Philosophy of Religion

Course code PHIL2030Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Examines a number of issues in philosophical theology which came to the fore in the medieval and early modern periods. Issues to be discussed may include proofs for the existence of God, the nature of deity, God's knowledge of the future and predestination, the nature of religion, the relation of religion and science, and the sources of the concept of deity. Philosophers and theologians to be considered in the discussion of one or more of these issues may include St Thomas Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Lord Herbert of Cherbury, Descartes, the Cambridge Platonists, Locke and Hume.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives(1)Impart to students familiarity with, and knowledge of, the main issues addressed and approaches taken by Western philosophers and theologians in the medieval and early modern periods.

(2)Impart to students critical skills to deal with these issues in their historical forms and to prepare them to employ these approaches in their assessment of the current philosophical discussion of these matters.

(3)Develop high level written and oral skills in understanding and presenting philosophical issues in their historical contexts.

(4)Develop an understanding and appreciation of the ways in which historical context can help generate but not exhaust the ways in which an issue can appear and reappear in the history of philosophy.
ContentThe content focuses on the presentation of particular issues in philosophical theology as they came into prominence in the medieval and early modern period. The issues are those surrounding the existence, nature, and attributes of God, the source of the concept of God, the nature of religion, ways of understanding the relation between God and the created order from a scientific perspective. There will be some variation in emphases within this framework from year to year as appropriate to student needs. The lectures and discussions in class will focus on interpreting the texts, examining the philosophic issues, discussing how the historical context helps shape the issues, and indicating the contemporary relevance of the matters discussed.
Replacing Course(s)PHIL3030 Reason and Religion
TransitionStudents who have previously completed PHIL3030 Reason and Religion are no permitted to enrol in PHIL2030
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAt least 10 units of PHIL courses at 1000 level, or 40 units of any courses at any level.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments2 x 2000 word essays, worth 50% each; the first due week 8, the second at the end of semester.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHIL2030