C.S. Lewis wrote more than 30 books which have collectively sold over 100 million copies, including the Chronicles of Narnia series, Mere Christianity, and The Screwtape Letters. But of those thirty books, there was only one which Lewis described himself as “almost my favorite among my books,” yet he was disappointed that “in general [the book] has been almost totally ignored by the public.”

The book was his prophetic text titled The Abolition of Man. It’s an important book but one that many readers find dense and challenging.

Thankfully, Michael Ward, one of the world’s leading C.S. Lewis scholars, has stepped in to help. His groundbreaking new book titled After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s ‘The Abolition of Man was just published by Word on Fire Academic.

Today, Brandon Vogt sits down with Michael to discuss Lewis’ original text and how Michael’s new guide and commentary help readers make sense of Lewis’s argument.

Learn more: https://www.wordonfire.org/humanity

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Dr. Christian Smith has written a new book titled Handing Down the Faith: How Parents Pass Their Religion on to the Next Generation. It’s based on new research about how parents successfully raise children to become religiously-practicing adults.

In this episode, Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt walk through his findings and discuss what actually helps our kids to retain their faith into young adulthood.

A listener asks, how do we know which religion is right, Catholicism or Protestantism?

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In this Q&A session with students at Yale University from February 2021, Bishop Barron answered a variety of questions from students, including:

  • Do you think that the culture’s view of sex has kept people outside of the Church? How do we charitably share our view?
  • What did you decide to give up for Lent?
  • How do we discern if bad things are tests from God, Satan, or just the way of the world?
  • What are some opportunities for evangelization that COVID has produced?
  • Why is confession necessary for the forgiveness of mortal sins?
  • If you could have dinner with one saint, who would it be and why?

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A recent poll from the Survey Center on American Life revealed that people are rapidly losing their close friends, especially men. The number of American men who view themselves as having “no close friends” quintupled over the last 30 years, increasing from 3 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2021. 

Why is this happening, and how can we reverse it? How can we develop closer friendships? Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss those questions today.

A listener asks, why does God love us?

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Today we share the latest “Bishop Barron Presents” discussion, featuring theologian and educator Dr. Larry Chapp. 

Larry and Bishop Barron discuss topics such as:

  • Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement
  • Traditionalism and liberalism in the Catholic Church
  • The Second Vatican Council
  • And several other topics

Stay tuned for future “Bishop Barron Presents” conversations. These intellectually invigorating discussions feature varying religious and political perspectives to encourage greater understanding and civility.

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Today we continue our discussion of a recent article by Tim Keller, the popular Protestant pastor, titled “The Fading of Forgiveness: Tracing the Disappearance of the Thing We Need Most.”

We previously explored why forgiveness has faded in our culture. Today, we focus on the path forward, how we can practice and encourage more forgiveness.

A listener asks, what is, for Bishop Barron, the most annoying passage in the Bible?

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Today we share the latest “Bishop Barron Presents” discussion, this one featuring American legal scholar, political philosopher, and public intellectual Robert George.

Robert and Bishop Barron discuss virtue, focusing on topics such as Natural law, the “woke” phenomena, how we can engrain virtue in our society today, and more.

Stay tuned for future “Bishop Barron Presents” conversations. These intellectually invigorating discussions feature varying religious and political perspectives to encourage greater understanding and civility.

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Today we discuss a recent article by Tim Keller, the popular Protestant pastor, titled “The Fading of Forgiveness: Tracing the Disappearance of the Thing We Need Most”. Why are people increasingly skeptical about forgiveness? Keller proposes two reasons: a therapeutic culture, and religion without grace. 

A listener asks, how did God create the universe if not from potentiality?

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Today we share the latest “Bishop Barron Presents” discussion, this one with author Dr. Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen.

Jennifer and Bishop Barron discuss the history of ideas that shaped American culture, and her two books, American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas and The Ideas That Made America: A Brief History.

Stay tuned for future “Bishop Barron Presents” conversations. These intellectually invigorating discussions feature varying religious and political perspectives to encourage greater understanding and civility.

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Today we share the latest “Bishop Barron Presents” discussion, featuring author and political science professor Dr. Jason Blakely. In Jason’s conversation with Bishop Barron and Jared Zimmerer, he discussed topics found in his new book, We Built Reality: How Social Science Infiltrated Culture, Politics, and Power, including hermeneutics, economics, and more.

Stay tuned for future “Bishop Barron Presents” conversations. These intellectually invigorating discussions feature varying religious and political perspectives to encourage greater understanding and civility.

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