Reviving Biblical Morality

Biblical knowledge is key when it comes to understanding morality. Today, Dave “Brave New” VanVickle and I discuss why depriving young people of Biblical stories negatively affects their moral reasoning skills as they grow up. We brainstorm ways we can revive Biblical morality in a culture that has disconnected morality from the Bible, and reduced it to pure emotions


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What Jesus did in the Resurrection, he wants to do in your soul.


“We need to revive Biblical morality in a culture that has disconnected morality from the Bible and reduced it to pure emotions.”



  • There is a profound lack of Biblical knowledge among Catholic young people. We need to deepen their Biblical knowledge.
  • If you don’t understand Scripture, you don’t understand Jesus. If you don’t understand Jesus you don’t understand Salvation. Without this knowledge, you don’t know how to relate with others on a moral level.
  • We need to learn how to teach moral reasoning skills and not just principles.
  • Depriving our children of Biblical stories and narratives is negatively affecting their moral reasoning skills. Many young people today do not know how to navigate moral claims. Morality has been reduced to pure emotions. We need to pass down the resources they need to evaluate moral claims.
  • Using Biblical scholarship is important in order to set the historical stage of the stories in the Bible.
  • Biblical stories do not always use emotional appeals to convey truths.
  • Referencing psychology, history, and theology is helpful as we try to understand the Bible.


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Meet Your Hosts


Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael spent 17 years in full-time parish ministry and is now the Mission Evangelist for That Man Is You!, a men’s apostolate for Paradisus Dei. Michael is a frequent speaker at conferences, retreats, and parish missions all over the US and Canada.

He is the founder and creative director of, and hosts two popular Catholic podcasts: Catching Foxes and Every Knee Shall Bow.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, and has four beautiful and hilarious children: Kateri, Cecilia, Noah, and Thomas.


David “Dave” VanVickle

Dave VanVickle

Dave VanVickle fell in love with the Lord at the age of fourteen and has since dedicated his life to bringing others into a radical relationship with Christ.

He is a speaker and retreat leader who focuses on proclaiming the universal call to holiness, authentic Catholic spirituality, spiritual warfare and deliverance. Additionally, Dave has over ten years of experience assisting Priests with their ministries of exorcism and deliverance.

Dave married his late wife Amber in 2010. He now resides in Pittsburgh with his five children: Sam, Max, Judah, Josie and Louisa.

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