Catechism Level 7: Theology
Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: 11–12
Schedule: 1x / week, 90 min.
Section 1: Fri. 9:00 a.m. ET with Fr. Timothy Hojnicki
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We offer four levels of catechism classes, each on a two-year rotation. This allows students to take up to 8 years of catechism classes without repeating any material. Students who have only taken one year of a given level are welcome and encouraged to take the second year before moving on.
In this course, we will study objections to Orthodox Christianity and patristic responses. We will look in depth at the great saint of the Church, John of Damascus, and use his writing An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith as our main text.
We will read carefully and consider deeply the serious concerns that those outside the Church had/have with Orthodox Christianity, as well as the profundity with which St. John of Damascus rose to the challenge to defend the faith and inspire future generations to do the same.
- An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith by St. John of Damascus
(This text is available by purchase from Amazon and other venders, but there are copies of it online as well. Either will suffice for our purposes.)
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Father Timothy Hojnicki was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. A 2002 graduate from the University of Delaware, Fr. Timothy received his MDiv from St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in May of 2005. In June of 2005 he was assigned to Holy Apostles Mission in Mechanicsburg, PA, where he currently serves as pastor. Fr. Timothy has taught liturgics and homiletics at St. Tikhon’s Seminary, and given many retreats and talks over the years. Fr. Timothy and his wife, Anastasia, have four children: Nicholas, Kyra, Elijah, and Joachim. He is excited for this opportunity and looks forward to the challenge of teaching for St. Raphael School!
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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