Course Registration No. REL-647

COURSE OVERVIEW


A one-semester course, worth five high school credits. The majority of this semester seeks to answer "Why should I be Catholic?" with an approachable introduction to Catholic apologetics in the text and study guide A Philadelphia Catholic in King James's Court.  The study includes a defense and explanation of the teachings, beliefs, and practices of the Catholic Church, seeking especially to address the concerns of fundamentalist Christians.  The tail-end of the semester moves on to Where We Got the Bible…Our Debt to the Catholic Church, which explores the role played by the Catholic Church in forming, preserving, and disseminating Scripture, particularly addressing myths about Catholic opposition to Scripture.

 

 

BOOKS AND MATERIALS


Philadelphia Catholic in King James’s Court

  • Author: Martin Deporres Kennedy
  • Publisher/Copyright: Necedah, WI: Lilyfield Press, 2009, 2021. Print.
  • ISBN: 0967149215        978-0967149219
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

316 pgs; 14 chapters; resources.

 

Philadelphia Catholic to King James’s Court: Study Guide

  • Author: Martin Deporres Kennedy
  • Publisher/Copyright: Necedah, WI: Lilyfield Press, 2009, 2021. Print.
  • ISBN: 0967149223        978-0967149226
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

72 pages.

 

Where We Got the Bible...Our Debt to the Catholic Church

  • Author: Right Rev. Henry G. Graham
  • Publisher/Copyright: : TAN Books and Publishers, 2004. Print.
  • ISBN: 0895557967        978-0895557964
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

16 chapters; 176 pages.

 

The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition

  • Publisher/Copyright: San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2006. Print.
  • ISBN: 0898708338        978-0898708332
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

While we use this edition of the Bible, any Catholic version in hardcover or paperback will suffice.

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Edition

  • Author: U.S. Catholic Church
  • Publisher/Copyright: 2nd ed.: USCCB Communications, 2000. Print.
  • ISBN: 1574551108        978-1574551105
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

920 pages. Any edition from any publisher will do. It is standard practice to reference the Catechism as "CCC" in print. The STAA course plans follow this practice.

 

OPTIONAL RESOURCE

Memorize the Faith! (and Most Anything Else): Using the Methods of the Great Catholic Medieval Memory Masters

  • Author: Kevin Vost
  • Publisher/Copyright: : Sophia Institute Press, 2006. Print.
  • ISBN: 1933184175        978-1933184173
  • Supplier: Retail or Amazon.com

250 pages

 

 

STAA Student Zone

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Publisher/Copyright: Reno: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, 1995-2018. Website.
  • ISBN: n/a        
  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Student Zone

Students currently enrolled in St. Thomas Aquinas Academy for Grades 7 through 12 have access to online resources such as weekly reading quizzes, special downloads, occasional slide shows or videos, Q&A forums, and more for this course. Access to the Student Zone is activated on August 1st and runs until July 31st of each year. Register your student for courses by submitting the Course Registration form after your annual planning appointment. Use the information in the activation email to sign in at www.staahomeschool.com/StudentZone. Students that do not have weekly computer access may complete a Dimension 2 assignment from the "High School Orientation" booklet in lieu of each assigned quiz.

 

 

 


 

What questions can we answer for you?

We would love to hear from you!  Please reach out with your questions by phone or email, schedule a courtesy telephone consultation with an advisor, or submit an enrollment application if you are ready to start planning for the upcoming school year.

 

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