One of the most popular forms of content at Word on Fire continues to be Bishop Robert Barron’s theological commentaries about movies. In fact, the very first Youtube video Word On Fire ever produced was a commentary on Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-Winning film, “The Departed.” Since then, the bishop has reviewed dozens of movies and received high praise for his spiritual interpretations, even from the films’ own directors. So for this episode, we thought we would ask Bishop Barron to share his ideas about two recent movies, namely, “Doctor Strange” and “Hacksaw Ridge” (SPOILER ALERT). The listener question asks where we Christians should draw the line for viewing graphic content.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  – Introduction, Cubs win the World Series
  • 5:45 – What is the premise of “Doctor Strange”? (Spoiler Alert)
  • 9:12 – How does “Doctor Strange” participate in the religious tradition?
  • 12:49 – How do modern films profess a kind of Gnostic spirituality?
  • 18:40 – What is the premise of “Hacksaw Ridge”? (Spoiler Alert)
  • 21:39 – How does “Hacksaw Ridge” witness to both a violent and nonviolent fight against evil?
  • 24:36 – How is the protagonist in “Hacksaw Ridge” a man of the bible?
  • 26:04 – Question from listener: Where should Christians draw the line when it comes to graphic content in art?

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One comment on “WOF 051: Bishop Barron at the Movies

  1. Michael Nov 30, 2016

    Bishop Barron, I submitted a similar question, but it deals more with sacrilege and blasphemy. Is it okay for an artist to insert sacrilege/blasphemy in his work, in the name of art? The desecration of a statue of our Blessed Mother in “The Exorcist” is an example.

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