Catholic Resources for High School

Answer the Questions High School Students Are Really Asking

Many (if not most) high school students today are being challenged by the these four popular secular myths:  

  • I have doubts – about God’s existence and life after death.
  • Suffering is my big issue. Wouldn’t God prefer happiness?
  • I want to be a better person. What do I need to do?
  • God yes, but Jesus – I’m not so sure.

Belief in these myths have already led a large number to skepticism and unbelief. We must redress these myths at its origin in high school.

Doing so can change a student’s entire outlook on life, self, and God.

The Magis Center has developed, and is continuing to develop, resources for high school teachers and students to respond to these allegations with cutting edge research in science, philosophy and theology.

Explore our top 6 tools:

1. The Reason Series

Three resources for 9th and 10th grade

2. Cosmic Origins

The Documentary  (one resource for 9th-12th grade).

3. Science, God & Creation

Two resources for 11th and 12th grade.

4. Evidence for God from Contemporary Science and Philosophy

Twenty-two Online Lectures, 2 resources – for seniors—in preparation for college.

5. From Nothing to Cosmos

3 resources for 10th grade and up.

6. Happiness, The Series

2 resources for 9th Grade and above.

The Reason Series

A 5-part program that empowers teachers to effortlessly provide high-school students all the evidence they need to be more certain about a transcendent, super-intelligent, creative power: God.

Based on the award-winning book, New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy by Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J. Ph.D., The Reason Series follows college freshman Joe as he learns to defend his faith from his atheist roommate, Tyler, with the help of physics and philosophy grad students, Dan and Alana.

To help you better use The Reason Series, we offer free resources:

  1. Slide deck Presentations in PDF format for each lesson.
  2. A PDF Teacher’s Resource Manual with: detailed lesson plans, prayers, handouts, assessments, additional activities, video clips, and more, all which can be used in a variety of settings and time frames. This study has received the Imprimatur.

Cosmic Origins

This 50-minute documentary features eight world renowned physicists speaking about the evidence for creation and supernatural design from contemporary physics.

An ideal complement to both The Reason Series (ninth grade program) and Science, God & Creation (twelfth grade program).

Included are Dr. Arno Penzias (Nobel Prize for discovering Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation), Dr. John Polkinghorne (Cambridge University Physics, Templeton Laureate), Dr. Owen Gingerich (Harvard University – Astronomy), Dr. Michael Heller (Vatican Observatory, Templeton Laureate), Dr. Lisa Randall (Harvard University Cosmology), Dr. Jennifer Wiseman (NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies), and Dr. Stephen Barr (University of Delaware Physics).

Enjoy an excellent production value, with outstanding graphics and visual effects to captivate your class. This product is recommended as an introduction of faith and science: it has the strength of the testimony of 8 world renowned scientists.

An excellent tool for parish Confirmation retreats and Confirmation classes.

Science, God, & Creation

The origins of the universe suggest creation, purpose and design. This entertaining and informative documentary explores string theory, bouncing universes, and multiverses – and what we can learn from physics and faith.

The 21st Century has revealed a remarkable complementarity between physics and faith.

The origins of the universe suggest a creation, and the constants and conditions of our universe strongly indicate purpose and design.  It is at once entertaining – filled with visual effects and graphics – and is informative about the most important questions – and what science can tell us about them.

Online College Lecture Series (2 resources – for seniors—in preparation for college)

Evidence for God from Contemporary Physics and Philosophy – Resources include on-line lectures and a study guide.

This is a shortened version of 30 Online Lectures on the Evidence for God from Physics. There is significant overlap. We do not recommend ordering both online lecture series.

These on-line lecture series can be helpful to senior high school students (planning to attend college), for college students, as well as for catechists, teachers and interested parents.

This lecture series includes a free on-line comprehensive study guide ( approximately 93 pages) which may also be purchased as a book – Evidence for God from Contemporary Science and Philosophy.

Evidence for God from Contemporary Science and Philosophy

This comprehensive set of questions and answers is designed as a study guide to accompany Fr. Spitzer’s award winning book, New Proofs for the Existence of God, as well as the College Lecture Series titled, Evidence for God from Physics and Philosophy.
Though it is written specifically with those products in mind, the first chapter will be very helpful to those who have purchased Cosmic Origins or Science, God and Creation.

From Nothing To Cosmos Series

A full treatment of topics on the evidence for God from contemporary science. 

This DVD series featuring Fr. Robert J. Spitzer S.J., Ph.D. covers the topics in Science, God and Creation in great detail. It  covers six additional topics not treated in Science, God & Creation.

This 4 DVD set (approximately 4 hours)  is a dynamic presentation (with separately available The Workbook +) can be used for a twelve-part presentation in senior religion courses. It can also be used as the foundation for a one-semester course in faith and science.

Happiness, The Series

If God is all loving, why is there suffering? This series tackles this massive modern question head on, and shows how happiness affects our view of ourselves, the choices we make, and our purpose in life.

Happiness is the one thing you can choose for itself – everything else is chosen for the sake of happiness.

In this one phrase, Aristotle reveals how happiness affects our view of ourselves,  purpose, what we pursue in life and career, who we choose as friends and spouses – just about everything we believe and hold dear.

To help you better use The Reason Series, we offer free resources:

  1. Slide deck Presentations in PDF format for each lesson.
  2. A PDF Teacher’s Resource Manual with: detailed lesson plans, prayers, handouts, assessments, additional activities, video clips, and more, all which can be used in a variety of settings and time frames. This study has received the Imprimatur.

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