Honors Theology 11 - Kolbe Academy

Honors Theology 11

Apologetics & Church History II

Grade Eleven Theology covers Church History from the Council of Nicea to the Counter Reformation, focusing on the development of doctrine.  The course is divided into four quarters with each focusing on a particular period and its doctrinal controversies and developments.  The original writings of those engaged in these controversies and developments will be our guide.

The first quarter of the course focuses on the late patristic period from the First Council of Nicea in 325 to the Second Council of Nicea in 787.  The second quarter of the course examines developments through the Carolingian Period to the beginning of the High Middle Ages.  The third quarter of the course focuses on the high Middle Age with special emphasis on the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas.  The fourth quarter of the course will take us into the Catholic Counter Reformation.

Throughout the course, we will also be studying the contents of Catholic Apologetics by Fr. John Laux.  The lessons in that text have been arranged to match up thematically with the other readings.  Relevant sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church have been assigned as well.

This course aims to help the student to:

  • Be able to “give a reason for the hope that is in you,” by studying the scriptural & rational bases that support Catholic doctrine & practice
  • Gain exposure to the writings of great saints & theologians who have had a significant impact on the development of Catholic thought
  • Study the organic development of the Church’s teaching
  • Become familiar with the early Fathers & their works, particularly as they contributed to the unfolding of Catholic Doctrine & Sacred Tradition
  • Apply Christian principles faithfully as a result of studying & understanding the living tradition of the Church & seeking the intercession of saints of the period

Students taking this course for Kolbe Honors (OH) credit will have 4 papers per semester as chosen by their main instructor.  Daily reading, minor weekly written assignments, required participation, and exams will also be assigned and graded by the instructor.

Honors students will attend a live Honors Seminar that meets periodically throughout the year.  Honors seminar will require projects and additional reading in the form of essays, articles, and encyclicals with the purpose of going into more depth on the topics being studied in class.  Students will be graded on active participation during live seminar.  The type of participation required will vary but includes activities such as active discussion, collaborative group work, and presentations.  The participation grade from honors seminar will be weighted 20% into the student’s overall grade for the honors course.

  • The Holy Bible, Soft or Hardbound
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Catholic Apologetics
  • Church History II & Apologetics Reader
  • The History of the Catholic Church: From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

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Course Details:

Students should enroll in only one section.

Section Number





Mr. Schultz

Mr. Schultz

Mr. Senz

Grades (Typical)

9 – 12 (11th)

Live Class Meets

1x per week

1 hr. 20 min.





Class Period




Regular Class Time

10:30-11:50 AM PT

1:30-2:50 PM ET

12:00-1:20 PM PT

3:00-4:20 PM ET

9:00-10:20 AM PT

12:00-1:20 PM ET

Honors Seminar Day

Lead Teacher: Mr. Senz

Seminar for Theology 11 meets on Mondays
3-4 times per week for 1 hr. 20 min.

Honors Seminar Time

9:00-10:20 AM PT

12:00-1:20 PM ET


$759 + $169

(Regular class + honors seminar fee)

or see Full-Time Online Tuition option

Credits (Type)

10 (Theology)

Transcript Designation


Companion Courses

Honors Era of Christendom

Honors Literature of Christendom

Classical Rhetoric


Also offered at the Kolbe Core (OK) level.