How do we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in today's culture? In a talk he gave at the Religious Education Congress, Bishop Barron offers recommendations for effective evangelization, aimed to permeate our densely secularized society with the beauty and joy of Catholicism. In Part Two of the Bishop's great talk we hear him discuss the remaining four "Keys to the New Evangelization".

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How do we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in today's culture? In a talk he gave at the Religious Education Congress, Bishop Barron offers recommendations for effective evangelization, aimed to permeate our densely secularized society with the beauty and joy of Catholicism. In Part One of the Bishop's great talk we hear him discuss three of his "7 Keys to the New Evangelization".

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After perusing the latest Pew Study on why young people are leaving the active practice of Christianity, Bishop Barron noticed that (once again) the reasons they offer for abandoning Christianity are entirely not compelling. That is to say, any theologian, apologist, or evangelist worth his salt should be able easily to answer these objections to faith and hopefully encourage the youngster to reconsider the Truth of the Church. With this in mind for today's episode, Bishop offers smart, passionate responses to the common misconceptions and objections that continue to lure young people away from God. The listener question asks which books are best for evangelizing atheists from both a rational and emotional standpoint.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  - Introduction, Bishop's trip to Lake Placid and current reading list
  • 3:25 - Bishop's reaction to young people leaving the church?
  • 5:15 - Should we avoid pressuring them and let young people return on their own?
  • 7:48 - Some common objections: Is religion the opiate of the people?
  • 11:10 - Has science disproven religion?
  • 15:15 - If religion causes so much violence, how can it possibly be right?
  • 17:50 - Does the sex abuse scandal invalidate the Church?
  • 20:53 - Is it better to be open-minded to all world religions?
  • 26:48 - What if church is too boring and you don't have time?
  • 30:40 - How would Bishop Barron encourage young people to return to the Church?
  • 32:09 - Question from listener: What are some good books to battle atheism both from a rational and emotional standpoint?

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What is faith exactly? How do faith and reason coexist? How do we grow in power and freedom when we surrender to an almighty God? Where does philosophy fit into Catholic theology? What is the foundation for Catholic reasoning? Bishop Robert Barron addresses these questions and more at Duke University's Goodson Chapel in an event hosted by the Duke Catholic Center.

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What is faith exactly? How do faith and reason coexist? How do we grow in power and freedom when we surrender to an almighty God? Where does philosophy fit into Catholic theology? What is the foundation for Catholic reasoning? Bishop Robert Barron addresses these questions and more at Duke University's Goodson Chapel in an event hosted by the Duke Catholic Center.

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We are taking the next few episodes of the show to discuss each of the great men and women featured in Word on Fire's epic new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. This episode covers Michelangelo Buonarroti. A figure whose first name evokes an instant connection to the West's most famous artworks, Michelangelo, we hear from Bishop Barron, ought also bring to mind a wonderfully rich theological connection, which The Artist expressed beautifully through his predominantly Catholic subject matter. Our listener question of the day asks Bishop Barron about how the human imagination can be useful in evangelization. *In this episode we include a limited time Word on Fire Show discount on CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players with Coupon Code: Sistine4 Visit PivotalPlayers.com to purchase and act now because this offer expires soon! Do you have a question for Bishop Barron?  Go to AskBishopBarron.com and record it from any device right now!

Topics Discussed

  • 1:00  - Bishop Barron discusses his recent pastoral adventures
  • 3:30 - What does an ancient monk have to do with Michelangelo?
  • 5:45 - Who is Michelangelo Buonarotti?
  • 9:27 - What is the Pietà?
  • 13:22 - What is the biblical significance of the "David" statue?
  • 20:19 - What is the theology behind the Sistine Chapel paintings?
  • 27:19 -How does creating artwork make Michelangelo a pivotal player?
  • 29:54 - Listener Question: How is the use of the human imagination effective in evangelization?

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We are taking the next few episodes of the show to discuss each of the great men and women featured in Word on Fire's epic new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Today we're focusing on the joyful English journalist and evangelist, G.K. Chesterton. A larger-than-life figure, Chesterton charmed his way into the heart of the modern culture and illuminated the dull philosophy of the age with his clever, Catholic brilliance. Our listener question asks Bishop Barron about praying for intercession from those souls who've not yet been named saints. *In this episode we include a limited time Word on Fire Show discount on CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players with Coupon Code: FrBrown Visit PivotalPlayers.com to purchase and act now because this offer expires soon!

Topics Discussed

  • 1:30  - Bishop Barron discusses the Pivotal Players World Premier Party
  • 2:40 - Who was G.K. Chesterton?
  • 5:03 - What is G.K. Chesterton's impact on modern evangelism?
  • 6:10 - What inspiration can married laypeople find in Chesterton?
  • 7:37 - How was G.K. Chesterton an artistic evangelist?
  • 9:21 - Why is Chesterton called a "happy warrior"?
  • 10:48 -How did Chesterton separate ideas from people?
  • 11:33 - Why did Chesterton love the paradoxical?
  • 14:17 - How did Chesterton highlight the vibrant paradoxes of Catholicism?
  • 16:45 - What is Chesterton's Orthodoxy? 
  • 21:56 - What is Chesterton's Everlasting Man?
  • 23:48 - How did Chesterton take on religious relativism?
  • 27:35 - Listener Question: How do we know when it is appropriate to pray for intersession from the holy departed?

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We are taking the next few episodes of the show to discuss each of the great men and women featured in Word on Fire's epic new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Today we're focusing on the Catholic convert, Bl. John Henry Newman. One of the most influential figures in theology and modern evangelization, Newman lived in unwavering pursuit of The Truth while defending the objectivity of truth to an increasingly secular, relativist culture. Our listener question asks Bishop Barron about the Catholic perspective on Luther's doctrine of "Sola Scriptura". *In this episode we include a limited time Word on Fire Show discount on CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players with Coupon Code: TRACT90 Visit PivotalPlayers.com to purchase and act now because this offer expires soon!

Topics Discussed

  • 1:00  - Bishop Barron discusses the West Coast Pivotal Players Premier Party
  • 2:10 - Who was Bl. John Henry Newman?
  • 9:24 - How is the Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine anti-Protestant?
  • 15:55 - What was the spark and process of Newman's conversion?
  • 19:22 - How did Neman's Idea of a University evangelize the culture?
  • 21:27 - How does The Grammar of Assent argue for faith in our skeptical culture?
  • 26:12 -Why is Bl. John Henry Newman a pivotal player?
  • 27:00 - Listener Question: What is the Catholic perspective on "Sola Scriptura"?

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We are taking the next few episodes of the show to discuss each of the great men and women featured in Word on Fire's epic new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Today we're focusing on St. Catherine of Siena. One of the most beguiling figures in Church history, St. Catherine had a profound connection to the Lord that was displayed by her miraculous mysticism, her impact on the papacy, and her love for the poor. Our listener question asks Bishop Barron how he chose the Pivotal Players and what's next on the horizon for Word On Fire. *In this episode we include a limited time Word on Fire Show discount on CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players with Coupon Code: SIENA33 Visit PivotalPlayers.com to purchase and act now because this offer expires soon!

Topics Discussed

  • 1:15  - Bishop Barron discusses his upcoming trip to Rome
  • 2:44 - Who was Saint Catherine of Siena?
  • 7:33 - How does St. Catherine represent the power of women in the Church?
  • 10:20 - What is found in St. Catherine's "Dialogues with God"?
  • 13:31 -Why does St. Catherine use the metaphor of a bridge for Christ?
  • 15:13 - How is St. Catherine a doctor of grace?
  • 16:23 - How is St. Catherine accessible to people unfamiliar with mysticism?
  • 19:00 - Why is it significant that she is named a "Doctor of the Church"?
  • 21:00 - Why is Saint Catherine a pivotal player?
  • 22:35 - Listener Question: How did Bishop Barron choose the Pivotal Players?

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We have been taking the past few episodes of the show to discuss each of the great men and women featured in Word on Fire's epic new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Today we're focusing on a pivotal player of our own time, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Globally recognized as Mother Theresa, this diminutive Albanian nun was widely considered the greatest living saint during the latter half of the 20th century. Now, nineteen years after her death, she will be officially canonized, "Saint Teresa of Calcutta" by Pope Francis. In this episode Bishop Barron discusses her life, her faith, and why, according to Fr. Paul Murray, she's a saint who "loved Jesus in the night." Our listener question wonders how it's possible to unite our suffering with Jesus on the cross. Click on www.PivotalPlayers.com to get your copy of this film series right now!

Topics Discussed

  • 0:18  - Bishop Barron's Pivotal Players Premier
  • 1:10 - Bishop Barron's friend, Father Paul Murray
  • 3:29 - Who is Mother Teresa?
  • 9:00 - How does Mother Teresa represent all the best of Catholicism?
  • 11:05 - What was Mother Teresa's connection to the Eucharist?
  • 12:5o - How do we explain Mother Teresa's "dark night of the soul"?
  • 18:25 - Bishop Barron explains his experience in Calcutta
  • 21:29 - How is Mother Teresa a spiritual master?
  • 21:03 -Listener Question: How can we offer up our suffering?

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