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Fr. Robert Barron

Bestseller is example of authors who invent their own Jesus

Fr. Robert Barron

December 9, 2013

When I saw that Reza Aslan's portrait of Jesus, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, had risen to number one on the New York Times bestseller list, I was both disappointed and puzzled.

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New atheists have the wrong idea about who God is

Fr. Robert Barron

November 11, 2013

The signal contribution of David Bentley Hart's book, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, and Bliss, is to clarify that serious theists and atheists, though they debate frequently concerning the reality of God, are hardly ever using the word "God" in the same way.

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Mysticism trumps technology in outer space thriller

Fr. Robert Barron

October 21, 2013

Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is the most visually arresting movie since Avatar. Its special effects have been quite rightly characterized as revolutionary and groundbreaking. But what is perhaps most surprising about this stunning film is its clear and profound religious import.

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Rising tide of child-free couples 'do what we want'

Fr. Robert Barron

September 16, 2013

Time Magazine's recent cover story "The Childfree Life" has generated a good deal of controversy and commentary. The photo that graces the cover of the edition pretty much sums up the argument: a young, fit couple lounge languidly on a beach and gaze up at the camera with blissful smiles - and no child anywhere in sight.

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Encyclical offers alternative to atheist attacks on faith

Fr. Robert Barron

August 26, 2013

In "new" atheist and secularist circles today, faith is regularly ridiculed. It is presented as pre-scientific mumbo jumbo, Bronze Age credulity, the surrender of the intellect, unwarranted submission to authority, etc.

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Zombies swarm the walls of Jerusalem

Fr. Robert Barron

July 15, 2013

There were a number of reasons why I liked World War Z, the film based on Max Brooks' book of the same name. First, it was a competently made thriller and not simply a stringing together of whiz-bang CGI effects.

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When love turns to tolerance, it may open the devil's door

Fr. Robert Barron

June 24, 2013

Some years ago, The New Yorker ran a cartoon that perfectly lampooned the loopy ideology of "inclusion" that has come to characterize so much of the Christian world.

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Moral of Great Gatsby still holds true

Fr. Robert Barron

June 10, 2013

The appearance of yet another film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby provides the occasion for reflecting on what many consider the great American novel.

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Modern skepticism about reason leads to a dead end

Fr. Robert Barron

May 27, 2013

Classical philosophy and science sought to understand things in terms of Aristotle's four causes: material (what something is made of), formal (a thing's essential structure), efficient (how it got the way it is) and final (its purpose or destiny).

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Moral sentiments and the breakdown of rational argument

Fr. Robert Barron

April 22, 2013

In his classic text After Virtue, the philosopher Alisdair MacIntyre lamented, not so much the immorality that runs rampant in our contemporary society, but something more fundamental and in the long run more dangerous; namely, that we are no longer even capable of having a real argument about moral matters.

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