FORMED Book Club

FORMED Book Club

14 Seasons

Join Catholic experts and book lovers with decades of experience in publishing for in-depth weekly discussions of relevant Catholic texts. Hosted by Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ (Founder of Ignatius Press), Vivian Dudro (Senior Editor at Ignatius Press), and Joseph Pearce (Director of Book Publishing at Augustine Institute). These discussions are part of an online community that reads and discusses a different book each month.
Go to formedbookclub.ignatius.com to sign up for free!

Books discussed:
Chance or the Dance by Thomas Howard. Electronic versions are available here.
Real Philosophy for Real People by Fr. Robert McTeigue .S.J.

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FORMED Book Club
  • Episode 1 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 1

    “Down with God, up with man!” In this tour-de-force “The Drama of Atheist Humanism,” written during the godless persecutions of World War II, acclaimed scholar Cardinal Henri de Lubac enters the heart of modern atheism: a dark yet brilliant quest to destroy a God who, they think, suppresses manki...

  • Episode 2 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 2

    The return of the gods: When we kill God, something darker takes His place. This week, we take on Feuerbach and Nietzsche as Fr. Fessio, Joseph Pearce, and Vivian Dudro read Henri de Lubac's landmark study “The Drama of Atheism Humanism.”

  • Episode 3 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 3

    Atheism is boring: the lifeless life of Nietzsche. Fr. Fessio, Joseph Pearce, and Vivian Dudro finish chapter 1 of Henri de Lubac's "The Drama of Atheist Humanism".

  • Episode 4 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 4

    Logic isn't everything, but what happens when we reject it altogether? Two great philosophers go head to head: Kierkegaard (Christian) and Nietzsche (Atheist).

  • Episode 5 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 5

    "Be hard, be terrible, be pitiless!" The world in the wake of Nietzsche, as we study part 1, chapter 3, of Henri de Lubac's "The Drama of Atheist Humanism."

  • Episode 6 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 6

    Are CHRISTIANS responsible for God’s death? Nietzsche thought so. Fr. Fessio, Joseph Pearce, and Vivian Dudro finish their study of PART ONE of “The Drama of Atheist Humanism” by Henri de Lubac, S.J.

  • Episode 7 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 7

    August Comte: How "science" took over EVERYTHING. Fr. Fessio, Joseph Pearce, and Vivian Dudro begin to read PART TWO of "The Drama of Atheist Humanism" by Henri de Lubac.

  • Episode 8 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 8

    Even atheists need a god: How Comte turned data into a religion. Fr. Fessio, Joseph Pearce, and Vivian Dudro discuss pp. 147–79 (part 2, chapter 1) of Henri de Lubac’s classic “The Drama of Atheist Humanism.”

  • Episode 9 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 9

    Why Comte DETESTED Jesus—and LOVED St. Paul. Fr. Fessio, Joseph Pearce, and Vivian Dudro begin studying part 2, chapter 2, of Henri de Lubac’s classic “The Drama of Atheist Humanism.”

  • Episode 10 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 10

    Comte, the father of “social science,” believes in a new god: MANKIND. Fr. Fessio, Joseph Pearce, and Vivian Dudro finish part 2, chapter 2, of Henri de Lubac’s “The Drama of Atheist Humanism.”

  • Episode 11 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 11

    Comte builds a new religion—with him as pope and scientific experts as bishops. Part 2, chapter 3, sections 1 and 2 of “The Drama of Atheist Humanism” by Henri de Lubac.

  • Episode 12 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 12

    The last word on sociologist August Comte. Fr. Fessio, Joseph Pearce, and Vivian Dudro conclude part II of Henri de Lubac’s “The Drama of Atheist Humanism.”

  • Episode 13 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 13

    What is Christianity’s ANSWER to atheism? Simple: DOSTOYEVSKY. Fr. Fessio, Joseph Pearce, and Vivian Dudro begin part III of “The Drama of Atheist Humanism” by Henri de Lubac.

  • Episode 14 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 14

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky survived an execution and spent five years in a brutal Siberian prison. To his surprise, that’s where he fell in love with God.

  • Episode 15 | The Drama of atheist Humanism

    Episode 15

    Dostoyevsky knows the difference between a revolution of love (Christian) and a revolution of power (atheism). Fr. Fessio, Joseph Pearce, and Vivian Dudro continue to read Henri de Lubac’s analysis of the great Fyodor Dostoyevsky in “The Drama of Atheist Humanism.”

  • Episode 16 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 16

    Each one of us is a whole world, say Dostoyevsky and De Lubac.

  • Episode 17 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 17

    Are evil characters “cooler” than good characters? Reading Dostoyevsky, Henri de Lubac goes far, far deeper than the cool.

  • Episode 18 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 18

    Why did Dostoyevsky love Jesus but hate the Catholic Church?

  • Episode 19 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 19

  • Episode 20 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 20

    Science is a gift from God, so why does it often seem to turn AGAINST God?

  • Episode 22 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 21

    Does a good end justify an evil means?

  • Episode 21 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 22

    Where does love fit into a world ruled by “progress”?

  • Episode 23 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 23

    Pages 444 to 451.

  • Episode 24 | The Drama of Atheist Humanism

    Episode 24

    Pages 451 to 462.