Course Overview

In Understanding the Inquisition, you will learn what the Medieval, Spanish, and Roman Inquisitions were, their origins in Scripture and Roman jurisprudence, why they came into practice, and how they functioned.
Course Overview

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Christopher Check will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to explain the Inquisition. The student who devotes the time and effort to acquiring a better sense of these events in Church history will be equipped to:

  • Discuss the Inquisition honestly and irenically.

  • Explain that to medieval man, heresy was no mere difference of opinion, but a dangerous and violent thing that tore asunder the political and cultural life of a Christian kingdom.

  • Defend the good motives and often merciful actions of the men and women involved in these events, without feeling the need to justify their periodic excesses.

  • Show that the Inquisition not only saved souls but also preserved the social fabric of Spain long after most of Europe’s countries were afflicted by Protestant rebellion.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Christopher Check

    Instructor

    Christopher Check

    A graduate of Rice University, Christopher Check is the president of Catholic Answers. He lectures on Church history, lives of saints, the culture war, and the dangers of modern communication technology. Chris appears frequently on Catholic Answers Live, and Catholic Answers FOCUS, both as a guest and host.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Getting Started
    • Download the Course Study Guide
  • 2
    Introduction
  • 3
    A Neuralgic Topic in Context
    • Lesson 2: Distinguishing Between Individual and Institutional Wrongdoing
    • Quiz: Distinguishing Between Individual and Institutional Wrongdoing
    • Lesson 3: Heresy—A Threat to Soul and Society
    • Quiz: Heresy: A Threat to Soul and Society
    • Lesson 4: Understanding the Man of the Christian Age
    • Quiz: Understanding the Man of the Christian Age
  • 4
    The Medieval Inquisition
    • Lesson 5: The Albigensian Heresy
    • Quiz: The Albigensian Heresy
    • Lesson 6: Dominicans—Specially Trained to Defend Doctrine
    • Quiz: Dominicans: Specially Trained to Defend Doctrine
    • Lesson 7: How Did the Medieval Inquisition Operate?
    • Quiz: How Did the Medieval Inquisition Operate?
    • Lesson 8: Talking About Torture
    • Quiz: Talking about Torture
  • 5
    The Inquisition in Spain
    • Lesson 9: A Quick Lesson in Spanish History
    • Quiz: A Quick Lesson in Spanish History
    • Lesson 10: Who Were the Conversos?
    • Quiz: Who Were the Conversos?
    • Lesson 11: Ferdinand and Isabella Launch the Inquisition
    • Quiz: Ferdinand and Isabella Launch the Inquisition
    • Lesson 12: How Did the Spanish Inquisition Operate?
    • Quiz: How Did the Spanish Inquisition Operate?
    • Lesson 13: Spanish Inquisition—Fact vs. Legend
    • Quiz: Spanish Inquisition: Fact vs. Legend
  • 6
    The Roman Inquisition
    • Lesson 14: The Roman Inquisition
    • Quiz: The Roman Inquisition
  • 7
    Next Steps
    • List of Recommended Reading