The Real Jesus of the Gospels

taught by Eric Westby, Phd

Course description

Throughout the media, many times the portrayal of Jesus is often at odds with what we are hear at church. In this course, we will set the record straight on Jesus, examining the principle source we have of His life – the Gospels – and learning about Who He really is and How He can change our lives. In examining the Gospels, we will see that the real Jesus is the One Who has loved us from eternity, offers us hope and healing, and offers us true and everlasting peace.

Hours of Instruction: 12

Eric  Westby, Phd
Eric Westby, Phd
Institute Director

Eric J. Westby, PhD is the Director of the Institute of Catholic Theology in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also the Director of Parish and School Catechesis at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. He is an assistant professor of Theology for Franciscan University of Steubenville. He received his doctorate from Liverpool Hope University, with his thesis entitled "Equipping the Catechist of Catechists: A Critical Discussion of Seminary Formation in Light of Priestly Ministry in Catechesis." He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University in Steubenville, from where he was the first student to complete the graduate specialization in catechetics. He holds a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from the Center for Ministry Development, and has been involved in full-time catechesis since 1988. He is a regular presenter at the summer St. John Bosco Catechetical Conference at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has published youth ministry materials through YOU! Press and is the founder of and More importantly, he is husband to Nikki and father of five beautiful girls.