A free crash course on the Fundamentals of the Catholic Faith

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Benedict XVI declared 2012-2013 “The Year of Faith.” In particular, the Holy Father called upon all Catholics to confront what he identified as one of the most difficult challenges the Church faces today: “religious illiteracy.” That is, a lack of understanding about what Christians really believe. To address this problem, Pope Benedict called upon Catholics to spend the year studying the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the official compendium of all Catholic teaching. Now Pope Francis has taken up the same call, for a deeper formation of Catholics in the tenets of our faith. Pillars of Catholicism is our response. 13 videos that summarize the principal beliefs upon which the Catholic faith is built.

Meet the Professors

Dr. Michael Barber, PhD

Michael Barber has published numerous articles in academic journals and books on Scripture. His current project is, The Apostle Paul (Eerdmans, forthcoming), co-written with other Catholic scholars (including Brant Pitre and John Kincaid). He received his Ph.D. from Fuller in Pasadena, CA, where he wrote a dissertation on Jesus and Jewish hopes for a new temple. He is also co-editor of “”, a widely respected blog devoted to biblical studies and Catholic theology.

Dr. Christine Wood, PhD

Christine Wood holds a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Marquette University. She has published academic articles on various topics in theological studies. Her dissertation, entitled, “Metaphysics and Intellective Psychology in the Natural Desire for Seeing God: Henri de Lubac and Neo-Scholasticism”, is currently being revised for publication. Christine received her B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of Sydney, Australia, and had a well-established career as an environmental scientist before becoming a theologian.

Fr. Andy Younan, MA

Fr. Younan has written various works on the topics of philosophy and liturgy. His new book is entitled, Thoughtful Theism: A Reasoned Response to the New Atheists (Emmaus Road, forthcoming 2017). He earned graduate degrees in Theology and Philosophy from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (Berkeley, CA). He teaches various courses in Philosophy, the Liberal Arts (Logic, Rhetoric, etc.) as well as Biblical Hebrew at John Paul the Great Catholic University.

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