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WOF 070: God and Netflix’s “The Crown”

April 11, 2017

The Netflix original series The Crown, which has to do with the last months of the reign of King George VI and the first years of the reign of his daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, demonstrates how societies must be grounded in God-given moral values for them to flourish. In this episode, Bishop Barron brings to light the theological underpinnings of the show, which serve as an encouragement for anyone struggling to pursue God’s plan for her life. The listener question asks how Bishop Barron is able to discover spiritual themes in popular media.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  – Introduction and a reprisal of Bishop’s “Simpsons” visit.
  • 3:10 – What makes The Crown such good TV?
  • 5:20 – How was the Queen’s coronation a call from God to carry out her duty?
  • 8:40 – How would compare the English monarchy to our American democracy?
  • 13:30 – How is it that God anointed her to be queen when she clearly had circumstance put her there?
  • 15:10 – How does God’s plan for our lives tend to upset the comfort of our lives and our relationships?
  • 20:22 – What advice would Bishop give to priests who are ordained to fulfill God’s mission?
  • 23:00 – Why are Americans so attracted to the idea of monarchies? Is there a biblical nostalgia in that somehow?
  • 25:38 – Question from listener: How does Bishop Barron draw out Christian themes from popular media?

Bonus Resources