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Saturday, August 25, 2012

High School Apologetics: Defending the Bible in Modern Times

We, at Homeschool Connections, feel very blessed to have the best instructors come to us. Gary Michuta's life's work has been Catholic apologetics, traveling the country, appearing on EWTN and Catholic radio, and writing books. He is as engaging with teens as he is knowledgable in his field. It is indeed a great blessing to have the opportunity to offer this course to the Catholic homeschooling community.

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Class dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 12 to Nov. 14, 2012
Total classes: 10 Starting time: 10:00 am Eastern (9:00 Central)
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 8th to 10th
Suggested high school credit: 1 semester credit with extra reading
Fee: $140 for all 10 classes
Instructor: Gary Michuta
Course description: Learn how the Bible came to be (OT and NT canons), how to explain and defend Sacred Tradition, and why the Bible Alone (Sola Scriptura) is unbiblical and unworkable.
Course outline:
Class 1: How do we know which books belong in the Old Testament?
Class 2: Why are Jewish and Protestant Bibles missing seven Old Testament books?
Class 3: How did the New Testament form?
Class 4: Can we trust the New Testament? Is the New Testament authentic and reliable?
Class 5: What is Sacred Tradition? Can we trust it
Class 6: Answering Objections: Are there "lost books" of the Bible? Can tradition err?
Class 7: Does the Bible teach that it alone is our sole rule of Faith?
Class 8: What does the Bible teach regarding its proper interpreter?
Class 9: Answering Objections: Are there errors in Scripture? Why are there so many translations?
Class 10: How to answer commonly attacked Scripture (e.g., Creation in Gen. 1, Noah's flood, etc.).
Course materials: Provided free by the instructor. An additional reading list is offered for students who want to expand on the course lessons here: Apologetics Reading List.
Homework: Weekly quizzes graded by the instructor.
Note: Mr. Michuta will be continuing with apologetics in the spring. Advanced Catholic Apologetics starts in January.

Instructor biography: Gary Michuta is the author of Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger: Did the Catholic Church Add Books to the Bible? Gary’s latest book is How to Wolf-Proof Your Kids: A Practical Guide to Keeping Your Kids Catholic. This 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 a frequent guest on various Catholic radio and television shows, and he also worked as an uncredited consultant for Steve Ray’s Footsteps of God video series. 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: Students are required to have high-speed internet and a headset with microphone.
Misc: Mr. Michuta will be available via email and phone 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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