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As long as I’m a good person, does it really matter what I believe?

y-goodpersonvsbelief-wofIn the video below, Father Robert Barron addresses the question “does it really matter what I believe?” The philosopher Kant believed that religion solely came down to ethics. However, many ethical practices are grounded in fundamental doctrines. The Church says that love is a theological virtue; it is a participation in Gods way of being. Without God, love will be diminished. Some of the classical philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero thought that many people were naturally destined for slavery. When you deny certain doctrines like the doctrine of creation or the doctrine of Gods existence, then love begins to disappear very quickly.

Video transcript (pdf)


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About Father Robert Barron

Father Robert Barron is an acclaimed author, speaker, and theologian. He is the rector of Mundelein Seminary near Chicago and the founder of Word On Fire. Fr. Barron is a native of Western Springs, Illinois.