Atheism is on the rise, especially among young people and notably on the Internet. Bishop Robert Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss the most popular atheist arguments and how to respond. They also talk about Bishop Barron’s new study program, The Mystery of God, and take a question from a new father wondering how to properly describe God to his young child.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:46 – What is the “New Atheism” and how does it differ from past versions?
  • 2:20 – Atheist Argument #1 – “What evidence is there for God?”
  • 5:37 – Atheist Argument #2 – “What caused God?”
  • 7:41 – Atheist Argument #3 – “Hasn’t science has disproved God?”
  • 9:13 – How science depends on philosophy
  • 12:11 – Are scientific rejections of God based on wrong ideas of God?
  • 14:29 – What is the “problem of evil” and how would you respond?
  • 20:12 – Bishop Barron’s new study program The Mystery of God
  • 22:30 – Question from caller: “How can I describe God to my young child?”
  • 26:37 – Bishop Barron’s recommended books on atheism and God

The Mystery of God – Video Trailer

Bonus Resources

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4 comments on “WOF 004: Answering the Atheists

  1. Brian Atwood Jan 5, 2016

    “Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done.” — Sir Isaac Newton

  2. Hilda Richard Jan 6, 2016

    I love my Catjolic faith. I do trust in the Divine mercy of my creator.

  3. Anton D Jun 16, 2016

    “There’s probably no God, stop worrying and enjoy your life” – Prodigal son

  4. I’m trying to listen to this, but I was quite put out by what I heard.

    Sigmund Freud has very little to do with why anyone is an atheist. People like Charles Darwin and Edwin Hubble, who gave us an understanding of our place on the Earth and in the Universe, much more so. Dawkins is an actual scientist and quite a good writer, not simply a promoter of atheism.

    Yes, many atheists like myself feel disdain for religion, but it’s not like we’re going to try to burn anyone at the stake for their heretical pro-religious beliefs. We don’t go around telling people that we worship an entity who will punish you religious folks for ALL ETERNITY because you don’t share our atheist views. We don’t disregard the urgent warnings of scientists because it’s not compatible with our atheist belief system.

    Please keep that in mind when find yourself shocked by the “vitriol” of atheists to your religious belief system. Our vitriol nothing at all to the historic attitudes of religious people towards people who do not share their faith. You’re likely just not used to having someone tell you that you’re wrong. Welcome to our world.

    I don’t think religious people are moronic for believing what they do. I also don’t think that all Trump supporters are morons either. We software engineers have a phrase “garbage in, garbage out” that I think applies here. It’s not about intelligence, it’s about indoctrination.

    My problem with religion is simply this. Anyone can write anything they want in a book. So to me, the Bible is not any more a source of truth than the Quran, the Bhagavad Gita, the Prophet or the Harry Potter series. Which isn’t to say there may not be useful insights in all of them, but the miracles they describe aren’t any more credible to me than stories my kid writes. People make stuff up.

    Given that, the only miracle worth exploring is why there is something rather than nothing. And while “God made it, and God is like this and has these expectations for you” is certainly one explanation, for me this is totally baseless and it gets in the way of approaching what is a truly interesting mystery.