Ideas Have Consequences

Bishop Robert Barron talks about “The Philosophers Who Shaped 2020” [50:30]

Not many people understand the ideologies that stand behind the rioting and deep unrest that we see on our city streets. What I do in this brief presentation is to step back a bit from current events and explore four thinkers who have had a profound impact in shaping the world that we are confronting: Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Michel Foucault. Once we understand some of their most basic ideas, we will recognize their influence everywhere today.” – Bishop Barron

This talk is fascinating! It is also much, much longer than anything I usually post, but I thought today, as we pray and fast for our nation’s healing, it was an appropriate time to suggest setting aside fifty minutes to think deeply about the philosophical and deeply anti-religious roots of our national “convulsion.”

One note: He uses one word – “praxis” – fairly often. I believe it is unusual enough that it would be helpful for me to define it here.

Praxis (prăk′sĭs) is the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realized.

In Christian terms, praxis is how we live the Gospel; it’s the “walking the walk” part of our faith.

Bishop Barron’s talk is largely about the praxis of Marx’s, Nietzsche’s, Sartre’s, and Foucault’s atheistic, power-based, me-centered philosophies.

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  1. Paul O'Neill

    Listening to Bishop Barron is like listening to a symphony.
    He speaks “the truth” to power. He holds a mirror up to society at large.
    We turn a deaf ear at our own peril!

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