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Monday, October 3, 2011

Catholic Apologetics for 8th and 9th Grade

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Class dates: Wednesdays, January 11 to April 11, 2012. No class Feb. 22 (midterm) or Apr. 4 (Holy Week).
Total classes: 12
Starting time: 10:00 am Eastern (9:00 am Central)
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 8th to 9th grade
Fee: $160 if you register on or before November 1, 2011. $185 if you register after Nov. 1 for all 12 classes
Instructor: Gary Michuta
Course description: We will cover many of the anti-Catholic viewpoints that a young person may encounter, including Atheism, the unique claims of Christianity, the reliability of the Gospels, common Protestant objections, and an overview of the larger pseudo-Christians groups (i.e. Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, New Age).
Course outline:
Class 1: Can we really know anything?
Class 2: Review / Introduction to Theistic apologetics.
Class 3: Problems with Atheism.
Class 4: Proofs for the Existence of God.
Class 5: The Unique Claims of Christ.
Class 6: The Reliability of the Gospels.
Classes 7 to 9: Answering Protestant Objections
Class 10: Pseudo-Christian Apologetics - Mormons / Jehovah Witnesses
Class 11: Pseudo-Christian Apologetics - JW / New Age.
Class 12: Review, questions, and mock debate.

Course materials: Suggested books (not required): Catholic Apologetics by Fr. John Laux (TAN Books), Godless Delusion by Patrick Madrid (Our Sunday Visitor Press), How to Wolf-Proof Your Kids by Gary Michuta (Grotto Press).
Homework: Each week the student will be given one or two pages of questions that will cover that day's lesson. The papers will be graded by Mr. Michuta.

Instructor's biography:  Gary Michuta is the author of Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger: Did the Catholic Church Add Books to the Bible? (Grotto Press, 2007). Gary’s latest book is How to Wolf-Proof Your Kids: A Practical Guide to Keeping Your Kids Catholic (Grotto Press, 2010). This unique book gives Catholic parents and educators valuable insights into the deceptive tactics used by anti-Catholics and concrete suggestions on how to combat these methods. Mr. Michuta was also the co-host of the radio show Hands on Apologetics Live. He is also a frequent guest on various Catholic radio shows such as Catholic Answers Live (EWTN), Searching the Word (Relevant Radio), and the Son Rise Morning Show (EWTN). He gave his “inversion story” on The Journey Home (EWTN) and he also worked as an uncredited consultant for Steve Ray’s Footsteps of God video series (Ignatius Press). Since 2003, Mr. Michuta has developed apologetic material for the Eastern Church Re-Evangelization Commission (E.C.R.C) to aid the Chaldean Catholic Dioceses. Gary currently offers classes on Apologetics to Catholic parishes around the country.

Equipment requirements: Classes are online, live and interactive. Students are required to have high-speed internet and a headset with microphone.

Mr. Michuta will be available via email in between classes for questions and comments.
Recordings of classes are provided to students within 24 hours and available for 6 months.
Homeschool Connections does not provide record keeping services.

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Christine Traina said...

I have a question. Is there a class like this for 10th graders?

Homeschool Connections said...

You have a couple of options. We did this course for high school last year and it was recorded. You can access it through our Subscription Service ($1 the first 7 days then $30 per month after that. You keep it only for as long as you need it.) Here's a link

Your second option is to go ahead and sign up for this course. If your student doesn't mind being a year older than most of the other students, he or she can still get a lot out of it.