failed?" (Click here to listen to the first half.) It's part of the "Bishop Barron Presents" series of conversations with various thinkers and cultural influencers.

In this discussion, Bishop Barron and Dave uncover the underlying issues fueling today?s partisan politics and the culture of contempt. Further, they discuss how to engage in constructive dialogue for the sake of the common good.

To listen to the full conversation, and gain access to dozens of courses, films, and other resources, become part of the Word on Fire Institute.

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2020-12-14
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WOF 261: Evangelization and Guilt by Association

There seems to be a growing sentiment, both within the Church and the wider culture, that if you share a public conversation with someone, or say something nice about one particular aspect of their work, you?re necessarily endorsing everything they?ve ever said or done and can therefore be easily dismissed, a fallacy known as "guilt by association."

Bishop Barron discusses this problem, how it undermines evangelization, and why he chooses to engage people from across the religious and cultural spectrum.

A listener asks, how do you respond to people who discredit Catholicism based on the sex abuse scandals?

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2020-12-07
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WOF 260: Has Liberalism Failed? w/ Dave Rubin (part 1 of 2)

Today, we share the first half of Bishop Barron's recent discussion with Dave Rubin on the topic "Has Liberalism Failed?" It's part of the "Bishop Barron Presents" series of conversations with various thinkers and cultural influencers.

In this discussion, Bishop Barron and Dave uncover the underlying issues fueling today?s partisan politics and the culture of contempt. Further, they discuss how to engage in constructive dialogue for the sake of the common good.

To listen to the full conversation, and gain access to dozens of courses, films, and other resources, become part of the Word on Fire Institute.

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2020-11-30
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WOF 259: Bishop Barron?s 5 Favorite Books of All Time

Today, we look at Bishop Barron's favorite books of all time, from theology to poetry, fiction to stage plays. Download a full PDF guide to his favorite books at wordonfireshow.com/books.

A listener asks about Thomas Aquinas' views on women.

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2020-11-23
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WOF 258: Ideas Have Consequences: The Philosophers that Shaped 2020 (Part 2)

Today we hear the second half of Bishop Barron's recent talk to the Knights of Malta, in which he explains that behind much of the rioting and deep unrest in our country stand ideas stemming from four influential thinkers: Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Michel Foucault. Once we understand some of their most basic ideas, we will recognize their influence everywhere today.

(If you missed the first half of the talk, click here to listen.)

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2020-11-16
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BONUS: Bishop Barron on the ?McCarrick Report?

In this bonus ?Word on Fire Show? episode, Bishop Barron discusses the long-awaited ?McCarrick Report? (PDF), which the Holy See just released on Tuesday, November 10. This long and exhaustive report, spanning over 450 pages, shares the results of a two-year investigation into former-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, exploring how he rose through the ranks of the Catholic hierarchy despite years of sexual abuse and cover up. Bishop Barron shares his thoughts, impressions, and offers a way forward through this awful crisis.

Links Bishop Barron resources on sexual abuse crisis: https://www.wordonfire.org/sexual-abuse

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2020-11-14
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WOF 257: Arianism, Then and Now

A new survey from Ligonier Ministries titled ?The State of Theology? revealed lots of interesting things. But one finding that stood out, and generated lots of headlines, was that most Christians believe about Jesus. Nearly 70% of Catholics believe ?Jesus is the first and greatest being created by God,? while 57% of Catholics believe ?Jesus was a great teacher, but he was not God.? Bishop Barron and Brandon discuss this survey and the ancient heresy these statements reflect.

A listener asks if confirmation is supposed to make us fiery defenders of the faith, then why do some Protestants seem to have more fire for the faith, even without this sacrament?

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2020-11-09
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WOF 256: Ideas Have Consequences: The Philosophers that Shaped 2020 (Part 1)

In a recent talk given to the Knights of Malta, Bishop Barron addressed this convulsive time in our national history, demonstrated by the global pandemic, unstable politics, and outbursts of violence. What he shows is that behind much of the rioting and deep unrest stand ideas stemming from four influential thinkers: Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Michel Foucault. Once we understand some of their most basic ideas, we will recognize their influence everywhere today.

In today's episode, we share the first half of the talk (the second half will be coming soon).

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2020-11-02
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WOF 255: Kids Q&A w/ Bishop Barron (October 2020)

Today, Bishop Barron answers questions from children all over the world, including:

If God is the most powerful being, how isn?t he corrupt? How can God answer all our prayers at once? Did God like us better when we were cavemen? If Jesus walks on earth why can?t we see him? Can Jesus come to us in dreams and bring messages to us? Does God love the Devil? Why did God make wasps and bees? Does God like sports?

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2020-10-26
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WOF 254: Inside Word on Fire - ?The Word on Fire Bible?

In this special episode, Word on Fire's John Barron interviews the design team responsible for the mesmerizing Word on Fire Bible, including Rozann Lee, Michael Stevens, and Nic Fredrickson. Listen as they share the story behind its creation and the workings of Providence that made it happen.

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2020-10-19
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WOF 253: Catholicism and Politics

With the presidential election around the corner, Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt consider principles that should inform our voting decisions. They also discuss a recent Pew Research Center report titled ?8 facts about Catholics and politics in the U.S? and explore the voting guidance provided by the U.S. bishops through their document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.

A listener asks, what can a person of faith do that an atheist can?t do?

2020-10-12
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WOF 252: God, ?Nones,? and the Bible

Listen to this sample lesson from Dr. Anthony Pagliarini's course for the Word on Fire Institute titled ?How Nones Can Misread the Bible.? To access the other six lessons in this course, join the Word on Fire Institute today. You'll also receive a copy of Bishop Barron's new book, the latest issue of the Evangelization & Culture Journal, and immediate access to all of Bishop Barron's films and study programs!

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2020-10-05
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WOF 251: What is Postmodernism?

What is postmodernism? What gave rise to it, what are its main characteristics, and how should Catholics assess it? In this episode, Bishop Barron and Brandon discuss the postmodern turn and its results.

A listener asks, is it impossible for some people to believe in God?

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2020-09-28
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WOF 250: Your Life is Not About You (Part 2 of 2)

Listen to the second part of this sample lesson from Bishop Barron's study program, "Untold Blessing," which explores the three paths of holiness. This is from the third path, knowing that your life is not about you. Enjoy! (Want access to the rest of the talks in this study program? Join the Word on Fire Institute today and get immediate access to all of Bishop Barron's films and study programs!)

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2020-09-21
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WOF 249: Creating Atheists

In his wildly popular book, A Manual for Creating Atheists, Peter Boghossian, a philosophy professor at Portland State University, outlines his process of ?street epistemology,? which is intended to be a process of anti-evangelization, or talking people out of their religious faith. Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss this method of ?street epistemology? and whether it's a good approach for religious dialogue. 

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2020-09-14
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WOF 248: Your Life is Not About You (Part 1 of 2)

Listen to this sample lesson from Bishop Barron's classic study program, "Untold Blessing," which explores the three paths of holiness. Today, we'll hear the first half of Bishop Barron's reflections on the third path, knowing that your life is not about you. Enjoy!

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2020-09-07
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WOF 247: Non-Catholic Q&A w/ Bishop Barron (August 2020)

Today, Bishop Barron answers questions from several non-Catholics, including:

How to foster unity between Protestants and Catholics? Why focus on Mary and the saints instead of the Trinity? I'm converting to Catholicism, but how will that affect my wife? Why doesn't the Church canonize non-Catholics? How to recognize genuine spiritual movements of the soul? What is apostolic succession? Why must bread and wine be used in the Eucharist?

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2020-08-31
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WOF 246: Beauty as a Route of Access to God

Listen to this sample lesson from Bishop Barron?s course inside the Word on Fire Institute on ?The Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar.? Then join the Word on Fire Institute to get access to all twelves lessons in the course (along with all of Bishop Barron?s films and study programs!)

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2020-08-24
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WOF 245: Catholic Morality 101

Our culture holds many different concepts of morality. In this episode, Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss three major theories?consequentialism, deontology/legalism, and virtue ethics?and how compatible each is with Catholicism.

A listener asks about the Word on Fire strategy for discipleship after we evangelize someone.

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2020-08-17
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WOF 244: The Eucharist as Sacred Meal

Listen to this sample lesson from Bishop Barron's film and study program "Eucharist," and then get access to the full study program by joining the Word on Fire Institute.

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2020-08-10
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WOF 243: Bishop Barron?s New Book, ?Renewing Our Hope?

It's an exciting day as we celebrate the launch of Bishop Barron's newest book, Renewing Our Hope: Essays for the New Evangelization (CUA Press). The book pulls together 17 academic essays, talks, and papers that Bishop has composed over the past few years, and covers everything from evangelization, to theology, philosophy, the sex abuse crisis, the priesthood, relativism, liberalism, and even contemporary movies. Brandon and Bishop discuss the book in today's episode.

A listener asks how to dialogue with those who believe that Jesus is just one of many incarnations of God.

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2020-08-03
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WOF 242: What Is Imaginative Apologetics?

How do we share the Faith in a culture where many people don?t understand what we mean by words like "sin" or "salvation"?and where the media constantly bombards us with the idea that the teachings of the Church are irrelevant, outdated, or bigoted?

All too often, people aren?t even interested in hearing about the Faith! Especially when we seek to reach young people or bring back those who have left the Church, we must find ways to communicate more effectively?in short, to make our arguments meaningful. Here, the imagination is essential, but often neglected.

In this sample lesson from her Word on Fire Institute course, Dr. Holly Ordway focuses on the role of the imagination in apologetics, showing how attention to language and meaning can make the work of catechesis and evangelization much more effective.

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2020-07-27
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WOF 241: When a Christian Rock Singer Stops Believing in God

Last month, Jon Steingard, frontman of the Christian rock group Hawk Nelson, revealed that ?he no longer believes in God? after spending his life as a devout Christian. His prominent de-conversion was profiled by The TODAY Show, People Magazine, NPR, and numerous other outlets. In today?s episode of ?The Word on Fire Show,? Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt explore the reasons Jon Steingard gave to explain why he lost his faith.

A listener asks how to explain to a ?none? the role of the Church?s magisterium.

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2020-07-20
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WOF 240: Science was Born of Christianity

The narrative that science and Christianity are enemies is false. Not only are they not enemies but Christianity helped science develop beyond the limits imposed on it by ancient cosmologies. In this sample lesson from her Word on Fire Institute course titled "Science for Evangelists," Dr. Trasancos introduces us to the basics of science and why there is no real conflict between science and Christianity.

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2020-07-13
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WOF 239: International Q&A w/ Bishop Barron (July 2020)

In today?s episode, Bishop Barron fields questions from people all over the world, including:

How do we reconcile love as willing the good of the other with more exclusive love, such as the love between a husband and wife? Some Protestant theologians say that John 6 is not talking about transubstantiation because this dialogue took place before the institution of the Eucharist. What do you think? What does the Catholic Church say about predestination and free will? Why does God need to be worshipped and glorified, and need sacrifices? On human terms, this sounds like his love is conditional and he is insecure. Can dogma be changed or overthrown? Was Jesus a socialist? What are the essential qualities/qualifications needed for evangelism? Degrees or degree program recommendations?

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2020-07-06
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WOF 238: Door Knobs and Sticks

Today we share a sample lesson from Fr. Stephen Gadberry?s course inside the Word on Fire Institute titled ?The People You Will Meet.? Knowing your audience is very important in effective evangelization. In this course, Fr. Gadberry distinguishes the different types of people you will likely meet. His advice is based on years of experience as a Catholic priest engaging people about the faith. 

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2020-06-29
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WOF 237: Distraction and Useless Things

We?re all hyper-distracted, pulled in so many directions from our phones, to TV, to social media. We?re plagued by notifications, texts, pings, and alerts. Why do we put up with all these distractions? How can we avoid them? Bishop Barron shares how to fight back and find pleasure in ?useless things.?

A listener asks how to prove there?s a transcendent dimension if it?s not mathematically or scientifically provable.

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2020-06-22
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WOF 236: Introducing ?The Word on Fire Bible?

NOTE: Due to enormous demand, the leather edition of The Word on Fire Bible: The Gospels ($59) and the Evangelization Pack (1 Leather + 4 Paperbacks for $99) are both out of stock. Both should be available to order again in September when the second printing is complete.

 

Today marks the launch of the long-anticipated Word on Fire Bible! Learn more about this project, which has been four years in the making. Discover what makes The Word on Fire Bible unique, how we chose the translation, and why its captivating beauty and insights can lure even nonbelievers to pick up the Scriptures.

A listener asks why Jesus waited until age thirty to begin his public ministry.

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2020-06-15
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WOF 235: The Story of Salvation

If you aren't familiar with the sweeping story of salvation, the "theo-drama," you won't fully grasp any particular part of the story. Today, Bishop Barron unveils the five acts of the biblical drama: Creation, the Fall, the formation of Israel, Jesus Christ, and the Church.

A listener asks for some recommended biographies on the life of St. Thomas Aquinas.

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2020-06-08
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WOF 234: Kids Q&A w/ Bishop Barron (June 2020)

Kids ask the best questions, and today Bishop Barron responds to many from around the world:

Why did Jesus die on the cross rather than some other death? Why did God make other planets that people can?t live on? Where does God sleep? Will you have friendships in Heaven and will they be the same as friendships on Earth If God can do anything, can he make a mistake? Is an angel a spirit or soul? Also, could there be two Supreme Beings? Why did God allow the Devil to exist? What is the point of people? Why did God decide to create us? Links The Sacraments film series

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2020-06-01
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WOF 233: How to Disagree Well

An article by the Protestant pastor Timothy Keller offers ?6 Principles for How to Argue When You Disagree.? Bishop Barron and Brandon walk through the article and discuss how we can have better conversations with people who hold very different views than us.

A listener asks if, as a priest, Bishop Barron ever gets bored at prayer.

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2020-05-25
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WOF 232: The Cataclysm Sentence

One day in 1961, the famous physicist Richard Feynman stepped in front of a Caltech lecture hall and posed this question to a group of undergraduate students: ?If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence was passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words??

In today?s episode we apply that same thought experiment to some of the greatest thinkers and saints from our tradition. What one sentence would encapsulate their thought? We look at Moses, Jesus, Paul, Augustine, Aquinas, Merton, and even Bishop Barron?s own ?cataclysm sentence?!

A listener asks whether God made a mistake in creating humans.

Links Watch ?Sacraments? film Radio Lab episode ? ?The Cataclysm Sentence?

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2020-05-18
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WOF 231: Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?

A recent New York Times story claimed to reveal ?Why the Big Bang Produced Something Rather Than Nothing.? Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss the article and whether science is capable of answering this classic philosophical question.

A listener asks about the fear of God, and whether it?s appropriate since God is all loving.

Links ?Why the Big Bang Produced Something Rather Than Nothing? (New York Times) Word on Fire Bible

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2020-05-11
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WOF 230: Understanding the Holy Spirit

What are the basics we should know about the Holy Spirit? Who is he? And why is the Holy Spirit even necessary? Why not just God the Father and God the Son? In today's episode Bishop Barron reflects on the Holy Spirit and explains how to grow closer to him and receive all his gifts.

A listener asks, what type of items would belong in a home devotional corner?

Links Saint Catherine of Siena by Fr. Paul Murray, OP

 

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2020-05-04
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