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Arguing Religion: A Bishop Speaks at Facebook and Google
 Arguing Religion: A Bishop Speaks at Facebook and Google
HARDCOVER  |  122 Pages  |  Release Date: Nov. 12, 2018
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About the New Book
Every day, millions of people fight about religion. Whether with friends, family, or on social media, we expend lots of energy, lots of sharp words, and lots of strong feelings. But very few know how to have a good religious argument—a rational, respectful, and productive exchange of differing views.

Bishop Robert Barron, one of the leading Catholic figures in the world and among the most active on social media, has enjoyed thousands of fruitful religious arguments.

In this book based on talks delivered at Facebook and Google, he explains why religion at its best opens up the searching mind, and how we all—believer and unbeliever alike—can share better discussions about God. 
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION - SPEAKING AT FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE
INTRODUCTION - SPEAKING AT FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE
SECTION ONE - HOW TO HAVE A RELIGIOUS ARGUMENT

Faith Is Not Opposed to Reason (pp. 7-18)
Overcoming Scientism (pp. 19-28)
Be Intolerant of Toleration (pp. 29-38)
Avoid Voluntarism (pp. 39-48)
Seek to Understand Your Opponent's Position (pp. 49-54)
Follow the Example of Thomas Aquinas (pp. 55-62)
SECTION ONE - HOW TO HAVE A RELIGIOUS ARGUMENT

Faith Is Not Opposed to Reason
(pp. 7-18)
Overcoming Scientism
(pp. 19-28)
Be Intolerant of Toleration
(pp. 29-38)
Avoid Voluntarism
(pp. 39-48)
Seek to Understand Your Opponent's Position
(pp. 49-54)
Follow the Example of Thomas Aquinas
(pp. 55-62)
SECTION TWO - RELIGION AND THE OPENING UP OF THE MIND

An Argument for God's Existence (pp. 71-86)
Elijah and the Priests of Ba'al (pp. 87-106)
The Burning Bush (pp. 107-114)
SECTION TWO - RELIGION AND THE OPENING UP OF THE MIND

An Argument for God's Existence
(pp. 71-86)
Elijah and the Priests of Ba'al
(pp. 87-106)
The Burning Bush
(pp. 107-114)
CONCLUSION & NOTES
CONCLUSION & NOTES
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Read the Introduction from Bishop Barron
EARLY IN 2017, I received a visit from five gentlemen from San Jose, California. Though we had never met before, they had been following my work for some time. They told me that they were all, in various capacities, involved in the culture of Silicon Valley and that they wanted to find a way to introduce me to that highly-influential world, perhaps by setting up speaking engagements for me at the headquarters of Facebook and Google.
I responded positively and we all shook hands, but I must admit that I didn’t think their plan would come to much. About six months later, to my delight and surprise, one of these men called me to say that a representative from a “Catholic group” at Facebook would be contacting me shortly to schedule a talk at their headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

The Facebook compound is a fascinating place: cutting edge architecture, open work zones for the employees, a giant cafeteria to rival the dining areas at major universities, bicycles everywhere, a garden for meditating and strolling on the roof of one of the principal buildings, and, above all, young people. I don’t know if I saw one denizen of Facebook over thirty. I felt more or less like Methuselah.
But I was very warmly received, as an enthusiastic crowd attended my lecture. The talk was also live-streamed to thousands of viewers worldwide, and as I write this, the video has nearly 500,000 views. The topic I spoke on was “How to Have a Religious Argument.” I decided not to address any particular theological theme in an apologetic manner, but rather to step back and consider how we might begin to approach the discussion of religious issues.
I have long endorsed Stanley Hauerwas’ claim that one of the most pressing demands of our violent and volatile time is to learn again how to have a religious argument in public. From fairly extensive experience on Facebook and other social media websites, I know that people are quite adept when it comes to shouting about religion, but that very few know how to constructively, rationally, and helpfully enter into conversation about religious matters. 

About six weeks after the Facebook presentation, I was contacted, again through the kindly ministrations of my friends from San Jose, by a representative of Catholics who work at Google. They proposed the same sort of arrangement, and I happily acquiesced. 
Like Facebook’s headquarters, the Google campus looked like the kind of world that millennials would build if you gave them infinite amounts of money: lots of open space, a gym, napping pods in the work areas, music rooms, etc. I will confess that, as I explored both facilities, I often smiled, wondering what my no-nonsense, Greatest-Generation father would have made of all of it. But then I reminded myself that I was touring the workplaces of arguably the most successful, culture-influencing operations on the planet. So if napping and bike-riding help, more power to them.
For the talk at Google, I decided to broach the topic of religion more directly, taking as my cue the idea, dear to all Google-users, of the search. I titled the talk “Religion and the Opening Up of the Mind.” Religion, I argued, is born of the human being’s essentially unlimited capacity to quest, both intellectually and spiritually. Far from shutting down the mind—as is so often claimed by its critics—religion expands the mind and pushes it ever further, toward a properly infinite goal.

This new book, Arguing Religion: A Bishop Speaks at Facebook and Google, is a slightly expanded version of the lectures I gave at Facebook and Google. 
The intended audience is not so much the convinced religious believer, but rather the outsider, the seeker, the skeptic. The tone that I adopted for both lectures is rather elevated intellectually. This is because I’m convinced that a dumbed-down religion, practiced across the denominational divides for about the past fifty years, has been a disaster.
When the “new atheist” critiques arose fifteen years ago, most believers in God didn’t have a clue how to respond to what were, basically, tired arguments and crude caricatures. Especially in our increasingly secularized culture, we need a smart presentation of faith. My hope is that this little book might find its way into the hands of those, especially the young, who have wandered from God. May it be an invitation to take another look, and perhaps even to come home. 

- Bishop Robert Barron
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Watch Bishop Barron's Talk at Facebook Headquarters
How to Have a Religious Argument - September 18th, 2017
Every day, millions of people argue about religion on social media. The comboxes of religious and atheist sites are among the most visited and the most heated in the virtual space. However, few people really know how to have a good religious argument. In this talk at Facebook Headquarters, Bishop Barron paves a way forward, showing how we all, believer and nonbeliever alike, can share better religious discussions.
Watch Bishop Barron's Talk at Google Headquarters
Religion and the Opening Up of the Mind - March 20th, 2018
Bishop Barron recently addressed a room full of Google and YouTube employees on how religion doesn't shut down the questing intellect, but in fact opens up our minds, causing us to seek the fulfillment of our deepest longings. He argues that these yearnings won't be satisfied by wealth, pleasure, power, or honor, but only by the God who wired us to be satisfied in him.
About the Author
Bishop Robert Barron
Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is also the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic Faith, which aired on public television.

Bishop Barron is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He is a religion correspondent for NBC and has also appeared on FOX News, CNN, and EWTN.

Bishop Barron's pioneering work in evangelizing through the new media led Francis Cardinal George to describe him as “one of the Church's best messengers."
Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is also the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic Faith, which aired on public television.

Bishop Barron is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He is a religion correspondent for NBC and has also appeared on FOX News, CNN, and EWTN.

Bishop Barron's pioneering work in evangelizing through the new media led Francis Cardinal George to describe him as “one of the Church's best messengers."
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