Rome - May 14, 2014: School of Athens, Renaissance fresco by Raphael in Stanze di Raffaello, Vatican Museum, Italy. Aristotle and Plato among other philosophers in the center of the famous painting.


Have you been yearning to learn more about your Catholic faith, but don't know where to start? TAN courses offer insightful, comprehensive lecture series on the Bible, the early Church, Christ in the Gospels, and even how to improve your spiritual life. You can feel relieved knowing that TAN Courses are 100% faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

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An Introduction to Vatican II: The Council and Its Major Constitutions

Taught by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.

During the year of faith (2012), Pope Benedict XVI continuously encouraged Catholics to rediscover the riches of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council as a means to strengthen their faith and love for the Church.  Through a thorough discussion of key themes, major documents, and historical context, this course hopes to deepen the understanding of the lay faithful as they open themselves up to the development of the Church’s wisdom. 

The course will begin by focussing on the reasons which gave rise to Vatican II, it will continue by examining the common misconceptions regarding the council, move on to general principles and themes, and lastly consider the key documents which emerged from the council. Some questions that will be considered: Why study Vatican II?  What is the relationship between the Church and the Modern world? How can the Church defend the deposit of faith given the rise of science and the loss of religiosity?  What is the essence of the Sacred Liturgy and how can it be most faithfully preserved?  Are the ministers of the Church in need of reform? Or is the Church itself simply "outdated"?


The Cardinal Virtues: Discovering a Morality of Happiness

Taught by William C. Mattison III, Ph.D.

Join Prof. Mattison as he examines the pervasiveness of what the Western Tradition has come to call the “Four Cardinal Virtues.”  Prof. Mattison begins with an examination of the common opinions regarding morality.  Is morality simply a set or arbitrary rules?  Does morality have anything to do with my happiness?  Does man need religion in order to be moral?   

Both the ancient Greek philosophers and the Catholic tradition affirm that friendship is at the core of human happiness.  But Christian happiness surpasses such natural pagan theories in its belief that man can have friendship with God.  What does this communion with God look like?  What does it mean to possess God? What kinds of actions lead to the possession of the “greatest good”?

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The First 500 Years: The Fathers, Councils, and Doctrines of the Early Church

Taught by Rev. Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J.

How can the Fathers of the Church help you answer challenges against the Faith? The Fathers were there from the very beginning of the Church. Their writings and thoughts on doctrine helped shape theology as it developed over the first few centuries of the Church. If you want to know why we believe what we believe, start with the Church Fathers - and that's exactly what Father Meconi does in this course.

This course is more than apologetics - it is a comprehensive look at the formative years of the Catholic Church. Discover where our doctrines about Mary, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit came from. Understand the influence of the great saints Cyril, Pope Leo, and Augustine. Embrace the rich heritage of our religion. Join Father Meconi for this fascinating look at the early days of the Catholic Church.

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Christian Spirituality: A Historical Study of Prayer, Detachment, and Love of God

Taught by Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D.

In addition to the doctrinal and theological history of the Catholic faith, it is essential that we add the history of Christian spirituality - namely, the very way that Christians have made their personal response to the God who reveals Himself to His people through Jesus Christ. This course surveys important spiritual movements, the rich diversity of spiritual insight that has marked the history of Christianity starting from the early Desert Fathers, the founding of the great religious orders, Christian mysticism, 19th and 20th century Catholic spiritual contributions, and more. In taking a look at the history of Christian spirituality in this way, one ultimately comes to a deeper understanding of man’s proper relation to God, and how he ought to respond to God’s love.

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The Four Last Things: Reflections on Death, Judgment, Heaven & Hell

Taught by Regis Martin, S.T.D.

How will we face the end? On whom does our hope finally depend? In short, what are the last things ever to be remembered? These are the questions examined in this course, whose lectures abound with insight and imagery drawn from the rich patrimony of the Church's wisdom and experience.

What can we know from the lives of saints and sages - sinners, too - that will illumine the mysteries surrounding our lives?

Professor Martin identifies the Last Things each of us is destined to face - namely, Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell - reviewing them in the context of Christian hope, which is the virtue most necessary to the happy outcome of our journey home to God.

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Introduction to Theology: Tradition, Doctrine, and Culture

Taught by Ronald Thomas, Ph. D.

Theology is a science, the “divine science”, that requires intellectual effort to understand the presuppositions, content, and consequences of divine revelation. So, is that opposed to simple faith and humble piety? Not in the least, if the saints are to be trusted. According to some of them—St. Anselm, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Augustine, for example—to avoid theological discipline, provided one is capable of undertaking it, would be an abdication of the faith and a falsification of the piety that one practices.

Join Professor Ronald Thomas, then, as he introduces you to the most important study a person can undertake - the study of “the queen of all sciences.”

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The Spiritual Life: The Keys to Growing Closer to God

Taught by Rev. Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, S.T.D., S.T.L.

What does it mean to be close to God? In this course, Fr. Jeffrey Kirby will guide you through the most basic principles of the Spiritual Life, defining key terms and analyzing specific biblical verses that will greatly aid both newcomers to Christianity and those who have been Christian for years.

Whether one feels like praying or not, Fr. Kirby discusses the importance to do so, addressing the different stages a person may go through throughout the course of his interior, spiritual progress. Using scripture as a basis to teach us how Christ’s life too had moments of suffering and moments of joy, Fr. Kirby expertly shows us how our lives are expected to do the same.

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Sacred Art: Spiritual Principles for Faithful Interpretation

Taught by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.

We all want to truly understand and experience great art - especially religious art. But you need more than just learning to value brush strokes, figure placement, and perspective. As a professor and author, Dr. Jem Sullivan is uniquely qualified to present both the artistic elements of great art and the spiritual dimension inherent in Christian art.

Religious art is rooted in the theological foundation of the Church - the Incarnation. A painting, sculpture, or fresco can speak the language of the Incarnation: the Word of God. Professor Sullivan will teach you how to see that language spoken in art, how to hear it, and how to receive it into your heart. She introduces concrete tools for rediscovering the profound messages of religious art that are too often overlooked.


Every TAN Course Includes:

  • 30-minute video or audio lectures
  • Printable PDF study guide
  • Deep theology taught by great minds
  • Continued education at your own pace

“The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.”

G.K. Chesterton

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