I’m the coordinator of a student apologetics discussion group at my university, and I wanted to ask if anyone had reccommendations for an apologetics/catechism book we might use for our meetings this fall. Some specific criteria:
- Group size is 6-10 people, about evenly divided between undergrads and graduate students. We tend to attract serious (i.e., orthodox) Catholics who have some knowledge of their faith, and are interested in a deeper understanding of major issues. “Introductory” materials are okay, but they need to have enough serious theology to keep everyone interested.
- We’ve tried “homework”, and it doesn’t work for us. This means that anything that will be discussed in our group must be read (usually aloud) at a meeting, preferably without having to ‘spill’ material to the next week. This constrains lessons to about 2-3 (information-dense) pages to allow time for discussion and questions, and rules out somewhat longer works like the Beginning Apologetics series.
- Personal stories (by the author) illustrating the topic are a plus, but discussion questions are a must. Straight prose not intended for discussion or deeper reflection haven’t worked well for us in the past.
- We’re open to anything on traditional apologetics issues, the Catechism, moral/ethical issues, confronting challeges by other faiths or secular culture, etc. We’d prefer not to do Scripture study or “personal experience-sharing” activities (there are other groups at our parish for these).
I’d appreciate any suggestions or reccommendations you might have.