What is everybody’s view on Fr. Robert Barron?
Overall he seems to be a good theologian, but I am curious what others think of his writings.
I was given a book written by him titled “And Now I See…The Theology of Transformation”. I am concerned if I should continue reading this book or not for several reasons:
There is no Nihil Obstat or Imprimatur for this book.
He mentions several theologians in the book that I know don’t have good standing with the Church; one of them I think he mentions simply to offer criticism on that theologian’s theological concept (Hans Küng I think). But I think he also mentions a line of thought from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (who had run-ins with Church officials and had some of his ideas condemned by the Church). I don’t know if the particular idea Fr. Barron borrows from him is one that is in accord with Church teaching or one of Fr. Chardin’s condemned ideas.
Although the reviews of the book on Amazon were almost entirely positive, one review stated that the book had a “Modernist” leaning, which again makes me suspicious of the book.
Overall, I think that Fr. Barron is a decent theologian, from what I can gather about him. But given that I am not terribly familiar with Church teachings and the more in-depth theological concepts, I’d rather stay away from this book until I have a clear idea about whether it is morally acceptable or not to read.