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The Internet and Satan’s Game

by Bishop Robert Barron Jan 22, 2019 0 Comments

By now the entire country has seen a video of a supposedly racist confrontation, in front of the Lincoln Memorial, between a grinning young high school student and a Native American elder, chanting and beating a drum. The immediate and ferocious judgment of the internet community was that the boy was effectively taunting and belittling the elder, but subsequent videos from wider angles as well as the young man’s own testimony have cast considerable doubt on this original assessment. My purpose in this article is not to adjudicate the situation, which remains, at best, ambiguous, even in regard to the basic facts. It is to comment, rather, on the morally outrageous and deeply troubling nature of the response to this occurrence, one that I would characterize as, quite literally, Satanic.

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“Birdbox” and Spiritual Warfare

by Bishop Robert Barron Jan 17, 2019 0 Comments

The film “Birdbox,” based on a British novel of the same name, started streaming on Netflix around Christmas time. Starring Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich, it is a taut thriller that manages, perhaps despite itself, to shed considerable light on the parlous spiritual condition of contemporary culture.

Talking to Some Young Jesuits About Social Justice and Evangelization

by Bishop Robert Barron Jan 08, 2019 0 Comments

While I was in Chicago for the Christmas break, I had a wonderful meeting with around thirty young Jesuits. They were massively impressive people: smart, articulate, passionate about their work, and dedicated to the Gospel. Toward the end of our time together, one of the men posed a question that, he warned, would “put me on the spot”—and the discussion then became especially lively and illuminating.

Spinoza, Secularism, and the Challenge of Evangelization

by Bishop Robert Barron Jan 03, 2019 0 Comments

During this Christmas holiday, I’ve been reading Anthony Gottlieb’s breezy and enjoyable history of modern philosophy, entitled “The Dream of Enlightenment.” I found his chapter on Spinoza extremely clarifying and indeed useful as a foil for what I take to be a properly religious view of things. Answering him point by point is a good exercise for anyone who would aspire to evangelize the culture today.

Listening to Jordan Peterson and Sam Harris

by Bishop Robert Barron Dec 27, 2018 0 Comments

Over the Christmas break, I spent a fair amount of time binge-watching Jordan Peterson videos. Of the many Peterson videos, the ones that intrigued me the most featured his dialogues with Sam Harris, one of the “four horsemen of the new atheism” and perhaps the most strident critic of religion on the scene today.

Escuchando a Jordan Peterson y a Sam Harris

by Bishop Robert Barron Dec 26, 2018 0 Comments

Durante el receso navideño pasé una buena cantidad de tiempo dándome un atracón de videos de Jordan Peterson. De los muchos videos de Peterson, los que más me intrigaron fueron sus diálogos con Sam Harris, uno de los “cuatro jinetes del nuevo ateísmo” y quizá el crítico más estridente de la religión hoy por hoy.

Tolkien, Chesterton, and the Adventure of Mission

by Bishop Robert Barron Dec 11, 2018 0 Comments

The writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and G.K. Chesterton are often read as nostalgic celebrations of a quiet domesticity that existed before the rise of modernity and capitalism. However, I’m convinced that to see things this way is almost entirely to miss the point. For the ultimate purpose of their work is not to celebrate domesticity but rather to challenge it.

Tolkien, Chesterton y la aventura de la misión

by Bishop Robert Barron Dec 10, 2018 0 Comments

Los escritos de J.R.R. Tolkien y G.K. Chesterton se lee a menudo como celebraciones nostálgicas de una apacible domesticidad que existió antes del auge de la modernidad y el capitalismo. Sin embargo, estoy convencido de que ver las cosas así nos lleva a perder de vista lo más importante. Pues el último propósito de sus obras no es el de celebrar la domesticidad sino el de desafiarla.

The Challenge of John Chau

by Bishop Robert Barron Dec 04, 2018 0 Comments

Perhaps you’ve heard the extraordinary story of John Chau, the young Christian missionary who tried to bring the Gospel to North Sentinel Island, one of the most remote and isolated communities in the world, and who, for his trouble, was killed before he even got past the beach. His endeavor has inspired a whole range of reactions—outrage, puzzlement, sympathy, deep admiration—and has stirred up in many people, both religious and secular, questions about the missionary nature of Christianity.

El Desafío de John Chau

by Bishop Robert Barron Dec 03, 2018 0 Comments

Tal vez hayas oído la extraordinaria historia de John Chau, el joven misionero cristiano que trató de llevar el Evangelio a la isla Sentinel del Norte, donde vive una de las más remotas y aisladas comunidades del mundo, y quien, por su esfuerzo, fue asesinado incluso antes de cruzar la playa. Su labor ha suscitado una gran variedad de reacciones—rabia, asombro, simpatía, profunda admiración—y ha excitado en muchas personas, religiosas o no, preguntas sobre la naturaleza misionera del cristianismo.

Stephen Hawking: Great Scientist, Lousy Theologian

by Bishop Robert Barron Nov 01, 2018 0 Comments

“Is There a God?” This is the title of the first chapter of Stephen Hawking’s final book, “Brief Answers to the Big Questions.” To the surprise of no one who has been paying attention to Hawking’s musings on the subject the last several years, his answer is no. The problem is that one can be exceptionally intelligent in one arena of thought and actually quite naïve in another. This, I’m afraid, is the case with Stephen Hawking, who, though uniquely well-versed in his chosen field, makes a number of blunders when he wanders into the domains of philosophy and religion.

Stephen Hawking: Gran Científico, Terrible Teólogo

by Bishop Robert Barron Oct 31, 2018 0 Comments

¿Existe Dios? Este es el título del primer capítulo del libro final de Stephen Hawking, “Breves respuestas a las grandes preguntas.” Su respuesta—que no puede sorprender a nadie que haya estado al tanto de las reflexiones de Hawking al respecto los últimos años—es que no. El problema es que uno puede ser excepcionalmente inteligente en un campo del pensamiento y bastante ingenuo en otro. Me temo que este es el caso con Stephen Hawking quien, aunque es excepcionalmente bien versado en su especialidad, mete la pata cuando se aventura en los dominios de la filosofía y la religión.

A New Apologetics: Bishop Barron’s Youth Synod Intervention

by Bishop Robert Barron Oct 04, 2018 0 Comments

Today, Bishop Barron offered the following intervention at the Vatican during the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. For more Synod content from Bishop Barron, visit WordFromRome.com, where you'll find behind-the-scenes videos, interviews, commentaries, and more.

Una nueva apologética: la intervención del obispo Barron en el sínodo sobre los jóvenes

by Bishop Robert Barron Oct 03, 2018 0 Comments

Hoy, el obispo Barron ofreció la siguiente intervención en el Vaticano durante el Sínodo de 2018 sobre los jóvenes, la fe y el discernimiento vocacional. Para obtener más contenido del obispo Barron durante el Sínodo, visite WordFromRome.com, donde encontrará videos detrás de escena, entrevistas, comentarios y más.

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