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The Word on Fire Show - Catholic Faith and Culture Bishop Robert Barron

    • Religion & Spirituality
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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 442: Dante Ascends the Paradiso

    WOF 442: Dante Ascends the Paradiso

    We have arrived at the end of our journey with Dante. At the top of Mount Purgatory, Dante ascends the Paradiso and in the highest heaven, he beholds the divine glory of the beatific vision: God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    Bishop Barron's course, “Dante’s Catholic Imagination,” is timeless and ever-relevant. Watch it in its entirety in the Word on Fire Institute.


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    • 26 min
    WOF 441: Did Bill Maher Become an Ally?

    WOF 441: Did Bill Maher Become an Ally?

    The atheist political commentator and television host Bill Maher has long been a bitter critic of Christianity. In additional to regular swipes at Christians on his shows, Maher also devoted an entire documentary film, sardonically entitled Religulous, to lampoon what he takes to be Christianity’s moral and theological absurdities. However, Maher has recently tempered his anti-Christian rhetoric and started focusing his biting wit on criticizing progressive woke ideology and condemning positions like neo-racism, the denial of biology, and the stifling of free speech in ways that the Catholic tradition would largely agree with.

    In light of this apparent shift, is it time for people of faith to reassess Bill Maher? Has one of Christianity’s most vocal opponents now become an ally or, perhaps, even a friend? 

    A listener asks, “What is truth?”
    00:00 | Intro
    01:32 | Bishop Barron’s recent diaconate ordinations
    02:35 | Bill Maher’s analysis of religion
    04:47 | What rationalism misses in its critique of religion
    06:35 | Historic interpretive strategies for reading the Bible
    10:31 | Freedom of speech and cancel culture
    12:14 | On racial emphases
    14:11 | Equality vs. equity
    17:05 | Oppressors and the oppressed
    18:21 | The philosophical roots of classical liberalism
    20:01 | The value of classical liberalism over political progressivism
    22:14 | Critiquing classical liberalism
    26:18 | Is classical liberalism necessarily doomed?
    28:39 | Finding points of agreement
    30:41 | Listener question
    32:48 | Join the Word on Fire Institute

     

    Links:
    Religulous: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0815241/quotes/ Bishop Barron’s CNN article: https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/28/opinions/catholic-bishop-found-an-ally-in-bill-maher-barron/index.html Word on Fire Institute: https://institute.wordonfire.org/  


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    • 33 min
    WOF 440: Atoning for the Seven Deadly Sins

    WOF 440: Atoning for the Seven Deadly Sins

    Our journey continues through Dante's poetic imagery of the seven deadly sins. As Bishop Barron describes them in order of their severity, we discover that in order to atone for each sin, those in purgatory are punished with the repetitive practice of a countervailing virtue.

    Bishop Barron's course, “Dante’s Catholic Imagination,” is timeless and ever-relevant. Watch it in its entirety in the Word on Fire Institute.


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    • 14 min
    WOF 439: Is Christianity Useful to the West?

    WOF 439: Is Christianity Useful to the West?

    Is Christianity a useful religion to the West? Atheist Richard Dawkins recently claimed that, while still an atheist, he considers himself a “cultural Christian” because of Christianity’s utility in supporting Western cultural and political values, which he laments are under attack. Former atheist Ayaan Hirsi Ali also recently shared that she became a Christian upon realizing that Christianity is necessary to preserve Western political norms.

    There are some complex and even troubling underlying questions about making the connection between Christianity and utility, especially as it relates to contemporary “Western values.” How is the utility defined and in response to what specific societal goals? Is Christianity’s utility limited to the West alone? Aren’t there some “Western values” that are antithetical to Christianity?

    A listener asks how to respond to the common criticism from atheists that Christians only believe in God because they are scared of death.

    00:00 | Intro
    01:32 | Bishop Barron’s recent farm visit
    03:00 | Recapping Richard Dawkins and the New Atheism
    07:14 | Unpacking Richard Dawkins as a “cultural Christian”
    12:38 | Can Christianity be culturally useful without a fixed cultural aim?
    14:13 | Making moral judgments without a fixed standard
    16:43 | The fundamentality of Christian thought in the West
    19:51| Remembering the doctrinal dimension of Christianity
    21:51 | Other influences in Western thought
    25:16 | Is linking Christianity and Western thought evangelically helpful?
    27:23 | Listener question
    29:44 | Join the Word on Fire Institute

    Show Notes:
    Article: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/257276/famous-atheist-richard-dawkins-says-he-considers-himself-a-cultural-christian Article: https://unherd.com/2023/11/why-i-am-now-a-christian/ Word on Fire Institute: https://institute.wordonfire.org/

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    • 30 min
    WOF 438: Damned Alone—But Saved Together

    WOF 438: Damned Alone—But Saved Together

    Continuing the journey in the fourth lecture of Bishop Barron’s course, “Dante’s Catholic Imagination,” we see notion that “we’re damned alone, but we’re only saved together” on full display as Dante climbs Mount Purgatory. While hell was a place of violence and self absorption, purgatory is a place of charity, hope, and faith.

    This timeless and ever-relevant course is available in its entirety in the Word on Fire Institute.


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    • 24 min
    WOF 437: Is Safety Culture Good for Us?

    WOF 437: Is Safety Culture Good for Us?

    Terms like “safe spaces,” “trigger warnings,” “harm reduction,” “micro-aggression,” “emotional wellbeing” and “fragility” are dominating the culture as well as the governance of many institutions. But by some measurements, our society is more physically compromised and mentally delicate than ever. Today, we discuss the contemporary embrace of “safety” and whether it overlaps with a Catholic understanding of the individual and common good.  
    A listener asks, can a priest ever deny absolution during confession?
    00:00 | Intro
    01:51 | Bishop Barron’s Confirmation season
    02:30 | Understanding the contemporary use of “safety”
    07:45 | The relationship between risk, safety, and flourishing
    12:23 | The emotional life and its role
    16:14 | Physical safety as the highest good
    21:36 | Speech as a form of violence
    24:04 | The spiritual works of mercy vs. coddling
    25:16 | Safety and the cardinal virtues
    26:42 | Christ crucified and the value of safety
    27:58 | Listener question
    30:03 | Word on Fire Institute
    Links: Learn about the Word on Fire Institute: https://institute.wordonfire.org/ NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a Word on Fire IGNITE member! Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners . . . like you! So become a part of this mission and join IGNITE today to become a Word on Fire insider and receive some special donor gifts for your generosity.

    • 30 min

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