This unit explores the philosophical underpinnings of some key theological turns in Christian history. Variants of Platonism provide the background against which the Hellenistic elements in the New Testament can be interpreted; subsequent Platonist developments inform Augustine s thought, and thereby, much later, Luther’s. Similarly, Aristotle sets the scene for Thomas Aquinas; Kant for Schleiermacher and the nineteenth century liberal theologians; Hegel, in a different way, for Kierkegaard and Barth; Heidegger for Bultmann and Rahner. The unit gives the student an engagement with the philosophers concerned, both in their own right and as they provide a background for scriptural and theological contemporaries and successors.
Explain the difference between philosophical and theological approaches to exploring truth
Discuss the ways in which the particular philosophers studied have extensions of their philosophical claims that are essentially theological
Identify and describe the issues involved in assessing the theological merits and demerits of the various philosophical positions studied
Describe the relationship between the philosophers studied and the theological responses and reactions they generated in others
Outline the ways in which secular-philosophical and religious-theological currents have flowed together in Christian history.
Lecturing, with discussion and a weekly tutorial
2 hour examination
2000 word essay
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Aug, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-05 15:16:38 +1000