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“salvation”—and where the media constantly bombards us with the idea that the teachings of the Church are irrelevant, outdated, or bigoted?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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In today’s episode, Bishop Barron fields questions from people all over the world, including:

  • How do we reconcile love as willing the good of the other with more exclusive love, such as the love between a husband and wife?
  • Some Protestant theologians say that John 6 is not talking about transubstantiation because this dialogue took place before the institution of the Eucharist. What do you think?
  • What does the Catholic Church say about predestination and free will?
  • Why does God need to be worshipped and glorified, and need sacrifices? On human terms, this sounds like his love is conditional and he is insecure.
  • Can dogma be changed or overthrown?
  • Was Jesus a socialist?
  • What are the essential qualities/qualifications needed for evangelism? Degrees or degree program recommendations?

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Today we share a sample lesson from Fr. Stephen Gadberry’s course inside the Word on Fire Institute titled “The People You Will Meet.” Knowing your audience is very important in effective evangelization. In this course, Fr. Gadberry distinguishes the different types of people you will likely meet. His advice is based on years of experience as a Catholic priest engaging people about the faith. 

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We’re all hyper-distracted, pulled in so many directions from our phones, to TV, to social media. We’re plagued by notifications, texts, pings, and alerts. Why do we put up with all these distractions? How can we avoid them? Bishop Barron shares how to fight back and find pleasure in “useless things.”

A listener asks how to prove there’s a transcendent dimension if it’s not mathematically or scientifically provable.

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NOTE: Due to enormous demand, the leather edition of The Word on Fire Bible: The Gospels ($59) and the Evangelization Pack (1 Leather + 4 Paperbacks for $99) are both out of stock. Both should be available to order again in September when the second printing is complete.

Today marks the launch of the long-anticipated Word on Fire Bible! Learn more about this project, which has been four years in the making. Discover what makes The Word on Fire Bible unique, how we chose the translation, and why its captivating beauty and insights can lure even nonbelievers to pick up the Scriptures.

A listener asks why Jesus waited until age thirty to begin his public ministry.

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If you aren’t familiar with the sweeping story of salvation, the “theo-drama,” you won’t fully grasp any particular part of the story. Today, Bishop Barron unveils the five acts of the biblical drama: Creation, the Fall, the formation of Israel, Jesus Christ, and the Church.

A listener asks for some recommended biographies on the life of St. Thomas Aquinas.

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Kids ask the best questions, and today Bishop Barron responds to many from around the world:

  • Why did Jesus die on the cross rather than some other death?
  • Why did God make other planets that people can’t live on?
  • Where does God sleep?
  • Will you have friendships in Heaven and will they be the same as friendships on Earth
  • If God can do anything, can he make a mistake?
  • Is an angel a spirit or soul? Also, could there be two Supreme Beings?
  • Why did God allow the Devil to exist?
  • What is the point of people? Why did God decide to create us?

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