Praise for Renewing Our Hope
Barron's fans well know the reservoirs of thought and learning he draws, so effortlessly, upon. Here we trace the waters to their source: his charism as a scholar and teacher. This is the Bishop at his reflective, ruminative best. More gripping than Grisham!
- Stephen Bullivant, author of Mass Exodus: Catholic Disaffection in Britain and America Since Vatican II
With the passing of Francis Cardinal George, the mantle of Windy City sage turned Catholic bishop passed to Robert Barron. The essays in this volume, however, offer much more than the view of the Church from Bishop Barron's new pedestal in the cultural hub of Los Angeles.
They assemble an incisive disentanglement of the theological problem posed by the 'nones.' How can we as a Church respond to the Zombified indifference of the next generation while avoiding the divisions of the past and actually entering into the to and fro of a culture that calls itself postmodern? A brilliant way forward is sketched in these scintillating pages.
- Peter Cassarella, Duke Divinity School
The virtue of hope depends on the virtue of faith; we first need to believe in God in order to trust him. Bishop Barron's special genius, vivid throughout these marvelous essays, is his gift of making the 'new evangelization' more than just pious words, but the seeds of a new and fulfilling life in Jesus Christ.
- Charles J. Chaput, OFM, Cap., Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia
Wisdom is not an everyday affair though the everyday depends on wise people if we are to live well. Bishop Baron is a man of wisdom which means he writes about our faith in God with joy and insight. Hopefully this book will be read by those who no longer think what Christians believe to be true. For as Barron makes clear when all is said and done we are followers of Christ because He is the truth that makes life joyful.
- Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School
More than almost any person I know, Bishop Barron lives to ponder and savor the things of God. And in meditating passionately upon the gospel, he takes delight in reasoned argument and in the power of a memorable turn of phrase. Ever attuned to the real-world purchase of doctrine, he can be said to embody St. Paul's dictum: 'Test everything; hold fast to what is good.' For those engaged in the mission of thinking with the gospel and bearing it to the world, this book will be a beacon.
- Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary
- Robert Sokolowski, The Catholic University of America
What Pope St. John Paul II dubbed the "New Evangelization" is the Catholic Church's grand strategy for the twenty-first century―and the way of being Catholic that animates the living parts of the Church around the world. No one understands the theological and historical roots of the New Evangelization more thoroughly, and no one implements the New Evangelization better, than Bishop Robert Barron, a true apostolic evangelist.
- George Weigel, Ethics and Public Policy Center