In his wildly popular book, A Manual for Creating Atheists, Peter Boghossian, a philosophy professor at Portland State University, outlines his process of “street epistemology,” which is intended to be a process of anti-evangelization, or talking people out of their religious faith. Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss this method of “street epistemology” and whether it’s a good approach for religious dialogue. 

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Listen to this sample lesson from Bishop Barron’s classic study program, “Untold Blessing,” which explores the three paths of holiness. Today, we’ll hear the first half of Bishop Barron’s reflections on the third path, knowing that your life is not about you. Enjoy!

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Today, Bishop Barron answers questions from several non-Catholics, including:

  • How to foster unity between Protestants and Catholics?
  • Why focus on Mary and the saints instead of the Trinity?
  • I’m converting to Catholicism, but how will that affect my wife?
  • Why doesn’t the Church canonize non-Catholics?
  • How to recognize genuine spiritual movements of the soul?
  • What is apostolic succession?
  • Why must bread and wine be used in the Eucharist?

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Listen to this sample lesson from Bishop Barron’s course inside the Word on Fire Institute on “The Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar.” Then join the Word on Fire Institute to get access to all twelves lessons in the course (along with all of Bishop Barron’s films and study programs!)

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Our culture holds many different concepts of morality. In this episode, Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss three major theories–consequentialism, deontology/legalism, and virtue ethics–and how compatible each is with Catholicism.

A listener asks about the Word on Fire strategy for discipleship after we evangelize someone.

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Listen to this sample lesson from Bishop Barron’s film and study program “Eucharist,” and then get access to the full study program by joining the Word on Fire Institute.

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It’s an exciting day as we celebrate the launch of Bishop Barron’s newest book, Renewing Our Hope: Essays for the New Evangelization (CUA Press). The book pulls together 17 academic essays, talks, and papers that Bishop has composed over the past few years, and covers everything from evangelization to theology, philosophy, the sex abuse crisis, the priesthood, relativism, liberalism, and even contemporary movies. Brandon and Bishop discuss the book in today’s episode.

A listener asks how to dialogue with those who believe that Jesus is just one of many incarnations of God.

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How do we share the Faith in a culture where many people don’t understand what we mean by words like “sin” or “salvation”—and where the media constantly bombards us with the idea that the teachings of the Church are irrelevant, outdated, or bigoted?

All too often, people aren’t even interested in hearing about the Faith! Especially when we seek to reach young people or bring back those who have left the Church, we must find ways to communicate more effectively—in short, to make our arguments meaningful. Here, the imagination is essential, but often neglected.

In this sample lesson from her Word on Fire Institute course, Dr. Holly Ordway focuses on the role of the imagination in apologetics, showing how attention to language and meaning can make the work of catechesis and evangelization much more effective.

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Last month, Jon Steingard, frontman of the Christian rock group Hawk Nelson, revealed that “he no longer believes in God” after spending his life as a devout Christian. His prominent de-conversion was profiled by The TODAY Show, People Magazine, NPR, and numerous other outlets. In today’s episode of “The Word on Fire Show,” Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt explore the reasons Steingard gave to explain why he lost his faith.

A listener asks how to explain to a “none” the role of the Church’s magisterium.

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The narrative that science and Christianity are enemies is false. Not only are they not enemies but Christianity helped science develop beyond the limits imposed on it by ancient cosmologies. In this sample lesson from her Word on Fire Institute course titled “Science for Evangelists,” Dr. Trasancos introduces us to the basics of science and why there is no real conflict between science and Christianity.

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