Is Christianity logical, and can it be logically defended? The answer is “yes.” The belief of the Catholic Church is logical.

But that doesn’t mean the faith of the Church can be verified by the natural sciences, as astronomers might measure the temperature of the Sun. There were no medical technicians on hand to confirm that the heart of the crucified Christ had stopped for three days and then started up again on the day of his resurrection. 

The point is, we need to understand what is meant when we say the belief of the Church is logical.

Objective: In this course, students will learn about Christianity and how to speak on several important topics of our faith, including God's existence, miracles and the Mystery of the Trinity. Students will learn about the Christian virtue of faith and the relationship between faith, theology and science.

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 1 - A Brief Look At The Objections of The New Atheists

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 1 - A Brief Look At The Objections of The New Atheists - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 1 - A Brief Look At The Objections of The New Atheists - Live Lesson Recording with Deacon Frederick Bartels (4/30/21)

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 1 - A Brief Look At The Objections of The New Atheists - QUIZ

  • 02

    Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 2 - Does God Exist?

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 2 - Does God Exist? - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 2 - Does God Exist? - Live Lesson Recording with Deacon Frederick Bartels (5/4/21)

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 2 - Does God Exist? - QUIZ

    • Live Lesson Opening Prayer

  • 03

    Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 3 - Does God Contradict The Laws of Logic?

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 3 - Does God Contradict The Laws of Logic? - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 3 - Does God Contradict The Laws of Logic? - Live Lesson Recording with Deacon Frederick Bartels (5/5/21)

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 3 - Does God Contradict The Laws of Logic? - QUIZ

  • 04

    Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 4 - Understanding The Christian Virtue of Faith

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 4 - Understanding The Christian Virtue of Faith - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 4 - Understanding The Christian Virtue of Faith - QUIZ

  • 05

    Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 5 - Understanding The Relationship Between Faith and Reason

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 5 - Understanding The Relationship Between Faith and Reason - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 5 - Understanding The Relationship Between Faith and Reason - Live Lesson Recording with Deacon Frederick Bartels (5/7/21)

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 5 - Understanding The Relationship Between Faith and Reason - QUIZ

  • 06

    Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 6 - Understanding The Relationship Between Faith, Theology, and Science

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 6 - Understanding The Relationship Between Faith, Theology, and Science - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 6 - Understanding The Relationship Between Faith, Theology, and Science - Live Lesson Recording with Deacon Frederick Bartels (5/11/21)

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 6 - Understanding The Relationship Between Faith, Theology, and Science - QUIZ

  • 07

    Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 7 - Are Miracles Possible?

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 7 - Are Miracles Possible? - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 7 - Are Miracles Possible? - Live Lesson Recording with Deacon Frederick Bartels (5/12/21)

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 7 - Are Miracles Possible? - QUIZ

  • 08

    Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 8 - The Mystery of the Trinity: How Is God One and Three?

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 8 - The Mystery of the Trinity: How is God One and Three? - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 8 - The Mystery of the Trinity: How Is God One and Three? - Live Lesson Recording with Deacon Frederick Bartels (5/15/21)

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 8 - The Mystery of the Trinity: How is God One and Three? - QUIZ

  • 09

    Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 9 - The Problem of Evil

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 9 - The Problem of Evil - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 9 - The Problem of Evil - Live Lesson Recording with Deacon Frederick Bartels (5/14/21)

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 9 - The Problem of Evil - QUIZ

  • 10

    Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 10 - Is It Possible for God To Become Man?

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 10 - Is It Possible for God To Become Man? - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 10 - Is It Possible for God To Become Man? - Live Lesson Recording with Deacon Frederick Bartels (5/18/21)

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 10 - Is It Possible for God To Become Man? - QUIZ

    • Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 10 - Is It Possible for God To Become Man? - Live Lesson with Deacon Frederick Bartels - May 18 @ 1:00 PM Pacific

  • 11

    Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 11 - What’s the Logic of the Crucifixion of Christ?

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 11 - What’s the Logic of the Crucifixion of Christ? - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 11 - What’s the Logic of the Crucifixion of Christ? - Live Lesson Recording with Deacon Frederick Bartels (5/19/21)

    • Is Christianity Logical? - Part 11 - What’s the Logic of the Crucifixion of Christ? - QUIZ

    • Defending the Faith - Is Christianity Logical? - Part 11 - What’s the Logic of the Crucifixion of Christ? - Live Lesson with Deacon Frederick Bartels - May 19 @ 1:00 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