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WOF 089: What Really Happens When We Die?

August 21, 2017

What really happens when we die? In a recent interview with Larry King, popular astro-physicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, offers a scientifically reduced answer to this philosophically rich question. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron reacts to Tyson’s response and offers a more holistic understanding of human identity and death. A listener asks how God can be both a person and the sheer act of “to be” itself.

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 – Intro: Bishop Barron speaks at a tech conference
  • 1:30 – Explaining the interview and Tyson’s explanation of physical death
  • 5:20 – Are scientists seen as the new priests?
  • 8:10 – What happens when you die besides the obvious scientific realities?
  • 10:00 – Why do atheists still cling to moral values?
  • 11:09 – Does culminating as meat for maggots offer a sense of eternal fulfillment?
  • 12:30 – Tyson’s explanation of our annihilation upon death.
  • 14:55 – Is it a wish fulfilling fantasy to desire consciousness after death?
  • 20:00 – Would anyone really want to live forever?
  • 22:30 – What really happens when we die according to Christians?
  • 25:25 – Question from listener: How can God be both a person and the sheer act of “to be” itself?

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