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On October 30, 2017, at the Union League Club in New York City, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles Robert Barron delivered the 30th annual First Things Erasmus Lecture on Catholic apologetics in twenty-first century. With more Americans than ever identifying as non-religious, how can the claims of Christian truth be made intelligible to the next generation? How can the riches of the Catholic tradition best be employed in the cause of evangelism? In his lecture, Bishop Barron follows Hans Urs von Balthasar in calling for a renewed emphasis on the aesthetic beauty of the Church, its history, and Christian revelation.


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