Episode 2

Published on:

1st Jul 2020

S1E2 - Theology & Why Catholics Should Care

Is theology just faith and apologetics or is it much more? Join Bishop Richard, Matt and Silvana as we explore why Christians need the discipline of theology.


Hans Urs Van Balthasar - Love Alone is Credible (San Francisco: Ignatius, 2004)

Benedict XVI - Deus Caritas Est (2005)

William Cavanaugh - Torture & Eucharist (London: Blackwell, 1998)

William Cavanaugh - Theopolitical Imagination (Edinburgh, T&T Clark, 2003)

Gisela H Kreglinger - The Spirituality of Wine (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016)

John Paul II - Fides et Ratio (1998)

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger - Introduction to Christianity (2nd Edition; San Francisco: Ignatius, 2010)

Chanon Ross - Gifts Glittering and Poisoned (Eugene: Cascade Press 2015)

Vivino App - Vivino App

Graham Ward - Cities of God (NY: Routledge, 2000)

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The Episcopal Podcast
The Episcopal Podcast is a show where, in the context of a friendly discussion and/or interview, we bring the elements of the Christian intellectual tradition to bear on contemporary issues.
The Episcopal Podcast is an initiative of intellectual formation by Bishop Richard Umbers, auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Sydney.
In the context of a fortnightly informal discussion with co-hosts and guests, the podcast aims to bring awareness to the riches that make up the Christian intellectual tradition, which includes philosophy, theology, history, the sciences, languages and the arts. Conversations will last between 30 and 45 minutes and be organised around discussions on specific topics, both historical and contemporary.

The podcast will do more than visit academic museum pieces, but also bring that tradition to bear on the lives of Christians and all of good will. This flows from the basic commitment that genuine intellectual endeavour is not meant to be an opportunity to display the individual prowess of a select class, but works for the common good of all. Because of this, the podcast will make the content of the intellectual tradition as relatable as possible to as many people as possible, without losing sight of the intellectual heart of the program. Because the podcast is aimed for the common good, it also seeks to have an international focus, bringing together guests from Australia and also overseas.

The podcast also aims to partner up with established intellectual formation event providers, including but not exclusive to Scholarship in the Cathedral and the QndA series by the Institute for Ethics and Society at the University of Notre Dame Australia. This partnership could involve interviews with presenters, as well as the distribution of audio recordings arising from these events.