Listen to Bishop Barron's talk at the Facebook HQ, which has already been heard over 275,000 times. Every day, millions of people argue about religion on social media. The comboxes of religious and atheist sites are among the most visited and the most heated in the virtual space. But few people really know how to have a good religious argument. Lots of energy, lots of sharp words, and lots of strong feelings are expressed. But rarely do we come across productive, rational argument about religion. Bishop Barron paves a way forward, showing how we all, believer and nonbeliever alike, can share better religious discussions. SPECIAL: Pre-order Bishop Barron's new hardcover book, To Light a Fire on the Earth, for just $19.95 (26% off) and free shipping. You'll also receive three bonus eBooks from Bishop Barron! Just click here to order.

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Bishop Barron has a new book coming out titled To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming Christ in a Secular Age. It's a book-length conversation between Bishop Barron and John Allen, Jr., the award-winning Vatican journalist, and touches on a wide range of subjects including God, atheism, social media, prayer, beauty, and why the Church matters today. In today's episode, John joins Bishop Barron to discuss the new book. SPECIAL: Pre-order the hardcover book today for just $19.95 (26% off) and free shipping. You'll also receive three bonus eBooks from Bishop Barron! Just click here to order.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction
  • 1:40 - What were John Allen's first impressions about creating this book?
  • 3:10 - What were Bishop Barron's first thoughts when the book was proposed to him?
  • 4:00 - What parallels does John Allen see between Ven. Fulton Sheen and Bishop Barron
  • 7:35 - Why did Bishop Barron start the book talking about beauty?
  • 9:00 - How is Baseball helpful to understanding Catholicism
  • 12:00 - How did one of Bishop Barron's professors in Paris shape his spirituality?
  • 14:00 - What is Bishop Barron's three-fold path to holiness?
  • 16:00 -  What makes Bishop Barron different from other people John has interviewed for books?
  • 19:00 - Will Word On Fire become a permanent movement in the life of the Church?
  • 23:30 - How can Catholics proclaim the Gospel in a secular age?

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Today (September 18), Bishop Barron will be speaking to Facebook employees at their headquarters in Menlo Park, CA, on "How to Have a Religious Argument." (The talk will be livestreamed on Bishop Barron's Facebook page from 6:00pm-7:00pm ET.) Every day, millions of people argue about religion on social media. The comboxes of religious and atheist sites are among the most visited and the most heated in the virtual space. But what Bishop Robert Barron finds interesting is how few people really know how to have a good religious argument. There is a lot of energy, lots of sharp words, and lots of strong feelings expressed. But rarely do we come across productive, rational argument about religion. Bishop Barron paves a way forward, showing how we all, believer and nonbeliever alike, can share better religious discussions. SPECIAL: Pre-order the hardcover book today for just $19.95 (26% off) and free shipping. You'll also receive three bonus eBooks from Bishop Barron! Just click here to order. UPDATE: Watch Bishop Barron's full talk here:

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Introduction about the talk
  • 1:15 - Bill Maher as an example of how NOT to have a religious argument
  • 2:40 - How is learning to trust a person an example of coming to faith?
  • 6:30 - What is the number one block to having a good religious argument?
  • 9:58 - What is voluntarism, and how does it block good religious argument?
  • 16:15 - How does understanding your opponent's position helpful in having a religious argument? How is Thomas Aquinas an expert in this?
  • 23:50 - What is the significance of Bishop Barron speaking at Facebook?
  • 26:00 - Question from listener: How can the Catholic Church claim the fullness of truth when other religions claim the same?

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There seems to be a divide in the Catholic Church between so-called “pro-life” Catholic and so-called “social justice” Catholics. Where did this come from? How do we heal this split? That's what Bishop Barron discusses in this episode. A listener asks how to respond when a beggar asks for money on the street.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Intro: Ingrid Goes West and Facebook announcement
  • 3:45 - How did the Pro-Life movement and the Social Justice movement become divided?
  • 5:55 - How should the "both/and" quality of Catholicism address this great separation?
  • 7:00 - What does "social justice" mean in the Catholic tradition?
  • 9:15 - Should the Pro-Life and Social Justice movements be equally emphasized in the life of the Church?
  • 13:20 - How do we heal the divide between these two groups of Catholics?
  • 14:55 - How can the saints help provide a path forward?
  • 17:00 - How does Pope Francis balance the priority of these two issues?
  • 19:32 - Question from listener: How should Catholics react to beggars on the street?

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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. Also, be sure to take advantage of our Word on Fire Show listener sale! ENTER PROMO CODE: DAVID to save $10 on our newest film at DavidTheKing.com

Topics Discussed

  • 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?

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Bishop Barron is flying back from Europe after his Pivotal Players recording trip, so instead of a live show, we're bringing you a special excerpt from his upcoming "David the King" series. Learn about Hannah and the "law of the gift" in this stirring commentary. Also, be sure to visit DavidTheKing.com and use the coupon code DAVID to save $10 on the DVD or Blu-ray version of the series!

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  • DVDs + Study Programs
  • Websites
  • Bishop Robert Barron and his Word on Fire production are in Italy, filming the next round of CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Be sure to take advantage of special behind the scenes access from the Pivotal Players film trip! Sign-up for exclusive footage at: WordOnFireShow.com/videos

    Topics Discussed

    • 0:05  - Intro, the new Spiderman movie
    • 1:28 - Does it ever get old for Bishop Barron to travel?
    • 2:41 - The CATHOLICISM series production team
    • 4:46 - Surprisingly small film crew for such a grand production
    • 5:50 - Interesting stops for a first visit to Rome
    • 9:15 - What's the difference between a vacation and a pilgrimage?
    • 11:20 - Bishop Barron's favorite place during the filming so far
    • 12:55 - The St. Francis fresco painted during his own lifetime
    • 13:20 - What's Bishop Barron's prayer like during a filming trip?
    • 15:33 - Why is the Divine Office so important to Bishop Barron?
    • 17:51 - Why all baptized people should consider praying the Liturgy of the Hours
    • 18:23 - Praying the psalms for the sake of the world
    • 19:20 - Who was St. Ambrose and why does he matter?
    • 23:28 - What do you miss most about the United States?
    • 24:20- Question from listener: Fr. Steve Grunow asks what St. Benedict and St. Augustine, both Italians, have to say to Italians today?

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    In this episode of the Word on Fire Show we hear one of the world's great theologians unpack one of the richest texts in all of ancient scripture. Thomas Aquinas College hosts Bishop Robert Barron, as he speaks on "David Dancing Before the Ark: The Liturgical Theology Implicit in 2nd Samuel" as part of the St. Vincent de Paul Lecture and Concert Series. In Part Two of the Bishop's great talk, he articulates the theological implications of David dancing before the Ark of the Covenant.
    IMPORTANT: Use coupon code SAM5 to save $5 on your copy of 2 Samuel by Bishop Barron

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    In this episode of the Word on Fire Show we hear one of the world's great theologians unpack one of the richest texts in all of ancient scripture. Thomas Aquinas College hosts Bishop Robert Barron, as he speaks on "David Dancing Before the Ark: The Liturgical Theology Implicit in 2nd Samuel" as part of the St. Vincent de Paul Lecture and Concert Series. In Part One of the Bishop's great talk, he describes David as a new Adam, a priestly figure whose liturgical practices bring to bear revelations about the strangeness of God.
    IMPORTANT: Use coupon code SAM5 to save $5 on your copy of 2 Samuel by Bishop Barron

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    The Internet has produced the most profound shift in communications since the printing press, and many in the Church are using it to spread the Gospel. But how best to do it? How do we share our faith online without succumbing to the toxicity and vitriol that saturate much of the digital world? Bishop Barron discusses these questions today and shares his own advice for becoming an online missionary. A listener asks how he should respond when sharing his faith on Facebook provokes criticism.

    Topics Discussed

    • 0:18  - Three digital milestones at Word on Fire
    • 2:25 - How Bishop Barron got started with new media evangelization
    • 5:35 - Most surprising part about YouTube
    • 6:44 - Engaging YouTube commenters
    • 7:37 - How the Internet is like a "new Areopagus"
    • 9:15 - Why Bishop Barron's online style is effective
    • 11:03 - How Bishop Barron handles online vitriol
    • 15:32 - Social media's unique dynamic
    • 16:55 - Do we need a theology of new media?
    • 21:08 - Bishop Barron's advice for new media evangelists
    • 23:19 - What role should new media play in priestly formation?
    • 24:38 - Question from listener: How should we discuss our beliefs on social media?

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