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.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:46 - What is the "New Atheism" and how does it differ from past versions?
  • 2:20 - Atheist Argument #1 - "What evidence is there for God?"
  • 5:37 - Atheist Argument #2 - "What caused God?"
  • 7:41 - Atheist Argument #3 - "Hasn't science has disproved God?"
  • 9:13 - How science depends on philosophy
  • 12:11 - Are scientific rejections of God based on wrong ideas of God?
  • 14:29 - What is the "problem of evil" and how would you respond?
  • 20:12 - Bishop Barron's new study program The Mystery of God
  • 22:30 - Question from caller: "How can I describe God to my young child?"
  • 26:37 - Bishop Barron's recommended books on atheism and God

The Mystery of God - Video Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvVyaGztiDs

Bonus Resources

What makes for a good homily or sermon? How can all people, including laypeople, improve the quality of church preaching? Bishop Robert Barron and Brandon Vogt walk through five specific qualities of good preaching that result in true conversion.

Topics Discussed

  • 1:56 - Why does good preaching need to be mystical?
  • 4:08 - Fulton Sheen and the power of the Holy Hour
  • 6:58 - How does good preaching become more biblical?
  • 11:48 - Why good preaching unnerves its listeners
  • 14:21 - Bishop Barron's advice for preachers worried about discomforting parishioners
  • 16:37 - How good preaching leads to conversion
  • 19:31 - Preaching lessons from Jesus and the woman at the well
  • 22:01 - Why good preaching must result in mission
  • 24:46 - How can laypeople encourage better homilies?

Bonus Links

Bishop Barron reflects on the basic message of Christianity. Is it merely about justification or our own personal salvation? Or is there much more to it than that?

Topics Discussed

  • 0:35 - Pope Francis and the "kerygma"
  • 1:06 - What is the Gospel?
  • 3:43 - How would the Church Fathers have defined the Gospel?
  • 4:39 - Fitting the story of Jesus into the Great Story of Israel
  • 8:44 -  How does the Church fit into the kerygma?
  • 11:17 - Pope Francis and leading with the kerygma instead of moral commands
  • 13:38 - Practical ways we can share the Gospel with friends and family
  • 15:34 - The necessity of witnessing to the Gospel
  • 15:57 - Who are some models of proclaiming the kerygma?
  • 18:31 - How do imagination and beauty serve as gateways to the Gospel?
  • 21:36 - What is the Augustinian approach and why does it work well?
  • 25:15 - Recommended resources on articulating the Gospel

Bonus Links

Bishop Barron covered Pope Francis' recent visit to America for NBC. In this episode, he and Brandon Vogt reflect on four Americans the Pope mentioned in his speech to Congress: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:58 - Pope Francis' historic visit to America
  • 2:05 - What is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy today?
  • 4:49 - The importance of King's non-violence
  • 6:23 - The best example of non-violence in the last half-century
  • 8:06 - Why did Pope Francis lift up Abraham Lincoln as a model?
  • 12:09 - Dorothy Day's "both/and" Catholicism
  • 16:54 - The key to making peace and justice concrete
  • 19:32 - Is it significant that Pope Francis chose fairly flawed figures to lift up?
  • 22:02 - Who was Thomas Merton and how did he influence Bishop Barron?
  • 25:19 - Why Thomas Merton remains important today
  • 28:39 - How Pope Francis pushed Catholic books onto the Amazon bestseller list
  • 28:58 - What was Merton's best book?
  • 29:40 - How can Merton help evangelize secular people today?
  • 32:37 - Bishop Barron's recommended books on each of the four heroes

Bonus Links

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