Content

Denys Turner once offered a provocatively titled lecture, “How to be an Atheist”. Here he argued that in order to be a sophisticated atheist, one must learn to deny the most sophisticated forms of belief in God. Similarly, if one is to be a sophisticated Christian, we can equally argue that we need to learn to negate the most sophisticated forms of unbelief—or, indeed to recognise the various shades of grey. This unit charts a course through a variety of modern forms of unbelief in order to provide students with the skills required to avoid precisely those problematic forms of belief that are negated and to get inside the heads of various thinkers. The supposition is, then, that behind every atheism is a problematic theism that ought to be denied. This unit functions to provide two things then: first, it serves as an introduction to modern philosophy insofar as it pertains to the question of God and second, it serves as a course in the doctrine of God and negative theology as the students learn in practice the art of negation endemic to the Christian tradition.

Unit Code: CT2300T

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Critically evaluate the relationship between a variety of forms of atheistic philosophy and Christian belief.

2.

Outline the approaches undertaken by key atheist philosophical figures.

3.

Outline key elements of the history of modern forms of atheistic philosophy.

4.

Identify and analyze theological assumptions embedded within non-theological text.

Unit sequence

An introductory unit in Systematic Theology or Philosophy

Pedagogy

Socratic dialogue and flipped learning

Assessments

Name Description Weight (%)
Essay

Short Essay (1000 words)

25.0
Essay

Major Essay 2000 words

50.0
Forum

Forums (equivalent to 1000 words)

15.0
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Quiz (equivalent to 500 words)

10.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 18 Oct, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-09 16:00:42 +1000