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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 233: How to Disagree Well

    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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    • 33 min
    WOF 232: The Cataclysm Sentence

    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” NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!

    • 35 min
    WOF 231: Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?

    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 NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!

    • 29 min
    WOF 230: Understanding the Holy Spirit

    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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    • 28 min
    WOF 229: Is the Nuclear Family a Mistake?

    WOF 229: Is the Nuclear Family a Mistake?

    In a recent article for The Atlantic, David Brooks claims “The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake.” He contends that the model of a married couple with 2.5 kids was an anomaly in the 1950s and 1960s, and that this nuclear family model is no longer working for many Americans, especially those who are less privileged. To address this family crisis, Brooks argues we need to break out of the nuclear-family-is-best mindset and “thicken and broaden” family relationships by incorporating extended families and “families of choice” (e.g., friends, co-religionists, and other voluntary groups living together) as better ways to raise children.
    Bishop Barron offers his thoughts on the article and how they compare with Catholic social teaching on the family.
    A listener asks how to define beauty prove that it’s objective?
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    • 31 min
    WOF 228: The Quest for the Historical Jesus

    WOF 228: The Quest for the Historical Jesus

    Jesus has naturally been a key person of interest for Western thought, but over the last few hundred years, there have been some major shifts in what scholars describe as the “quest for the historical Jesus.”
    Bishop Barron provides an overview of these developments and the problematic attempt to separate the “Jesus of history” from the “Christ of Faith.”

    A listener asks what Bishop Barron would say about Jesus walking on water.
    Links The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians by N.T. Wright Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration by Pope Benedict XVI Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week by Pope Benedict XVI Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives by Pope Benedict XVI
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    • 38 min

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