Rank #1: WOF 079: The Spirituality of Marriage
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?
Rank #2: WOF 004: Answering the Atheists
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.
Rank #3: WOF 019: How to Discern God's Will for Your Life
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
Rank #4: WOF 169: The Metaphysics of Prayer
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.
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Rank #5: WOF 117: Who is Jordan Peterson?
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.
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- 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?
Rank #6: WOF 191: Googling God
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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Rank #7: WOF 008: Understanding the Eucharist
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.
Rank #8: BONUS: Bishop Barron and William Lane Craig Dialogue
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.
Rank #9: BONUS: Bishop Barron Q&A about the Sexual Abuse Crisis
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.
Rank #10: WOF 063: Stephen Colbert, Ricky Gervais, and the Debate About God
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.
- 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?
- Study Program
- The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters (Bishop Barron)
- Word On Fire (Proclaiming Christ in the Culture)
Rank #11: WOF 091: Does Religion Have a Smart-People Problem?
Every now and then, articles and surveys pop up suggesting that religious people are, by whatever criteria, dumber than then general population—or at least dumber than atheists. Today Bishop Barron responds to this and the charge that religion has a “smart-people problem.” A listener asks about new ecclesial movements in the Church.
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- 0:05 - Intro and Catholic podcast recommendations
- 1:30 - Bishop Barron's initial reaction to the articles claiming that religion has a smart-people problem.
- 5:00 - What does it say about religion when studies show that most scientists are atheists?
- 8:30 - Is it worrisome that most professional philosophers are atheists?
- 12:00 - Does it matter that most religious philosophers are theists?
- 13:30 - How does the culture feel about religious people, are they considered childish and simple-minded?
- 17:50 - What does historical evidence tell us about the relationship between science and religion?
- 19:30 - Question from listener: What's your take on Communion and Liberation and other ecclesial movements in the Church?
- Study Program
- "Religion’s Smart-People Problem: The Shaky Intellectual Foundations of Absolute Faith" (Salon)
- "A Scientist Looked Through 63 Studies to Conclude Atheists are More Intelligent than Religious People" (Indy 100)
- "Atheists More Intelligent Because They Can Override “Instinctive” Religious Beliefs—But It Will Be Their Downfall" (Newsweek)
- "Religion’s Smart-People Problem: The Shaky Intellectual Foundations of Absolute Faith" (Salon)
Rank #12: WOF 096: Aquinas and the Arguments for God (Part 1 of 2)
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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- 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?
- Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master by Bishop Barron
- Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide by Edward Feser
- Five Proofs of the Existence of God by Edward Feser
- The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism by Edward Feser
- Aquinas: An Introduction to the Life and Work of the Great Medieval Thinker by F. C. Copleston
- To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming Christ in a Secular Age by Bishop Barron
Rank #13: WOF 072: The Benedict Option
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.
- 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?
- "How St. Benedict Reshaped the Culture" (Father Steve Grunow)
- "The Benedict Option and the Identity/Relevance Dilemma" (Bishop Barron)
- "A Secular Europe and the Mission of the Church" (Bishop Barron)
- The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rod Dreher
- The Priority of Christ by Bishop Barron
- The Strangest Way by Bishop Barron
- Study Program
Rank #14: WOF 132: Why Does God Allow Evil and Suffering?
Nearly every day we hear about natural disasters, school shootings, and profound tragedies. Each of us experiences pain and suffering. So why does God allow it? Why doesn't he just prevent all evil from occurring? That's what Bishop Barron discusses in today's episode. A listener asksTopics Discussed
- o:04 - Introduction, Bishop Barron talks about his The Mass Study Program
- 3:14 - How did St. Augustine wrestle with the problem of evil?
- 10:00 - How did Thomas Aquinas deal with the problem of evil philosophically and theologically?
- 17:00 - How could God under any circumstances permit the Holocaust?
- 20:00 - How did God deal with the problem of evil on the Cross?
- 23:00 - How would Bishop Barron explain evil to a grieving sufferer?
- 24:50 - Question: Why did God not make us more capable of understanding him?
Rank #15: WOF 025: The Greatest Sermon Ever
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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- 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?
- The Beatitudes: A Spiritual Program (Bishop Barron)
Rank #16: WOF 006: Three Paths to Holiness
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.
Rank #17: WOF 164: The Return of Paganism
Ross Douthat recently published an op-ed in the New York Times titled "The Return of Paganism." He argues that maybe there actually is a genuinely post-Christian future for America, one that mixes pantheism with civic religion.Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss the article. A listener asks why God needed a second coming of Christ and couldn't have accomplished everything during his first coming.
Rank #18: WOF 143: Why People Become “Nones”
Bishop Barron was recently appointed as a representative of the U.S. Bishops for the upcoming Synod in Rome on "Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment." In this episode, he shares why he thinks this Synod is more important that other recent gatherings, and some of the main reasons why people become "nones" and leave the Church. He also explains why accompaniment involves apologetics and how the two are mutually implicative. A listener asks when Bishop Barron says "love the other, as other," what does he mean by "as other"?Topics Discussed
- 0:04 - Introduction
- 3:30 - Why is the upcoming synod so important?
- 5:00 - Why are young people becoming "nones"?
- 9:45 - What is the number one reason people leave the Church and why?
- 12:00 - Why do accompaniment and apologetics go hand and hand?
- 19:30 - What questions does the New Apologetics need to respond to?
- 24:30 - Listener Question: When you say "love the other, as other," what do you mean by "as other"?
Rank #19: WOF 101: What to Make of the Protestant Reformation?
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?
Rank #20: WOF 162: The Most Popular Bible Verses
According to data from BibleGateway.com and YouVersion, the popular Bible app, the most popular Bible verse of 2018 was Isaiah 41:10: "Do not fear." Bishop Barron looks at several other verses that cracked the list and reveals the right (and wrong) ways to understand them. A listener asks for clarification on Bishop Barron's comments about the salvation of Jews on Ben Shapiro's interview show.