Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture
By Robert Barron
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Since the first century, Christians have detected “seeds of the Word" in the surrounding culture. No matter how charred or distorted the fragments, we can always uncover inklings of the Gospel, which can then lead people to God. Through this evocative collection of essays, Bishop Robert Barron finds those “seeds" in today's most popular films, books, and current events.

How do Superman, Gran Torino, and The Hobbit illuminate the figure of Jesus? How does Bob Dylan convey the prophetic overtones of Jeremiah and Isaiah? Where can we detect the ripple of original sin in politics, sports, and the Internet culture?

Finding the “seeds of the Word" requires a new vision. This book will train you to see.

 

Author: Robert Barron
ISBN: 978-0-9885245-9-0
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: 188
Publisher: Word on Fire

Language: English
Release Date: 2016-03-16

Contents


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 

FOREWORD VII


PREFACE IX



IMAGO DEI: GOD IN FILM
1

Kierkegaard, Woody Allen, and the Secret to Lasting Joy 


Angels, Demons, and Modern Fantasies about Catholicism 


The Stoning of Soraya M. and the Figure of Christ 


District 9 and the Biblical Attitude Toward the other 


The Coen Brothers and the Voice from the Whirlwind 


The Dangerous Silliness of Agora 


Eat, Pray, Love 


True Grit and the Everlasting Arms 


Why Exorcism Films Still Fascinate 


The Remarkably Bad Theology of The Adjustment Bureau 


Of Gods and Men 


Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the Dangers of Consequentialism 


Moneyball and Spiritual Leadership 


The Ides of March and the Danger of Idolatry 


The Hunger Games: A Prophecy? 


Viva El Cristo Rey! 


Spider-Man, Iron Man, Superman, and the God-Man 


Still Another Cinematic Christ 


Woody Allen, Moralist 


Victor Hugo's Retelling of the Gospel 


The Preachings of F. Scott Fitzgerald 


Superman, General Zod, and God 

World War Z and the Council of Trent 


Noah: A Postmodern Midrash 


The Fault in Our Stars and the Sacred Heart of Jesus 


Hercules, N.T. Wright, and the Modern Meta-Narrative 


The Giver and the Fading Memory of Christianity 



TAKE AND READ: GOD IN BOOKS


The Pathos of Liberal Catholicism 


What Should Catholics Make of Eckhart Tolle? 


Ends and Means and The Audacity to Hope 


The Apocalypse of Robert Hugh Benson


A Catholic Reads The Shack A Tale of Two Hitchenses 


The Last Acceptable Prejudice Rides Again 


One More Swing at the Catholic Straw-Man 


The Gospel According to The Hobbit 


The City Upon a Hill and an Almost Chosen People 


Why Faith is Indeed a Light 


Debunking the Debunker 


Why Jesus is God: A Response to Bart Ehrman 

          


CITY ON A HILL: GOD IN POLITICS

Tolerance, Choice, Argument, and Religion 


Seeing Political Corruption with Biblical Eyes


The Fetishism of Dialogue 


In Whom Do We Place Our Trust? 


Why It Matters That Our Democracy Trusts in God 


A Nation Under God, a Nation That Keeps the Sabbath 


"Reduction to a Singleton" and the Sovereignty of Choice 


Why It's Okay to Be Against Heresy and for Imposing One's Will on Others 


The Great Both/And of Catholic Social Teaching 


Gay Marriage and the Breakdown of Moral Argument 


Why Anti-Catholic Prejudice Ought to Bother Everyone         


RAYS OF TRUTH: GOD IN THE CULTURE
 

We Have Here No Lasting City 


The Task of the Next Generation


Allowing the Mask to Slip 


Where are the "Nones" Coming From? 


Covering Up the Name of Jesus 


A Secular Europe and the Mission of the Church 


Why Is Everyone Crazy About Vampires? 


Judge Judy, Simon Cowell, and the Lord God 


Reading the Scandal with Biblical Eyes 


Biblical Wisdom for Troubled Times 


Creative Nonviolence 


The Spiritual Value of the BP Oil Leak 


Muslims, Christians, and Secularists Kenneth Clark and the Danger of Heroic Materialism 


Bob Dylan in China 


Celebrating the Death of bin Laden? 


Why Are So Many Atheists on the CNN Belief Blog? 

 

The Acts We Perform, the People We Become If You Want to Be a Good Person, It Does Matter What You Believe 


Why I Loved to Listen to Christopher Hitchens 


Andrew Sullivan's Nonthreatening Jesus 


How to Solve the Bully Problem


Savvy Headhunters and the Hookup Culture 


Sex, Love, and God: The Catholic Answer to Puritanism and Nietzcheanism 


The Adventures of Classical Morality 


Sympathy for the Devil 


Your Life Is Not About You 


Hannah Arendt's Moral Lesson 


Cosmos and One More Telling of the Tired Myth 


Bill Maher and Not Understanding Either Faith or the Bible 


Attack on Christians in the Middle East 


The Modern Areopagus