''The Avengers'' and Friedrich NietzscheMay 04, 2015 17 Comments
Although some have seen Biblical themes at work in Joss Whedon's latest film, 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', I see pretty much the opposite, namely, an affirmation of a Nietzschean view of life.
A Lion of the American Church: Thoughts on the Passing of Cardinal GeorgeApr 20, 2015 5 Comments
Cardinal Francis George, who died last week at the age of 78, was a man of enormous accomplishment and influence. Through his determination, pastoral devotion, deep intelligence, and kindness of heart, he mediated the Holy Spirit. The entire Church owes him a debt of gratitude for reminding us who we are and what our mission is.
What “Whiplash” Can Teach Us About Spiritual MentoringMar 24, 2015 10 Comments
Many films over the years have featured the character of the 'monster-mentor,' the tough elder who pushed a directee onto excellence. If we see the value of this in regard to other fields though, shouldn’t we see it in regard to the spiritual life?
Kenneth Branagh’s Very Christian CinderellaMar 17, 2015 20 Comments
Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” is the most surprising Hollywood movie of the year, not because it subverts the traditional fairy story, but because it presents it as a deeply Christian tale.
A Message in Blood: ISIS and the Meaning of the CrossFeb 26, 2015 29 Comments
The ISIS terrorist group recently released a brutal video titled “A Message in Blood to the Nation of the Cross.” Up and down the centuries, tyrants and their lackeys have thought that they could wipe out the followers of Jesus through acts of violence. But as Tertullian observed long ago, the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.
Stephen Fry, Job, and the Cross of JesusFeb 10, 2015 0 Comments
The British writer, actor, and comedian Stephen Fry is featured in a YouTube video rant against God which has gone viral. Is he right that evil and suffering disprove God? Is the world ultimately meaningless? Fr. Barron responds to these age old questions.
The Hundredth Anniversary of Thomas Merton’s BirthFeb 03, 2015 24 Comments
Thomas Merton was not perfect, and he might not have been a saint. But he was indeed a master of the spiritual life, and his life and work had a profound effect on me and an army of others around the world. Fr. Barron offers a tribute to him on the 100th anniversary of Merton's birth.
Why Having a Heart of Gold is Not What Christianity is AboutJan 28, 2015 3 Comments
Is religion really just about being a nice person? Is the goal of Christianity to simply become more kind, compassionate, and just? Fr. Barron answers this popular but misguided religious view.
Does Religion Really Have a "Smart-People Problem"?Jan 06, 2015 20 Comments
In a recent article published in the online journal “Salon,” philosophy professor John Messerly claims that religion has a "smart-people problem." Is this the case? Fr. Robert Barron responds.
Ridley Scott and Missing the Point of the Book of ExodusDec 16, 2014 5 Comments
Ridley Scott’s new film “Exodus: Gods and Kings” features all the basic elements of the biblical story, but he nevertheless misses the main point. The biblical Exodus is not primarily about political liberation but spiritual liberation from false gods.
Dietrich von Hildebrand and Our Relativistic AgeDec 02, 2014 6 Comments
Our postmodern world has produced a "Meh" culture which lacks objective truths and boundaries. The twentieth century philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand rejected this culture, so much so that he spoke out vigorously against objective evils like anti-Semitism, crude nationalism, and indifference to human dignity.