Robert Barron | – The One Who Is; The One Who Gives: Aquinas, Derrida and the Dilemma of the Divine Generosity

Bishop Robert Barron’s lecture at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in Rome, given on March 7, 2019 after he received an honorary doctorate from the university.

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  1. doesn't etienne gilson's book the transcendentals address some of what bishop barron speaks of.God very essence is to exist but when we speak of god there is also one,the true . the good and the beautiful. ALl are vitally important when speaking of god. when we speak of one , he others too must be addressed.

  2. Brilliant , masterful and seasoned to perfectione! lol 1=D

    I will be studying the references for a good while, like a reversal of understanding from the highest confidence. In my own ignorance it is like breaking the card order for the sake of confidence in the cards [sometime just to check they are not overtly rigged to bias the "house"].

    Reminds me of the joy of St Francis?! flipping the table , relying on the good will and generosity of strangers that creates such a strong resonance positive force of good will and community that mirrors the church, the creation, the freshness ,the passion, the movement and motion to not except binary linguistic labels and see paths of redemption as a few extra steps in infinite trials of compassion, than a tired red line of absolution.

  3. Thank you Bishop Barron! A beautiful exposition! If possible, could you clarify how your conclusion about believers' ability to share in God's giving/loving can be harmonized with Josef Pieper's point in his essay on 'Love' that it is unnatural to expect human persons (on account of their creatureliness) to love God disinterestedly? The way I understand Pieper's point: grace perfects nature and does not destroy it — so he criticizes some theologians who set up a dichotomy between agape (which they define as purely disinterested love) and eros.

  4. It's especially interesting that Derrida comes to conclusion the Bishop discusses at 5:30, considering it is essentially the philosophical context of Marxism, i.e. The revolution will bring us Utopia. The Utopia never arrives but is continually promised.