To Light a Fire on the Earth

Ben PS

3.5 Stars

November 7, 2017

In To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age (Image, 2017), Bishop Robert Barron, popular radio evangelist, argues the relevancy of Catholicism in an age desperate for spiritual revitalization. The book reads like a conversation, an interview of sorts, with Barron being interviewed and quoted while John Allen, Jr., narrates the experience. Through this, we eavesdrop on their chats regarding aspects of the Christian and secular life and how, mysteriously, the Catholic faith calls Christians deeper into involvement with the world.


I read this book from a Protestant perspective; nevertheless, I have deep respect for the Catholic tradition. Barron made excellent points on how the universal Church ought to operate in the world and provides a fantastic approach to it. This book is a sequel to his popular primer Catholicism: A Journey into the Faith, and is useful for Catholics and non-Catholics alike who desire to go deeper in understanding how orthodoxy leads to orthopraxy.