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Free LIVE, Interactive Course: The Gospels: Fact or Fantasy? Christian Apologetics
Live course taught by Gary Michuta for Summer 2024 High School Apologetics

Did the authors of the Gospels base their texts on real people or pagan myths? How can we know for sure? Find out in this course! We'll explore evidence that claims accurate accounts were made from the time of Jesus and onwards and how we can verify whether recorded events actually happened.

Total Classes:  7

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays (Thursday only second week), June 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2024

Note: June. 13th is the 7th class on a Thursday.

Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central, 8:00 Mountain, 7:00 Pacific)


Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, (Thursday only second week)June 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, and 27 2024.

Note: June 27th is the 7th class meeting on a Thursday.

Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central, 8:00 Mountain, 7:00 Pacific)

Duration of each class: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Introduction to Apologetics (available through Unlimited Access), or equivalent

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Apologetics or Theology. For a full credit, add another theology course or add the optional reading list provided by the instructor.

Instructor Bio: Gary Michuta

Fee: For all 6 classes: FREE

Course Description: Did the authors of the Gospels fabricate a hoax? Did they base their texts on legends or pagan myths? How do we know that what the Gospel record is truthful and actually happened? In this course, we will learn that such things simply cannot be the case. We will look at the evidence that a concerted effort was made to accurately transmit what happened accurately from the time of Jesus onwards and how we can verify whether the things they record really did happen.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: What are the Gospels compared to other ancient works?

  • Class 2: Did the writers of the events know the subject they recorded?

  • Class 3: Who wrote the four Gospels? (Authenticity)

  • Class 4: When were the Gospels written?

  • Class 5: Are our copies of the Gospels accurate?

  • Class 6: Could the Gospel authors have lied?

Course materials:

Required: The Gospel Truth: How We Can Know What Christ Taught by Gary Michuta (Catholic Answers Press, 2013)


Highly recommended (but not required): 

The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ by Brant Pitre

Is the New Testament Reliable? by Paul Barnett


Homework: Each class will have a multi-choice quiz. There will also be a final exam to review material from the course. Quizzes and the exam are automatically graded by the computer so that students have immediate feedback. Students will be encouraged to review the material and practice the responses. Expect to spend ½ hour per class on homework.

Course name
Free LIVE, Interactive Course: The Gospels: Fact or Fantasy? Christian Apologetics
Gary Michuta
Sharon Harrigan, Anastasia Brooks
Summer 2024
Theology ➤ Apologetics
Grade level
High School
Course type
Seats available
81 seats available
Seats remaining
14 seats remaining
Start time
June 3rd, 2024 at 10:00 AM ET
End time
June 26th, 2024 at 11:00 AM ET
Access start time
May 20th, 2024 at 12:00 AM ET
Access end time
December 31st, 2024 at 2:29 PM ET
Enrollment availability start time
February 12th, 2024 at 2:29 PM ET
Early enrollment discount ended
April 15th, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET
Late enrollment penalty start time
June 10th, 2024 at 12:00 AM ET
Enrollment availability end time
June 13th, 2024 at 12:00 PM ET
Relative due dates
Relative due dates are disabled for this course.

Gary Michuta is the author of Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger: Did the Catholic Church Add Books to the Bible? The Case for the Deuterocanon: Evidence and Arguments, and Making Sense of Mary. Mr. Michuta’s book How to Wolf-Proof Your Kids: A Practical Guide to Keeping Your Kids Catholic gives Catholic parents and educators valuable insights into the deceptive tactics used by anti-Catholics and concrete suggestions on how to combat these methods. His latest book is Hostile Witnesses: How the Ancient Enemies of the Church Prove Christianity. Mr. Michuta, the co-host of the radio show "Hands on Apologetics Live", offers many CD's on the topic of apologetics.. He is a frequent guest on various Catholic radio and television shows, and he also worked as an uncredited consultant for Steve Ray’s "Footsteps of God" video series. Since 2003, Mr. Michuta has developed apologetic material for the Eastern Church Re-Evangelization Commission (ECRC) to aid the Chaldean Catholic Dioceses. Mr. Michuta currently offers classes on Apologetics to Catholic parishes around the country. For Homeschool Connections, Mr. Michuta developed the "Defending Our Faith" series, which is a series of courses designed to help students defend their faith in the real world.

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Sharon Harrigan

Sharon is a convert to the Catholic faith from an Evangelical background. Though no longer homeschooling her own children, she is currently helping to homeschool two young boys, teaches advanced ESL classes, and, with her husband, teaches NFP classes to engaged couples. She lives in the Chicagoland area and tries to see her new granddaughter as often as she can!

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Anastasia Brooks

Anastasia grew up as number three of six siblings, originally born in the city then raised in the countryside Anastasia was homeschooled alongside her younger siblings after two years of attending a private Catholic School. When she came into the upper middle school years she took Homeschool Connection classes until she graduated highschool. After prayer and discernment she decided to start her own small business specializing in chapel veils and bridal veils instead of pursuing further education. During Anastasia's free time she can be found in a good book, playing with sheep or learning deeper about the Catholic Faith.

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