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WOF 013: The Priority of Christ

This week, Baker Academic released a new hardcover edition of Bishop Barron’s book, The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism. Bishop Barron discusses the book’s main ideas including the problem with liberalism, how Jesus Christ is the proper foundation of knowledge and ethics, and how the saints unveil the good life. A listener asks about Jesus’ words from the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:21 –Why did Bishop Barron write The Priority of Christ?
  • 4:20 –Cardinal George on liberal Christianity
  • 6:14 –What is theological liberalism?
  • 7:24 – “Beige Catholicism” and the effects of liberalism
  • 9:00 – How does Christ become the priority in the realm of knowledge?
  • 12:34 – The difference between Christian epistemology and other forms
  • 15:38 – The non-competitive transcendence of God
  • 19:38 – The two non-competitive natures of Jesus Christ
  • 20:51 – Why use saints to illustrate ethics?
  • 25:17 – The four woman saints who exhibit elevated virtue
  • 29:58 – Bishop Barron’s evangelical purpose for his book
  • 31:30 – Question from listener: What did Jesus mean when he said, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

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