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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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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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Fantastic!

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It’s a wonderfully balanced show!

Time well spent

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Fantastic every time. Informative, thoughtful, challenging. Worth listening to always.

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2860 Ratings
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Fantastic!

By conseabass - Nov 06 2019
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It’s a wonderfully balanced show!

Time well spent

By ATXFox - Nov 06 2019
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Fantastic every time. Informative, thoughtful, challenging. Worth listening to always.

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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.

WOF 203: Joe Rogan, Richard Dawkins, and God (Part 1 of 2)

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Joe Rogan, host of the one of the world’s most popular podcasts, recently interviewed Richard Dawkins about Dawkins’ new book, Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide. It’s a follow-up book to Dawkins’ bestselling The God Delusion, although this one is aimed at younger readers. The Rogan/Dawkins interview went immediately viral, drawing over a million views within 48 hours.

Today, Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt talk through the first half of the interview, responding to arguments raised against God and religion. (Check back next week for our discussion of the second half!)

A listener asks whether Bishop Barron has considered making Word on Fire into a religious order.

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Oct 28 2019

45mins

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WOF 202: Saints and Smartphones

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Surveys show 61% of people sleep with their phones and 75% grab their phones as soon as they wake up. We’re addicted to our smartphones. In this episode, Bishop Barron reflects on this problem (including his own smartphone use), offering guidance from some of the greatest saints and spiritual masters in the Catholic tradition.

A listener asks whether saints feel emotions in heaven, such as feeling sad when friends or family on earth struggle with sin.

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Oct 21 2019

29mins

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WOF 079: The Spirituality of Marriage

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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 12 2017

29mins

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WOF 019: How to Discern God's Will for Your Life

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What does God want me to do with my life? And how can I
discern God's will for my day-to-day decisions? We all ask these
questions and today Bishop Barron offers his advice. A listener
also asks how Bishop Barron discerned his own call to the
priesthood.

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

Apr 19 2016

27mins

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WOF 004: Answering the Atheists

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Atheism is on the rise, especially among young people and notably on the Internet. Bishop Robert Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss the most popular atheist arguments and how to respond. They also talk about Bishop Barron's new study program, "The Mystery of God", and take a question from a new father wondering how to properly describe God to his young child.Find bonus links and resources for this episode at http://WordOnFireShow.com and be sure to submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.com.

Jan 05 2016

28mins

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BONUS: Bishop Barron and William Lane Craig Dialogue

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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 16 2018

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WOF 117: Who is Jordan Peterson?

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Dr. Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist and mythology enthusiast, has exploded onto the scene, becoming the world's most popular intellectual figure in just a few short months. Who is he and what should know about him? And why have his ideas gained so much traction, especially young men? Over the next couple episodes, Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss the Jordan Peterson phenomenon and reflect on his work from a Catholic perspective. A listener asks whether it's fine to use secular mindfulness meditation to relieve anxiety.

BONUS: Learn more about the first ever Word on Fire National Conference for Priests >> http://wordonfire.org/priest

Topics Discussed
  • 0:04 - Introduction, Bishop spends time with Jim Caviezel
  • 4:45 - How did Bishop Barron first come to know Jordan Peterson?
  • 7:20 - Who are some of the philosophical influences of Jordan Peterson?
  • 10:40 - Why does Jordan Peterson place such an emphasis on the Bible?
  • 14:10 - How does Peterson view Nietzsche and our reaction to life's suffering?
  • 24:05 - What is Jordan Peterson's reading of the Garden of Eden in Genesis?
  • 28:15 - What is Jordan Peterson's take on Buddhism and Christian redemptive suffering?
  • 30:00 - Why does Jordan Peterson believe you should absolutely never tell a lie?
  • 33:00 - Why has Jordan Peterson become so popular especially amongst young men?
  • 37:30 - Listener question: Is it okay for a Catholic to engage in secular mindfulness meditation in order to relieve anxiety?
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Mar 05 2018

40mins

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WOF 008: Understanding the Eucharist

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What is the Eucharist? How do Catholics understand it as meal, sacrifice, and Real Presence? In this episode, we share Bishop Barron's full keynote talk on the Eucharist from the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in the Philippines.

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

Feb 02 2016

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WOF 169: The Metaphysics of Prayer

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What's actually happening when we pray? In this episode, Bishop Barron answers the deepest questions about prayer, not necessarily how to pray but what is prayer? A listener asks about the Rosary prayer and how it operates.

NOTE: As we move into Lent, sign up for Bishop Barron's free daily Lent reflections at LentReflections.com

Mar 04 2019

29mins

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BONUS: Bishop Barron Q&A about the Sexual Abuse Crisis

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Many of you have asked for Bishop Barron's thoughts on the McCarrick abuse crisis, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and the recent report from Archbishop Viganò. We're all devastated by the horrific suffering of these many victims, and we're all wondering what to do next.

Bishop Barron shared some thoughts a couple weeks ago, in an article, but we thought it might be helpful to have a more candid conversation today, building on the USCCB's recent statement.

Listen to the discussion here, and together let's pray for the victims and the entire Body of Christ.

Aug 28 2018

25mins

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WOF 063: Stephen Colbert, Ricky Gervais, and the Debate About God

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Does God exist? That is the question Catholic comedian and television host, Stephen Colbert, debated with his Late Show guest, the popular actor and outspoken atheist, Ricky Gervais. The YouTube video clip of the two men going "head to head on religion" has gone viral, quickly garnering over 2.5 million views. In this episode of The Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron breaks down each segment of the discussion and offers helpful insights for everyone fascinated (or haunted) by questions about God. The listener question asks whether atheists or theists bear the burden of proof when it comes to these debates.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop Barron's trip to Georgia for a Pivotal Players promotion
  • 4:00 - Colbert to Gervais, "Why is there something rather than nothing?"
  • 7:36 - What is the difference between asking why the universe exists and h0w the universe exists?
  • 12:05 - Colbert to Gervais, "Do you believe in a prime mover?"
  • 14:05 - Gervais explains what he believes an agnostic atheist is.
  • 16:57 - Gervais to Colbert, "You deny one less God than I do"
  • 20:52 - Colbert to Gervais, "Do you ever have a feeling of great gratitude for existence?"
  • 25:47 - Gervais explains to Colbert that Science is repeatable and holy books are not.
  • 29:20 - Listener Question: Do atheists or theists bear the burden of proof during debates about the existence of God?
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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.

Feb 21 2017

32mins

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WOF 096: Aquinas and the Arguments for God (Part 1 of 2)

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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.

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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 09 2017

36mins

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WOF 185: Myths of the Catholic Church

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As the Word on Fire Institute launches a new course by Dr. Christopher Kaczor on “Myths of the Catholic Church,” Bishop Barron and host Jared Zimmerer talk about seven of the most common misunderstandings people have about Catholicism.

A listener asks how Catholics should view the advancement of AI technology.

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Jun 24 2019

29mins

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WOF 006: Three Paths to Holiness

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What does it mean to be a saint? Bishop Barron shares the three-fold path to holiness, which involves finding the center, knowing you're a sinner, and discovering that your life is not about you. This week, Bishop Barron also answers a question about the relationship between mercy and justice.

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

Jan 19 2016

37mins

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WOF 176: A God Problem in "The New York Times"

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Recently, The New York Times featured an op-ed by philosophy professor Peter Atteton, who tried to show that the idea of God is incoherent. Bishop Barron responds to Atteton's points and shows how there are no logical problems with believing in God.

A listener asks whether Catholic universities should begin offering an evangelization major or concentration.

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Apr 22 2019

26mins

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WOF 025: The Greatest Sermon Ever

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It's been widely hailed as the greatest sermon ever preached and a masterpiece of religious and social ethics. Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5-7, commences with the "beatitudes", a series of eight blessings that Jesus gives to those who suffer, mourn, and express purity of heart. Bishop Barron walks through each beatitude and unveils its deeper meaning. A listener asks whether, according to Thomas Aquinas, God loves everyone the same or has a special hatred for sinners.

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Topics Discussed
  • 0:26  - Bishop Barron's new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players
  • 1:34 - What does "beatitude" mean?
  • 4:35 - How the beatitudes of Jesus are different than other religious teachings
  • 6:25 - How can the "poor in spirit" be blessed?
  • 7:32 - How will those who mourn be comforted?
  • 9:15 - The future promise of comfort for those who mourn
  • 10:06 - What does it mean to be "meek"?
  • 11:21 - How will the meek "inherit the land"?
  • 12:12 -  How God satisfied those who "hunger and thirst for righteousness"
  • 13:49 - What "blessed are the merciful" means
  • 15:09 - How the mercy we express is tied to the mercy we receive
  • 16:55 - How do we become "clean of heart"?
  • 18:39 - Pornography and the "clean of heart"
  • 19:37 - Why peacemakers will become children of God
  • 20:55 - Cardinal George and the eschatological dimension of peacemaking
  • 22:51 - Why religious persecution can be a form of blessing
  • 25:27 - Question from listener: Does God love everyone the same or hate sinners?
Bonus Resources

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

May 31 2016

31mins

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WOF 072: The Benedict Option

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Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation has certainly emerged as the most talked-about religious book of 2017. There is a widely-felt instinct that something has gone rather deeply wrong with the culture and that classical Christianity, at least in the West, is in a bit of a mess. So, do we need the Benedict Option now? In this episode, Bishop Robert Barron discusses the upsides and the pitfalls of employing the Benedict option during these difficult times. The listener question wonders how Christians should engage the political arena.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, New announcement regarding Pivotal Players: Volume 2.
  • 3:42 - Has something gone terribly wrong in our society?
  • 4:36 - What are Bishop Barron's thoughts on the Benedict Option as a proposal?
  • 6:30 - Who was Saint Benedict and how can he help solve our modern problems?
  • 8:50 - How is Noah's Ark a good symbol for the Benedict Option?
  • 11:23 - What is the identity/relevance dilemma?
  • 13:55 - How does St. John Paul II relate to the Benedict Option?
  • 18:10 - Should the Church pull back on political engagement?
  • 22:05 - Should Christians pull out of society and live in separate communities?
  • 24:30 - Is homeschooling the best option for Christian children?
  • 28:15 - Should we avoid occupations that will force us to compromise our values?
  • 31:20 - Should we avoid technology as Christians?
  • 34:33 - Question from listener: Should Christians be active in the political arena?
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.

Apr 25 2017

38mins

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WOF 031: 5 Ways to Pray Better Today

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Whenever there's a survey asking Christians, "What's one area in your spiritual life you'd like to improve?",  the answers almost inevitably center around prayer. In today's episode, Bishop Barron explains what precisely prayer is and then offers some simple steps as well as some more advanced techniques to help us all grow in intimacy with God. With this goal in mind, Bishop Barron leads listeners down five different avenues of prayer that range from informal dialogue to the mass itself. Finally, the listener question comes from a seminarian in Phoenix who wonders where Catholics should draw the line when it comes to the teachings of a notable 21st-century Christian writer.

Topics Discussed
  • 0:18  - Bishop Barron discusses his upcoming trip to World Youth Day
  • 4:00 - What is prayer and how does conversational prayer begin?
  • 8:42 - How does God speak to us in prayer?
  • 10:58 - What is "Lectio Divina" and how do we pray it?
  • 14:45 - What are some forms of rote prayers and what is their benefit?
  • 20:40 - What is the Liturgy of The Hours and how do we access it?
  • 24:00 - How is the Liturgy of The Hours a universal prayer?
  • 26:00 - How can enter into the Holy Mass specifically as a prayer?
  • 28:00 - How might we advance through these five forms of prayer?
  • 29:25 -  What does Bishop Barron's holy hour entail?
  • 35:20 - Listener Question: Where should we draw the line with N.T. Wright?
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 12 2016

38mins

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WOF 089: What Really Happens When We Die?

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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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  • 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 21 2017

29mins

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WOF 101: What to Make of the Protestant Reformation?

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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 13 2017

27mins

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WOF 209: 5 Ways to Draw Young People Back to God

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At the recent USCCB meeting, Bishop Barron gave a presentation to all the American bishops in which he offered five ways to draw young people back to God. Today, we discuss each way.

A listener asks which books Bishop Barron would recommend to counter his biology teacher who tells him to read Bertrand Russell and Christopher Hitchens.

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Dec 09 2019

34mins

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WOF 208: The Queen of the Sciences

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Should theology be a core subject studied in universities? John Henry Newman certainly thought so. Today, we share a sample lesson from Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire Institute course on Newman, titled “The Queen of the Sciences.” It focuses on Newman’s book, Idea of a University, and his comments on the role of religion in the circle of university disciplines.

Join the Word on Fire Institute today and get access to all 12 lessons in Bishop Barron’s course on Newman.

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Dec 02 2019

22mins

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WOF 207: Christ the King

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The first words out of Jesus’ mouth—and the central theme of his preaching—concerned the Kingdom of God. As we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, Bishop Barron explores three dimensions of his unique kingship.

A listener asks if God is love, and love is an act of the will, is God reducible to will?

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Nov 25 2019

32mins

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WOF 206: Listener Q&A w/ Bishop Barron

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This week, Bishop Barron answers questions from listeners all over the world. These include:

  • If animals have distinct personalities, then why does the Church teach they don’t have souls?
  • What is being conveyed by identifying Jesus as the New Adam and Mary as the New Eve?
  • Do you believe we have a predestined “purpose”?
  • What can we say about the love of God to someone who has lost an infant to disease, or a parent to suicide?
  • If evil is a privation of good (non-being), how can demons be pure non-being?
  • Why do some people say, after they die, they wish to see God “face to face”? What does this mean?
  • Does the Incarnation bring about the fulfillment of nature, or is Jesus’ divinity something supernaturally added to an already-complete human nature?

If you have a question, be sure to send it in via AskBishopBarron.com.

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Nov 18 2019

33mins

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WOF 205: How to Discern the Spirits

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What did St. Ignatius mean when he counseled followers to “discern the spirits”? How do we do this? Bishop Barron unpacks the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and offers practical tips on how to discern God’s will in your life.

A listener asks how to discern whether God is calling him to marriage or the priesthood.

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Nov 11 2019

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WOF 204: Outgrowing Atheism (Part 2 of 2)

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oday we discuss the second half of Joe Rogan’s interview with atheist Richard Dawkins about Dawkins’ new book, Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide. (If you missed the first half, check out last week’s episode!)

A listener asks whether Bishop Barron has considered making Word on Fire into a religious order.

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Nov 04 2019

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WOF 203: Joe Rogan, Richard Dawkins, and God (Part 1 of 2)

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Joe Rogan, host of the one of the world’s most popular podcasts, recently interviewed Richard Dawkins about Dawkins’ new book, Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide. It’s a follow-up book to Dawkins’ bestselling The God Delusion, although this one is aimed at younger readers. The Rogan/Dawkins interview went immediately viral, drawing over a million views within 48 hours.

Today, Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt talk through the first half of the interview, responding to arguments raised against God and religion. (Check back next week for our discussion of the second half!)

A listener asks whether Bishop Barron has considered making Word on Fire into a religious order.

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Oct 28 2019

45mins

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WOF 202: Saints and Smartphones

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Surveys show 61% of people sleep with their phones and 75% grab their phones as soon as they wake up. We’re addicted to our smartphones. In this episode, Bishop Barron reflects on this problem (including his own smartphone use), offering guidance from some of the greatest saints and spiritual masters in the Catholic tradition.

A listener asks whether saints feel emotions in heaven, such as feeling sad when friends or family on earth struggle with sin.

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Oct 21 2019

29mins

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WOF 201: What Unbelievers Asked on Reddit

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Last month, Bishop Barron visited Reddit for another #AMA (ask me anything). Over 15,000 comments poured in from young skeptics around the world, making it the third most-commented on #AMA of the year, and the ninth most popular in Reddit history. Today, Bishop Barron reflects on the experience and four main patterns of questions he noticed.

A listener asks for a concrete example of mercy mocking justice.

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Oct 14 2019

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WOF 200: Understanding the Post-Vatican II Church

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How do we make sense of all the names, groups, and movements surrounding the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965)? What are the key things to know, and how have they shaped today’s Catholic Church? Bishop Barron explains.

A listener asks why secular philosophy departments tend to discount Scholasticism in favor of modern philosophy.

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Oct 07 2019

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WOF 199: Does Free Will Exist?

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A recent article in The Atlantic claimed “A Famous Argument Against Free Will Has Been Debunked". It focused on a famous experiment during the 1980s that seems to show our brain "decides" on our behavior before we actually make particular choices. Many believed this confirmed we don't have free will, that all our thoughts and behaviors are determined.

But is this the case? Is free will just an illusion? Bishop Barron explains some of the classic arguments for free will and its relationship to God and Christianity.

A listener asks why in Catholicism pride is a deadly sin, but Aristotle describes it as a virtue.

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Sep 30 2019

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WOF 198: How We Come to Believe in God (Part 2 of 2)

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This week, we share the second half of a talk from Bishop Barron on John Henry Newman’s book, The Grammar of Assent. We shared the first half last week, so be sure to listen to that first.

The Grammar of Assent concerns question about how we come to believe in God, and is widely considered Newman’s most important text.

Also, it’s a timely topic, since John Henry Newman will be canonized in just a couple weeks, on October 13. Bishop Barron will be attending the canonization, then a few days later will deliver a talk at Oxford University on “John Henry Newman and the New Evangelization.” That talk, which we’re planning to livestream, will focus primarily on The Grammar of Assent.

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Sep 23 2019

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WOF 197: Newman's Most Important Book (Part 1 of 2)

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This week, we share the first half of a talk from Bishop Barron on John Henry Newman’s book, The Grammar of Assent. The book concerns the question of belief–how we come to believe in God–and is widely considered his most important text.

Also, it’s a timely topic, since John Henry Newman will be canonized in just a couple weeks, on October 13. Bishop Barron will be attending the canonization, then a few days later will deliver a talk at Oxford University on “John Henry Newman and the New Evangelization.” That talk, which we’re planning to livestream, will focus primarily on The Grammar of Assent.

So enjoy the first half of this talk, and we’ll share the second half next week.

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Sep 16 2019

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WOF 196: Kids Q&A w/ Bishop Barron

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Bishop Barron takes questions from kids, including:

  • Why did Jesus pick Judas to be one of his disciples when he knew Judas would betray him?
  • Does Heaven have night time?
  • How is St. Michael an angel and a saint?
  • How does a family with young kids perform the corporal/spiritual works of mercy?

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Sep 09 2019

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WOF 195: What Makes Us Happy?

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The annual United Nations World Happiness Report, which measures the happiness of different countries, is always dominated by Scandinavian nations. Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland have always been in the top ten. But what’s striking is that these happiest countries are also those which rank among the least religious. On the flip side, most African countries, which tend to be the very religious, consistently land near the bottom of the U.N. Happiness Report.

What does Bishop Barron make of this? How should we actually define happiness, and what have the great thinkers and saints throughout time said about finding happiness? That’s what we discuss in today’s episode.

A listener asks how we reconcile all the violence/competition seen in nature with the Creator God of peace.

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Sep 02 2019

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WOF 194: International Q&A w/ Bishop Barron

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Today, Bishop Barron answers questions from all over the world about God, the Church, and the culture. Will it be possible to upload one’s consciousness to a computer and attain immortality? Why was Christianity started in the West? If humans are born with original sin, then why does the Bible encourage us to have children and increase the amount of sin in the world? Listen for Bishop Barron’s answers!

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Aug 26 2019

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WOF 193: The Eucharist Problem

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A recent Pew Research Center study revealed that “just one-third of U.S. Catholics agree with their church that Eucharist is body, blood of Christ.” What’s the cause of this? And moving forward, how do we fix the problem? Bishop Barron discusses in today’s episode.

(Explore a collection of my resources on the Eucharist here: https://www.wordonfire.org/presence)

A listener asks if the Eucharist gives us life, why do we reserve it only for Catholics?

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Aug 19 2019

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WOF 192: Karl Marx and Millennials

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Today, we discuss a recent article in Teen Vogue titled "Who is Karl Marx?" which shows how many teens and teachers have begun dabbling in Marxism. There have been a slew of other articles noting the rise of Millennials supporting socialism. Having done his masters work in philosophy on Karl Marx, Bishop Barron introduces us to this influential thinker and his main ideas, noting the problems the Catholic Church has with them.

A listener asks why the Apostle's Creed says Jesus "descended into Hell."

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Aug 12 2019

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WOF 191: Googling God

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Today, we use Google's autocomplete feature to have Bishop Barron respond to some of the top questions people search for beginning with the phrase "Does God...". Does God love everyone? Does God change his mind? Does God have a name? Listen and find out!

A listener asks what evidence we have for the existence of Jesus.

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Aug 05 2019

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WOF 190: On the Road with Bartolomé de las Casas

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Bishop Barron is wrapping up the final two episodes of his Pivotal Players film series. Today, Joseph Gloor interviews Bishop Barron in the car as they recount significant sites they've visited associated with the last pivotal player, Bartolomé de las Casas.

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Jul 29 2019

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