This week, Bishop Barron is giving the annual “Erasmus Lecture” for First Things, where he’ll speak on “Evangelizing the ‘Nones’.” That’s the them of this episode, which explores why young people are becoming disconnected to religion, and what we can do to draw them back. A listener asks what makes great music truly great.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 – Introduction, Bishop speaks at the Cornerstone Conference and prepares for the Erasmus Lecture
  • 06:00 – Brief synopsis of iGen, a book that discusses America’s newest and least religious generation
  • 08:30 – How does our culture’s celebration of individual choice create “nones”, and how do we approach this issue as evangelists?
  • 12:20 – How has scientism led to the creation of the “nones”, and how do we approach this issue as evangelists?
  • 16:15 – How has the “LGBT movement” contributed to the rise of the “nones”, and is Christianity anti-gay?
  • 23:00 – What are the 5 pathways to reach the “nones”?
  • 26:50 – How do we approach a person who has zero interest in religion?
  • 29:00 – Listener Question: What makes great music great?

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4 comments on “WOF 099: How to Reach the “Nones”

  1. Joel McFadden Oct 31, 2017

    Bishop Barron,

    First, let me say how much I appreciate all of your good work. I was first introduced to you many years ago when you gave the keynote address at a Merton Society conference at Bellarmine University. After that talk, I sought out your books and have been an avid fan ever since. You have enriched my life greatly. Thank you!

    Second, sorry to say this, but I have a bone to pick with you. In your most recent podcast, you listed as one of the reasons for the rise of the nones was more or less a misunderstanding regarding the Church’s stance towards homosexuality. Nor sure that “misunderstanding” was the word you used, but that was the general idea I took away from your comments. My concern is that the Church will never overcome this problem with half measures, and that it exactly what the Church offers when they invite LGBT people into the Church, but with only conditional acceptance. I am convinced that you, like many well meaning people in the Church, have a blind spot and a tin ear relative to this issue. You really don’t know how bad you look or sound when you address this issue. You are asking people to deny something that is as much a part of them as the color of their skin. Besides, you cannot tell someone that their there is something “intrinsically disordered” about their very identity, and expect them to feel loved and welcomed. They feel judged, and understandably so.


    • jason roter Oct 31, 2017

      Yesterdays first reading Roman 8:12-13:
      Brothers and sisters,
      we are not debtors to the flesh,
      to live according to the flesh.
      For if you live according to the flesh, you will die,
      but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body,
      you will live.

      • Joel McFadden Oct 31, 2017


        Read a bit further, Romans 8: 14-17
        “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
        For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,
        but you received a spirit of adoption,
        through which we cry, “Abba, Father!”
        The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit
        that we are children of God,
        and if children, then heirs,
        heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
        if only we suffer with him
        so that we may also be glorified with him.”

        LGBT people are children of God, too. Let’s treat then like it. Make them feel truly welcome.


  2. William Pickett Nov 3, 2017

    Good podcast, and it reinforces the idea that despite the fact we’re more educated than ever before, and have access to so much technology, and knowledge at the click of a mouse…we’re often dumber than ever before. You can be smart intellectually, but still lack common sense, and that’s the problem, and Relativism is indeed another problem influencing the Millennials, and Gen Zs.