Theology 11 - Kolbe Academy

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 Core (K) credit will have four papers, a mid-term, and final exam each semester.  Additionally, core students should expect to have daily reading and minor weekly written assignments or quizzes.

Assignment due-dates and grades are established by the parent.  Optionally, a student may be enrolled in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive grading assistance from a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents will still submit final grades to Kolbe for the course, but may choose to incorporate the graded assignments into the student’s overall grade or use the Kolbe-graded assignments to assist in arriving at the student’s final grade.

  • The Holy BibleSoft or Hardbound
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Catholic Apologetics
  • The History of the Catholic Church: From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

Optional Materials

Digital copies are provided in the Parent Group of the Self-Paced course.  Physical copies are available for purchase in the Kolbe Bookstore.

  • Theology 11 Course Plan & Tests, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Church History II & Apologetics Reader, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Church History II & Apologetics Study Guides, Kolbe Academy Publishing

Self-Paced Plus courses include the following:

  • Grading by a highly qualified teacher for selected assignments (listed below) in the course.
  • Access to teacher through the course’s discussion board.
  • Option to report grade given by the teacher, or to report a grade assigned by parent.
  • The pacing is still established by the parent in conjunction with the student’s goals and academic calendar. 
  • Assignments will be graded within 1-2 weeks of the submission date, excluding holiday breaks.  (For the quickest grading, students should turn assignments in incrementally throughout the year.  If a student turns in multiple assignments to be graded at once, expect a response time of 1-2 weeks per assignment submitted.)

Self-Paced Plus Assignment List:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Week 1: Paper Topic* Week 1: Paper Topic*
Week 3: Paper Topic* Week 6: Paper Topic*
Week 9: Midterm 1 Exam Week 9: Midterm 2 Exam
Week 10: Paper Topic* Week 11: Paper Topic*
Week 13: Paper Topic* Week 13: Paper Topic*
Week 18: Semester 1 Exam Week 18: Semester 2 Exam

*We developed a rubric to assist in grading the paper assignments.  Each paper assignment will have the rubric available for the student in the course.


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

9 – 12 (11th)


Mr. Senz

Lecture Format




Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


Credits (Type)

10 (Theology)

Transcript Designation


Self-Paced Companion Courses

Era of Christendom
Literature of Christendom

Online Companion Courses

Era of Christendom
Literature of Christendom
Classical Rhetoric 


Also offered at the Kolbe Honors
(H) level for an additional $69.

Course Plan Sample

Theology 11

Note: This course plan is built into the
Self-Paced course in a student-friendly format.