What is the origin of the physical universe? How did it begin, and how can we explain its development in terms of the divine faith of the Church?

The Big Bang theory does not explain why the universe came into being, nor does it actually explain its primary or first-order cause. It does not tell us who or what created the universe. It simply theorizes about the characteristics of the universe as it existed in its primal state of development. 

As important as the Big Bang theory is, it doesn’t address essential questions such as, why does the universe exist at all? Why is there something rather than nothing? And, given that the universe began from a primeval atom, what caused this tiny yet immensely powerful particle to exist in the first place? 

Objective: In this course, students will learn about the Origin of the Universe and the role of the Creator. Students will learn why reason, faith, and science properly understood are compatible. With this course, students will be able to explain some of the history behind the big bang theory and why the divine sciences of philosophy and theology must be used to answer questions about the first-order cause of the universe.

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Defending the Faith - Faith, Science, and The Big Bang - Part 1

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Faith, Science, and The Big Bang - Part 1 - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Faith, Science, and The Big Bang - Part 1 - QUIZ

    • Live Lesson Opening Prayer

    • Defending the Faith - Faith, Science, and The Big Bang - Part 1 - Live Lesson with Deacon Frederick Bartels on April 6, 2021 @ 1 PM Pacific

  • 02

    Defending the Faith - Faith, Science, and The Big Bang - Part 2

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Faith, Science, and The Big Bang - Part 2 - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Defending the Faith - Faith, Science, and The Big Bang - Part 2 Live Lesson Recording with Deacon Frederick Bartels (4/7/21)

    • Faith, Science, and The Big Bang - Part 2- QUIZ

    • Defending the Faith - Faith, Science, and The Big Bang - Part 2 - Live Lesson with Deacon Frederick Bartels on April 7, 2021 @ 1 PM Pacific

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Deacon Frederick Bartels is a member of the Catholic clergy who serves the Church in the diocese of Pueblo, CO. He received an MA in Theology and Educational Ministry from Catholic Distance University, where he is currently employed as an adjunct professor of theology. He is founder and editor of Joy In Truth (joyintruth.com), an online magazine dedicated to the New Evangelization. As a Catholic educator, public speaker and evangelist, Deacon Bartels strives to infuse culture with the saving principles of the gospel. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Shelly, and the youngest two of their six children. Professor Bartels is Chairman of the Theology Department.

Deacon Frederick Bartels

Professor of Theology, Department Chair