With the presidential election around the corner, Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt consider principles that should inform our voting decisions. They also discuss a recent Pew Research Center report titled “8 facts about Catholics and politics in the U.S” and explore the voting guidance provided by the U.S. bishops through their document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.

A listener asks, what can a person of faith do that an atheist can’t do?

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Listen to this sample lesson from Dr. Anthony Pagliarini’s course for the Word on Fire Institute titled “How Nones Can Misread the Bible.” To access the other six lessons in this course, join the Word on Fire Institute today. You’ll also receive a copy of Bishop Barron’s new book, the latest issue of the Evangelization & Culture Journal, and immediate access to all of Bishop Barron’s films and study programs!

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What is postmodernism? What gave rise to it, what are its main characteristics, and how should Catholics assess it? In this episode, Bishop Barron and Brandon discuss the postmodern turn and its results.

A listener asks, is it impossible for some people to believe in God?

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Listen to the second part of this sample lesson from Bishop Barron’s study program, “Untold Blessing,” which explores the three paths of holiness. This is from the third path, knowing that your life is not about you. Enjoy! (Want access to the rest of the talks in this study program? Join the Word on Fire Institute today and get immediate access to all of Bishop Barron’s films and study programs!)

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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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