An Introduction to Philosophy for Theology

AP1000C

Rev. Dr Chris Mulherin (coordinator)
Semester 1, 2020
Monday 2.00pm — 5.00pm

The unit provides an overview of some major concepts and thinkers in the western philosophical tradition that are relevant for the study of theology. It is suitable both as a preparation for theological studies and also as an introduction for students wishing to pursue further philosophical studies. Thinkers studied will include some or all of: Plato, Aristotle, Anselm, Aquinas, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Nietzsche and Heidegger. Themes studied will include some or all of: arguments for the existence of God, the classical attributes of God, consideration of the problem of evil, the nature of religious language, the human person, ethics and the nature of the Good, natural law and political philosophy.

Census Date

Tuesday 17 March

Prerequisites

none

Mode

face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester

Assessment

  • 4–6 short take-home essays/writing exercises (2,000 words) 50%
  • one 1,500-word essay 37.5%
  • one 500-word essay 12.5%
or [Lecturer's variation]
  • two-hour written examination (2,000 words) 50%
  • one 1,500-word essay 37.5%
  • one 500-word essay 12.5% 

Bibliography

  • Allen, Diogenes. Philosophy for Understanding Theology. London: SCM, 1985.
  • Allen, Diogenes, and Eric O. Springsted, eds. Primary Readings in Philosophy for Understanding Theology. Leominister: Gracewing, 1992.
  • Bonsor, Jack A. Athens and Jerusalem: The Role of Philosophy in Theology. New York: Paulist, 1993.
  • Clark, Kelly J., Richard Lints, and James K. A. Smith. 101 Key Terms in Philosophy and Their Importance for Theology. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2004.
  • Davies, Brian. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Flint, Thomas P., ed. Christian Philosophy. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1990.
  • McCabe, Herbert. God Matters. London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1987.
  • Moreland, James P., and William L. Craig. Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2003.
  • Morris, Thomas V. Our Idea of God: An Introduction to Philosophical Theology. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2002.
  • Rowe, William L., William J. Wainwright, and Robert Ferm, eds. Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.