Course Overview:

Learn how to effectively overcome objections to Church teachings as well as obstacles to Faith and reason. Jimmy Akin shares strategies and techniques for delivering solid apologetics that leads to better outcomes such as clearing up misconceptions about the Catholic Church. He covers the history, methods, and practical applications for apologetics.
Course Overview:

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Beginning Apologetics is composed of short, easy-to-watch video segments that you can view at your own pace, in the comfort of your home, right from your computer or mobile device.

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Skills covered in this course:

Before you can start helping others, you need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to share the truth with gentleness and reverence. Here's some of what you'll learn.

  • Elements of historical apologetics

  • Core competencies of effective apologetics

  • Overcoming barriers to Faith and Reason

  • Proving God’s existence

  • Applying practical methods for successful apologetics

Meet your Instructor

  • Jimmy Akin

    Dean

    Jimmy Akin

    Jimmy Akin is an internationally known author and speaker. As the senior apologist at Catholic Answers, he has more than twenty-five years of experience defending and explaining the Faith. Jimmy is a convert to the Faith and has an extensive background in the Bible, theology, the Church Fathers, philosophy, canon law, and liturgy.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Beginning Apologetics
  • 2
    History of Apologetics
    • Lesson 1: Beginning Apologetics
    • Quiz: Beginning Apologetics
    • Lesson 2: Apologetics in the Old Testament
    • Quiz: Apologetics in the Old Testament
    • Lesson 3: Apologetics in the New Testament
    • Quiz: Apologetics in the New Testament
    • Lesson 4: Apologetics in the Early Church
    • Quiz: Apologetics in the Early Church
    • Lesson 5: Apologetics in the Middle Ages
    • Quiz: Apologetics in the Middle Ages
    • Lesson 6: Apologetics After the Reformation
    • Quiz: Apologetics After the Reformation
    • Lesson 7: Recent Apologetics
    • Quiz: Recent Apologetics
  • 3
    Ways of Doing Apologetics
    • Lesson 8: Methods of Apologetics
    • Quiz: Methods of Apologetics
    • Lesson 9: Evaluating the Methods
    • Quiz: Evaluating the Methods
    • Lesson 10: The Church on Apologetics
    • Quiz: The Church on Apologetics
  • 4
    Faith and Reason
    • Lesson 11: The Reasonability of Faith
    • Quiz: The Reasonability of Faith
    • Lesson 12: The Reasonability of Religion
    • Quiz: The Reasonability of Religion
    • Lesson 13: Faith and Science
    • Quiz: Faith and Science
  • 5
    God
    • Lesson 14: Proving God's Existence
    • Quiz: Proving God’s Existence
    • Lesson 15: The Ontological Argument
    • Quiz: The Ontological Argument
    • Lesson 16: Aquinas's Five Ways
    • Quiz: Aquinas’s Five Ways
    • Lesson 17: The Kalaam Argument
    • Quiz: The Kalaam Argument
    • Lesson 18: The Contingency Argument
    • Quiz: The Contingency Argument
    • Lesson 19: The Problem of Evil
    • Quiz: The Problem of Evil
    • Lesson 20: The Concept of Revelation
    • Quiz: The Concept of Revelation
  • 6
    Jesus and the New Testament
    • Lesson 21: A Case for Christ
    • Quiz: A Case for Christ
    • Lesson 22: The Resurrection of Christ
    • Quiz: The Resurrection of Christ
    • Lesson 23: A Case for the New Testament
    • Quiz: A Case for the New Testament
    • Lesson 24: Apocryphal Writings
    • Quiz: Apocryphal Writings
  • 7
    Christ's Church
    • Lesson 25: Peter the Rock
    • Quiz: Peter the Rock
    • Lesson 26: A Continuing Papacy
    • Quiz: A Continuing Papacy
    • Lesson 27: A Case for the Church
    • Quiz: A Case for the Church
    • Lesson 28: Moral Corruption
    • Quiz: Moral Corruption
    • Lesson 29: Sola Scriptura
    • Quiz: Sola Scriptura
    • Lesson 30: Apostolic Tradition
    • Quiz: Apostolic Tradition
    • Lesson 31: Justification "by Faith Alone"
    • Quiz: Justification “by Faith Alone”
    • Lesson 32: Purgatory
    • Quiz: Purgatory
    • Lesson 33: Intercession of Mary and the Saints
    • Quiz: Intercession of Mary and the Saints
  • 8
    Practical Apologetics
    • Lesson 34: Paschal's Wager
    • Quiz: Pascal’s Wager
    • Lesson 35: The Burden of Proof
    • Quiz: The Burden of Proof
    • Lesson 36: Asking Questions
    • Quiz: Asking Questions
    • Lesson 37: Attitudes to Avoid
    • Quiz: Attitudes to Avoid
    • Lesson 38: Practices to Avoid
    • Quiz: Practices to Avoid
    • Lesson 39: Constructive Attitudes
    • Quiz: Constructive Attitudes
    • Lesson 40: Bulletproof Apologetics
    • Quiz: Bulletproof Apologetics
    • Lesson 41: The Importance of Love
    • Quiz: The Importance of Love
  • 9
    Next steps
    • More resources for you
    • Before you go...

Reviews

Here's what people are saying about Beginning Apologetics:

  • Absolutely Awesome Course

    Jim Curley

    I give this course Five Stars. I can’t wait for the next course. I will be continuing courses with Catholic Answers School Of Apologetics and I am not even ...

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    I give this course Five Stars. I can’t wait for the next course. I will be continuing courses with Catholic Answers School Of Apologetics and I am not even Catholic. I am a Oneness Pentecostal but this has definitely helped me to draw closer to the Catholic Church.

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  • Excellent!!

    Marta Paula Bendelová

    I am so thankful for the School of apologetics! You literally made my dream come true because since I received the Christian apologetics certificate at Biola...

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    I am so thankful for the School of apologetics! You literally made my dream come true because since I received the Christian apologetics certificate at Biola University I prayed for the similar course in Catholic apologetics. You are awesome and I thank God for your incredible work!

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  • Beginning Apologetics

    Mark Cascia

    I thought that this first course on "Beginning Apologetics" that taught the history of apologetics as found in the Old and New Testaments and as espoused by ...

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    I thought that this first course on "Beginning Apologetics" that taught the history of apologetics as found in the Old and New Testaments and as espoused by Christian apologists down through the ages was very thorough and excellent. I took copious notes, as I would for any university-level course, but with the advantage of replaying the videos over again to mine all of the rich detail that Jimmy Akin delivered. I thought Jimmy did an outstanding job of presenting the material.

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  • Intro

    Edmond Ross

    Very interesting overview of Apologetics. Learned a number of things as well as confirmed my knowledge of other things.

    Very interesting overview of Apologetics. Learned a number of things as well as confirmed my knowledge of other things.

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  • Wealth of information

    Lyn Fedden

    This section was a great foundation into the study of Apologetics. Very well put together, very clear and concise. Can't wait to get into the next section!

    This section was a great foundation into the study of Apologetics. Very well put together, very clear and concise. Can't wait to get into the next section!

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  • Great course, can’t wait fo more.

    Joseph Sisca

    Re divinity of Jesus, why not include lord/liar/lunatic argument? Re God’s existence, why not include design argument? Quiz on resurrection was too diffic...

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    Re divinity of Jesus, why not include lord/liar/lunatic argument? Re God’s existence, why not include design argument? Quiz on resurrection was too difficult.

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  • A real insight

    Micheal Anderson

    This has been very carefully put together and really gets you thinking, especially with the questions at the end of every section. I have learnt a lot. I wi...

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    This has been very carefully put together and really gets you thinking, especially with the questions at the end of every section. I have learnt a lot. I will keep reading over this for future reference as there’s so much knowledge here.

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