This book follows the USCCB’s framework for “Life in Jesus Christ.” It
is written by John Meinert and Emily Stimpson Chapman. Instead of
explaining morality as a set of “thou shalt nots,” this book uses the
Catechism and the Church Fathers to reframe morality in light of human
freedom and the grace of God.
The Challenges section in this book in
particular will answer many common questions with which someone of high
school age may struggle, including whether it is wrong to judge others
and whether free will is truly free.
About the series:
The Formed in Christ series is a solid and faithful resource that
provides a thorough treatment of the Catholic faith and the various
branches of theology. Teachers may use this series to draw lessons for
all core curriculum subjects in the USCCB’s doctrinal framework for high
school level theology.
Each book in the Formed in Christ series is written at a high school
age-appropriate level and includes further reading from magisterial or
other orthodox sources (ranging from the Church Fathers to books
published within the last ten years), along with discussion and
reflection questions. Also included in each book is a “challenges”
section, which follows from the USCCB’s suggestions for apologetic
topics for each course.
The simple structure of the Formed in Christ series is meaningfully
designed to allow teachers to build their own course or to use these
books as a supplement. It means they can also be used by homeschoolers
or religious educators, by the beginner armchair theologian, or by the
college or high school student for independent or group study. The
versatility inherent in these books means that they are not only for a
high school classroom, but for anyone willing to put in the work to
learn more about the truths of the faith.