This unit explains the differences between the classical Christian position in comparison with alternatives (for example, the Hellenic concept of God of Plato and Aristotle). It then examines classical proofs for the existence of God in the history of western philosophy, and considers various classical divine attributes, and our use of language to describe God. It also discusses various problems or issues in relation to the classical Christian conception of God, for example, the problem of evil, or the problem of divine foreknowledge.

Unit Code: AP3210C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Philosophy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Critically adumbrate a range of proofs of God’s existence.


Explain, contextualise and evaluate the critiques of arguments for the existence of God made, for example, in the medieval and the early modern periods


Critically explain the important accounts of certain divine attributes; for example, God’s omniscience, freedom, eternity or simplicity


Critically explain at least one problem for classical Christian theism; for example, the problem of evil, or the problem of divine foreknowledge, etc


Identify and critically appraise the characterisation of God implied or presupposed by the proofs for the existence of God presented in the unit

Unit sequence

30 points of Philosophy at second level


Lectures, seminars, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Unit variation one: 1 x 2,500-word essay

0 50.0

Unit variation two: 5 take-home examinations comprising 2,000 words total


Unit variation one: 2-hour written examination

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-04 08:00:33 +1100