Vibrant Paradoxes: The Both/And of Catholicism
By Robert Barron
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G.K. Chesterton once said that Catholicism keeps its beliefs "side by side like two strong colors, red and white...It has always had a healthy hatred of pink."

Catholicism is both/and, not either/or. It celebrates the union of contraries--grace and nature, faith and reason, Scripture and tradition, body and soul--in a way that the full energy of each opposing element remains in place.

In Vibrant Paradoxes, bestselling author Bishop Robert Barron brings together themes and motifs that many would consider mutually exclusive or, at best, awkward in their juxtaposition. But seen through the Incarnation, these opposites crash together and reflect new light in every direction requiring a new vision. This book will train you to see.

 


Author: Robert Barron
ISBN: 978-1-943243-10-5
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: 388
Publisher: Word on Fire

Language: English
Release Date: 2016-04-18

Contents



FOREWORD 
IX


INTRODUCTION
XIII



SIN AND MERCY


1

God Joins Our Dysfunctional Family


Extreme Demands, Extreme Mercy


Evangelizing on the Road to Emmaus


Revisiting Spiritual Warfare


Seeing Political Corruption with Biblical Eyes


Wise Words from the Bishop of Rome Concerning the Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal


René Girard, Church Father


The Field Hospital Is Open


The Parable of the Talents


Pope Benedict and the Logic of Gratuity


Pope Francis and True Mercy


The iPhone App and the Return to Confession


The Revolutionary Message of Palm Sunday.


REASON AND FAITH
89


The Indecipherable Writing of Thomas Aquinas 


The Myth of the War between Science and Religion.


Playing at Atheism

Why the Sciences Will Never Disprove the Existence of God 

Woody Allen's Bleak Vision


What Faith Is and What It Isn't

Why I Love My Invisible Friend


What Makes the Church Grow?


Does Religion Really Have A "Smart-People Problem"?

America Needs You, Thomas Aquinas 

Revisiting the Argument from Motion


Revisiting the Argument from Desire


Einstein and God


Pope Benedict and How to Read the Bible


Preaching the Strange Word

The Genesis Problem


Mother Nature Is One Unreliable Lady


Laudato Si' and Romano Guardini


The Hundredth Anniversary of Thomas Merton's Birth


The Pope, the Congress, and a Trappist Monk


Ross Douthat and the Catholic Academy


John Henry Newman at the Synod on the Family


A Lion of the American Church:

Thoughts on the Passing of Cardinal George


Priests, Prophets, Kings


MATTER AND SPIRIT

135

St. John's Christmas Sermon

Why You Need Spiritual Food


Bruce Jenner, the "Shadow Council," and St. Irenaeus


A Case for Celibacy by Priests


Why Jesus and Religion Are Like Two Peas in a Pod. What Easter Means


The Startlingly Good News of the Resurrection


Why the Ascension of the Lord Matters


FREEDOM AND DISCIPLINE 171

What Is Our Fundamental Problem?


Dietrich von Hildebrand and Our Relativistic Age


Pope Benedict XVI Among the Germans


The Death of God and the Loss of Human Dignity


Your Life Does Not Belong to You


Why Goodness Depends on God


The Tiny Whispering Sound


St. Irenaeus and the God Who Doesn't Need Us


The Glory of God Is a Human Being "Fully Alive"


Thomas More and the Bishop of Rome


Why St. Junípero Serra Matters Today


Why Having a Heart of Gold Is Not What Christianity Is About


A "No" to a "No" Is a "Yes"


Brian Williams, Chris Matthews, and Letting the Fly out of the Fly Bottle


We've Been Here Before:

Same-Sex Marriage and the Room of Tears


Love, Tolerance, and the Making of Distinctions


The "Waze" of Providence


What the Hell?


Pope Benedict As a Witness to God


A Prophetic Pope and the Tradition


of Catholic Social Teaching


The Cleansing of the Temple


FREEDOM AND DISCIPLINE 171

Stephen Fry, Job, and the Cross of Jesus


God and the Tsunami


Stephen Colbert, J.R.R. Tolkein, John Henry Newman, and the Providence of God


Hospital-Land and the Divinization of One's Passivities


The Dangers of the Prosperity Gospel


The Lesson of Calcutta


A Saint of Darkness


The Lesson of Lough Derg


A Tale of Two Skulls


The Fire at Namugongo


A Persecuted Church and Its Heroes


A Message in Blood: ISIS and the Meaning of the Cross


The Joy of Evangelizing


What Are You Waiting For?