I will be attending a catholic university in the fall, and I have recently learned that it teaches heresy. While I am not shocked by this, I am concerned about myself and my faith. I am still a relatively recent revert, and it was the heresy I was taught in my grade 12 Christian Ethics class that made me decide to leave the Church in the first place. I attend the TLM frequently and am actively involved, so I get a heavy dose of orthodoxy, but I don’t know all the heresies, or how to identify them.
I have to take some Theology and Philosophy classes, and I am worried I will unintentionally learn errors and not know I am wrong.
How can I identify and protect myself from heresies?
Studying the history of the Churches doctrines would be a good start. People should do that anyway.
More specifically, a good book for those going to a Catholic school is Disorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind.
Within are essays on various “-isms”, on the looney-tunes ideas you might face in a Catholic school. The essays are by the likes of Peter Kreeft, Donna Steichen, Fr. George Rutler, Eric Metaxas, John Keck, Elizabeth Scalia, Jimmy Akin, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (mine is on Modernism), Robert Spencer, Mark Shea….
All in all, a good place to start. There is some bibliography after each essay.
In the meantime, making a good regular confession and saying your prayers will help you keep your mind clear and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you through the shoals.