Last weekend I once again had the privilege of leading a couple sessions at Face To Face Ministries’ IGNITE Youth Camp. In the closing session I addressed our task of evangelization and the challenges that are set before us in a world both indifferent and ignorant about religion generally and Catholicism specifically. As four areas of focus, I addressed four of the ‘YouTube Heresies’ identified by Bishop Robert Barron. I also promised to list the resources I recommended during and after the talk in a blog post (so here it is).
Bishop Barron’s Word On Fire Ministries describes itself in this way:
“Word on Fire is evangelical; it proclaims Jesus Christ as the source of conversion and new life. Word on Fire is Catholic; it utilizes the tremendous resources of the Roman Catholic tradition—art, architecture, poetry, philosophy, theology, and the lives of the saints— in order to explain and interpret the event of Jesus Christ.”
Much of the content developed by the ministry is offered online – and the comment boxes are always open. Thus ever since beginning this apostolate, Bishop Barron has accumulated vast and valuable insight into the “Big Questions” and “Big Objections” that exist today in regards to Catholicism – largely from those comment boxes on social media on the Word On Fire blog.
First, check out the resources I list at the bottom of the page. Then watch Bishop Barron’s presentation posted below:
The Mystery Of God DVD Program – Bishop Barron
Answering Atheism – Trent Horn
Faith & Science – Trent Horn
On Guard – William Lane Craig
The Reality Of God – Steve Hemler
Is God A Moral Monster? – Paul Copan
Seven Myths About the Catholic Church – Chris Kaczor
Seven Lies About Catholic History – Diane Moczar
Anything written by Steve Weidenkopf (look for free articles at catholic.com)
Making Senses Out Of Scripture – Mark Shea
A Father Who Keeps His Promises – Scott Hahn
Handbook of Catholic Apologetics – Peter Kreeft & Fr. Tacelli
Orthodoxy – G.K. Chesterton
Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
“Does Science Make God Irrelevant?” – Karlo Broussard
“How To Prove That God Doesn’t Exist” – Matt Nelson
And be sure to visit Fr. Robert Spitzer’s Magis Center For Faith and Reason website!
The four “YouTube Heresies” presented in this video arise from the following:
- A deep misunderstanding about God.
- A deep misunderstanding about the Bible.
- A deep misunderstanding regarding the relationship between religion and science.
- A deep misunderstanding about the relationship between religion and violence.
If you want to read a more academic presentation by Bishop Barron on the ‘YouTube Heresies’, read this article.