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Middle School Beginning Apologetics

Learn and know what the Church teaches — and why — with a solid understanding of the tools to defend your faith.

Total classes: 12

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 7th to 8th grade

Suggested credit: One full semester of Apologetics or Religion. For a full year, follow with The Mass Explained in the spring semester.

Special Note: Course materials are provided for free by the instructor.


This course will provide the first steps into the field of apologetics. Students will learn how to spot faulty arguments, how to find important passages in the Bible, and the basic steps on how to defend the Faith.


Week 1: Basics: How to Explain and Defend the Faith

Week 2: Bible Basics: What is the Bible? What it is, how it’s structured, where to find things

Week 3: Using Catholic Resources / Apologetic Research

Week 4: Learning Prooftexts: Salvation / Answering Objections

Week 5: Learning Prooftexts: Peter and the Papacy / Answering Objections

Week 6: Learning Prooftexts: The Eucharist / Answering Objections

Week 7: Learning Prooftexts: Mary

Week 8: Who are the Early Church Fathers?

Week 9: More Logical Fallacies

Week 10: What is Propaganda?

Week 11: Answering Common Objections

Week 12: Using the Web for Apologetic Research

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: Provided FREE by the instructor. An optional reading list will be provided for students (and parents!) who want to learn more. Students need to make sure they have a working microphone.

Homework: Each class will have a multiple-choice quiz. There will also be a final exam to review material from the semester. Quizzes and exams are automatically graded by the computer so students have immediate feedback. Students will need to review the material and practice the responses.

Important Dates

Class Dates: Mondays, September 9 to December 9, 2024. (No class Oct. 21 and Nov. 25)

Starting Time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)

Duration Per Class: 55 minutes

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