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Catholic Answers School of Apologetics: Making Sense of the Inquisition Online Course

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There may be no event in Church History so fraught with controversy as the Inquisition. The topic is often used to discredit the Catholic Church, too frequently by people whose own knowledge of the relevant circumstances and events is thin. In Making Sense of the Inquisition, you will learn what the Medieval, Spanish, and Roman Inquisitions were, their origins in Scripture and Roman jurisprudence, why they came into practice, and how they functioned.

The student who devotes the time and effort to acquiring a better sense of these events in Church history will be equipped to:

-Discuss the Inquisition honestly and irenically. 

-Explain that  to medieval man, heresy was no mere difference of opinion, but a dangerous and violent thing that tore asunder the political and cultural life of a Christian kingdom. 

-Defend the good motives and often merciful actions of the men and women involved in these events, without feeling the need to justify their periodic excesses. 

-Show that the Inquisition not only save souls but also preserved the social fabric of Spain long after most of Europe’s countries were afflicted by Protestant rebellion.

14 online lessons + PDF Study Guide

Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

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5 Reviews

  • 5
    Setting the record straight

    Posted by Javier Gamboa on Nov 11th 2021

    I found this course very enlightening. As a Spanish Catholic, and without belittling any and all abuses committed, I also feel there has been a mischaracterization of the role and extent of the practices of the Inquisition in Spain, mostly, but also elsewhere. I thank Catholic Answers, and Chris Check, for this very good course. Just as a small comment for the sake of accuracy. The correct expression in Spanish for resurgence of literature, arts, technology, and other fields the 16th & 17th centuries is called "Siglo de Oro" not "siglo d'oro". It is a tiny, minuscule comment that does not detract a bit from what is a very good course. Thanks!

  • 5
    Easy to Understand and Digest

    Posted by Andrew Copley on Sep 22nd 2021

    I picked this course wanting to learn more about one of the parts of Catholic history that I don't really understand very well. All I really knew about the Inquisitions was the little bit I got in middle school on the Spanish Inquisition. This course showed how little I really knew and how what little I did know was very misinformed!

  • 5
    Understanding the Inquisition

    Posted by Stephen Hertz on Jan 18th 2021

    Excellent course if you want a quick and easy to understand overview of a complicated period of history. Highly recommended.

  • 5
    Great presentation!

    Posted by Radu Capan on Dec 18th 2020

    While I knew some facts about Inquisition, this course brought to me a lot of light on the topic. The presenter is very dedicated and I loved the way he repeated some sentences, like a good old fashion professor. A well-structured course, with good arguments. For international customers, all the courses would be greater with English subtitles, otherwise we miss some parts (names, but not only). We watched it in the family (parents and children, 14+) and we all enjoyed it. I super-super recommend it!

  • 5
    Excellent Course!

    Posted by Jonathan Vos on Nov 11th 2020

    I was drawn to this course because the inquisition is a topic I know little to nothing about. I had heard the rumors that generally surround this topic. This course clears up all common rumors and much more. If you are looking for clarity and on the history and events that took place during the inquisitions, this course will fulfill that need. I highly recommend it.

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