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  • 8 Lessons

    8 Principles of Word on Fire

    In this course, you will learn the animating principles of the Word on Fire movement and the guiding lights of the Word on Fire Institute. These principles stem from the years of Bishop Robert Barron's evangelical work and have been recognized as the foundational pillars of our spirituality of evangelization.

    Each of the principles reflects an integral aspect of the life of a Word on Fire evangelist.

  • 7 Lessons

    Catholic Social Ethics: The Antidote to Ideology

    Today, much of our social and political dialogue is dominated by ideological thinking. But the many ideologies that are now considered mainstream—such as liberalism, fascism,…
  • 20 Lessons

    Catholicism 101

    Catholicism 101 is an instructional and engaging video series presenting the basic truths of the Catholic faith over the course of 20 videos. Presented by a…
  • 7 Lessons

    Catholicism and Comedy

    This course explores how humor can be a means of sanctification. Through the cardinal and theological virtues, you will discover the clear connections between comedy…
  • 7 Lessons

    Christian Community as Leaven for the World

    In this course Christian Community as Leaven for the World, Leah Libresco will explore how to build up Christian community through simple acts of love and friendship, showing why community is so important to the Christian life.

  • 5 Lessons

    Creative Writing and Evangelization

    We need our writing to show forth what is good, true, and beautiful in an intentional way that is artistically compelling while presenting the faith as meaningful through the power of the imagination. This involves a lot of skills that require time to learn and do well. Dr. Holly Ordway's course is for anyone interested in creative writing and the power of writing for evangelization. You will find insight into the way the imagination works for evangelization and explore different forms and genres as you discover how to get started and grow as an author. We'll look at the foundations of the writer's life, both practical and spiritual. We'll also look at the writing process and different forms: creative non-fiction, personal testimonies, poetry, fiction, drama, and more. All of this will give you a view of the great range, diversity, and opportunity that writing provides for evangelization.
  • 6 Lessons

    Dante's Catholic Imagination

    Bishop Barron leads us on a journey through the life of Dante and his major work, The Divine Comedy, the great literary treasure dedicated to the Catholic Faith and the understanding of the dynamics of the Christian spiritual life.

  • 5 Lessons

    Evangelizing Protestants

    In this course, Andrew Petiprin takes you inside several important texts that express how the Church thinks about Protestants and explain how they belong with…
  • 6 Lessons

    Evangelizing the Open-Minded

    In this course, Dr. Matthew Nelson explains how to engage people who are confident in their nonbelief but willing to seriously consider reasons for believing in Christianity.

  • 11 Lessons

    Faith & Science Summit

    Join us for a multi-day conversation on the crossroads between faith and science.
  • 7 Lessons

    Faith, Science, and Sin

    Dr. Christopher Baglow of Notre Dame's McGrath Institute of Church Life considers the mysteries of the Catholic Faith in dialogue with scientific discoveries, allowing us avoid the shallowness that John Paul II says debases the Gospel and leaves us ashamed before history.

    This course introduces us to some of the richest insights of the Catholic intellectual tradition. We confront the problem of evil amidst God's good creation and confront fundamental questions: What makes being human so special? How might modern science become a stepping stone rather than a stumbling block to understanding what we believe?

  • 8 Lessons

    From Books to Ballads: How Great Writers Form Wise Catholics

    Dr. Tod Worner laments that his education was mostly lacking in reading classic literature. Only after obtaining his degree did Dr. Worner start to read the great books, and he came to realize the profound wisdom therein. In this course, Dr. Worner shares the wisdom he has learned from classic literature, and why all of us should read them.

  • 6 Lessons

    Happiness and the Meaning of Life

    In this course, Dr. Jennifer Frey teaches us about what true happiness is and how morality and virtue play a part in achieving it. Referring to Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, and modern figures like Elizabeth Anscombe, Dr. Frey demonstrates the link between morality and the meaning of life. All people seek meaning in life and as evangelists, we must be able to discuss the depth of this universal question.

  • 7 Lessons

    How Nones Can Misread the Bible

    Catholics believe along with St. Paul that the Bible is "God-breathed" (2 Tim. 3:16). But with the growing number of religiously unaffiliated people in the world, our culture's understanding of the Bible and its contents is more lacking and skewed than perhaps ever before.

    In this course, Notre Dame professor of Sacred Scripture, Anthony Pagliarini, teaches us how to read the Bible ourselves and become better evangelists of an increasingly religiously unaffiliated culture in the process.

  • 7 Lessons

    Imaginative Apologetics

    How do we share the Faith in a culture where many people don’t understand what we mean by words like ‘sin’ or ‘salvation’ – and where the media constantly bombards us with the idea that the teachings of the Church are irrelevant, outdated, or bigoted?

    All too often, people aren’t even interested in hearing about the Faith! Especially when we seek to reach young people or bring back those who have left the Church, we must find ways to communicate more effectively – in short, to make our arguments meaningful. Here, the imagination is essential but often neglected.

    In this course, Dr. Holly Ordway focuses on the role of the imagination in apologetics, showing how attention to language and meaning can make the work of catechesis and evangelization much more effective.

  • 12 Lessons

    John Henry Newman: The Greatest Catholic Theologian Since Aquinas

    In this course, Bishop Barron will examine Newman's many theological contributions, which are important in understanding Vatican II and in addressing the challenge of modernity. You'll be introduced to Newman by looking at his most significant texts: his autobiography Apologia Pro Vita Sua, the theologically meaningful Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, the educationally pertinent The Idea of a University, and the challenging An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent.

  • 7 Lessons

    Living the Liturgical Year in the Home

    In her course, Haley Stewart unpacks the treasures of the Liturgical Year and explores how liturgical living can strengthen the Domestic Church or the life of faith in the family.

  • 6 Lessons

    Prayer, Beauty, Mission: The Hidden Springs of the New Evangelization

    In this course, Fr. Murray highlights and explains the spirituality of the downward path and the upward ascent to the new sacred. Each lesson develops the biblical truth that God loved us first and desires us to partake in the fullness of his divine life.
  • 5 Lessons

    Re-enchanting the Secular

    Secularism is the predominate worldview in the West. However, it does not answer the deepest longing of the human heart. In this course, Dr. Petrusek explains how Catholics can save Secularism from itself.

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