Robert Barron | – Bishop Barron at Amazon HQ on “Arguing Religion” Book

On January 16, 2019, Bishop Barron visited the headquarters of Amazon in Seattle, WA, to discuss his new book, “Arguing Religion,” with Amazon employees.

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Bishop Robert Barron These are brief and insightful commentaries on faith and culture by Catholic theologian and author Bishop Robert Barron. The videos complement his weekly sermons posted and podcasted at WordOnFire.org.

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  1. Amen Bishop I've been saying for 40 years that dumbing down the faith will lead to an aging of practicing Catholics. The Gospel is about "social justice." That said when you forget Christ's Kingdom in favor of the latest social cause (usually tainted by politics) you see only people 40 and above at Mass. Using Jesus as a prop, while leaving out the full Gospel message, to promote "social justice" two things eventually happen. One, the Church becomes useful to government in the sense that it supports government social programs, and two, any young person can get what the Church offers on any secular college campus. So a religious institution that in the past built schools, settlement houses, orphanages and hospitals now just shills for the welfare state. The Church does not need to be hip or edgy. The Church just needs to present the truth.

  2. I think your distinctions around 30% into the text about Catholicism and Protestant doctrines, triggered some existential dilemma.

    You say that Catholics say the Eucharist is Christ whilst Protestant belief is in an affect of the symbolic unity of what is manifest in the ritual and expression.

    On that distinction I was troubled since I tend to agree with the Protestant view yet strongly adhere to the value and leadership of the Catholic faith in celebacy as holding a more compelling integrity with the authority of the Bible and of nature relations instituted in the Bible from eternity in the proclamation of man in the form of Adam and Eve, and suffice to say the division of responsibilities in a household between man and wife.

    However, the abstract and the nature of creative forms in actioning Reason of the thinking mind, this set of contradiction, by their existence prevent my own return to rigid depictions of Christ as it is attempted to be defined in the Catholic Eucharist.

    The church as the saver of souls and the Christian message has not left me but the desire for ceremony may throw out the bathwater and the baby, so to speak.

  3. "The Voice form the CLOUD" (WATER), means "The Voice from the CLOUD"(WATER), there is no use for Moses to use "Symbolism" over here.
    Exodus 19 Verse 9: The Lord said to Moses, "I will come to you in a THICK CLOUD (WATER), so that the people will HEAR ME SPEAKING with you and will believe you from now on."
    2 Esdras Chapter 6 Verses 17 and 18: The Angel Uriel told the Prophet Ezra to stand up and LISTEN to GOD speak, "I HEARD A VOICE that SOUNDED LIKE A ROARING RIVER (WATER)." It said, "The time is near when I will come to judge the people living on the Earth."
    Deuteronomy 28 Verse 12: The Lord will send RAIN (WATER)(WATER=LIFE=BLESSINGS) in season from his rich storehouse in Heaven and bless all your work.
    John 19 Verse 34: One of the soldiers, however, plunged his spear into JESUS' side, and at once BLOOD and WATER poured out.

    John 1 Chapter 5: JESUS Christ is the ONE who came with the WATER of his baptism and the BLOOD of his death. He came not only with the WATER, but with both the WATER and the BLOOD. And the Spirit himself testifies that this is True, because the Spirit is Truth. There are three witnesses; the Spirit, the WATER, and the BLOOD; and all three give the same testimony. We believe in man's testimony; but God's testimony is much stronger, and he has given this testimony about his Son. So whoever believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his own heart; but whoever does not believe God, has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed what God has said about his Son. The testimony is this; God has given us Eternal Life, and this Life has it's source in the Son. Whoever has the Son has this Life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

    Stop phrasing The Holy Bible as some "Marvel Comic Book" like the Atheists do.
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  4. I think the overwhelming amount of information on the Internet is confusing people. Thank God for leaders like Bp. Barron and the gifts he has for preaching the gospel amidst all of this unprecedented intellectual noise.

  5. Bishop Barron! I just saw that you actually read these comments. Since that's the case, I would like to give you a really big thank you for your faithfulness to God's call on your life. You are defiantly a significant conduit of His love and beauty to the minds and hearts of many, many people. I have no doubt that He greatly delights in you.

  6. Bishop Barron makes the point about arguing religion, in partcular with atheists. However, I ask the bishop and all of you out there, how do we do this in the current climate? My experience is that one of the commonest atheist weapons in the debate is to demean, to mock, to demean, to insult, etc. A great many atheists refuse to enter into a dialogue. They will insult you, the Bible, Jesus, God, etc. They use pejorative terms and imagery. Have you found similar problems in trying to establish a dialogue?

  7. Catholicism and the Personal universe of Christ jives so beautifully with our experience of the beauty and meaningfulness of life. I find that in the end , from all angles Catholicism offers the only really fully coherent and joyful worldview out there. She's all about the teleology .. the meaningfulness , hope and inestimable value of life even through suffering. Our failings only provide a backdrop and accentuate the deeper goodness.

  8. Thank you Bishop Barron for dedicate your life to God! You have helped so many people to love God and come closer to Him. You are one of the best gifts that God has given to us. I pray for you and other nuns, priests, and religious every day. Please keep up your great work! We love you very dearly.

  9. Bishop Barron, you have a lot to say, and you do it so well. I love your clear analogies and thoughtful arguments that are ever so respectful.
    I often wonder what would happen if you, and say… Scott Hahn were to meet for a roundtable discussion. Drinking from two firehoses operating at once could give someone on the receiving end quite an overwhelming experience!
    I am grateful for your ministry and teaching that has helped me to be a better disciple. You have stepped into the breach and set the example of what it is that ALL of the faithful need to do. I will pray for your continued success in winning hearts, minds and souls, and accompany that with my own efforts through your example. Thank you for your prayers for us as well. I know that we are never far from your thoughts.

  10. 37:30 wow! Such a beautiful explanation of our longing for God and how we mistakenly (and repeatedly) connect our infinite desire for Truth to finite things that will never truly satisfy our hearts. Thanks for the great lesson Bishop Barron.

  11. He loves to talk about the people that have ist for there tiles ,but we as carpenter , repair man or woman electrician having no ist behind there is name r unimportant,but be sure he will throw us some cumbs.but be sure the ist would nothing we out the Craftsman.God bless a good Catholic.

  12. I enjoy (you) Bishop Barron very much.

    One thing:

     You say you preface your comments with "friend"…

    What happens when you're arguing with a ROBOT? Artificial intelligence is a real thing and we are rapidly approaching a point when you, or anyone who has the gift of the gab (or keyboard), will not know when their opponent is a ROBOT… Technically, there is NO WAY YOU CAN WIN. This is the whole basis of my return to Catholicism from Atheism – that it transcends argument. I assure you I am not "signalling virtue" when I say there is no way anyone can win an argument with an Atheist. (…the argument falls on the one making the claims etc etc). So my take from all of this talk, is that argument will GET YOU NOWHERE. The evidence so far shows – via your success – that I am wrong. But for how long? How many arguments will it take?

    I believe it was a great saint who said: "My job is to inform, not to convince."

    Anyway, for what it's worth, receive my prayers and thanks.

    Miguel Capelo

  13. Wow… I can not believe I missed this for 2 years … I need to organize my approach to the Bishop's world, material, better… and I am a Word on Fire member… obviously not a good one. I am a better man every time I listen to the Bishop. Thank you! Hey what about the q&a???

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