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 and rational bases that support Catholic doctrine and practice; gain exposure to the writings of great saints and 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 and their works, particularly as they contributed to the unfolding of Catholic Doctrine and Sacred Tradition; and apply Christian principles faithfully as a result of studying and understanding the living tradition of the Church, and seeking the intercession of saints of the period.

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (OK) credit will have four major assignments each semester.  Two of those four assignments will be paper topic essays, and the other 2 may also be essays, but could instead include other types of creative projects, oral presentations, or other appropriate assignments pertinent to the course.  Additionally, core students should also expect to have daily reading, minor weekly written assignments, required participation, and exams as assigned by their instructor. All assignments are given and graded by the instructor.

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Course Details:

Students should enroll in only one section.

Section Number




Mr. Senz

Mr. Schultz

Grades (Typical)

9 – 12 (11th)

Live Class Meets

1x per week

1 hr. 20 min.




Class Period




12:00-1:20 PM PT
3:00-4:20 PM ET

6:00-7:20 AM PT
9:00-10:20 AM ET 



Credits (Type)

10 (Theology)

Transcript Designation


Companion Courses

Era of Christendom

Literature of Christendom

Classical Rhetoric


Also offered at the Kolbe Honors (OH) level.