Modern Religious Thought


Understanding any attempt to speak of 'God' is crucial in societies where religion continues to play an important part. As philosophers such as Charles Taylor have observed, in the contemporary West it is no longer the case that belief in 'God' is the default setting, and no longer do the majority opt to embrace one of the more 'traditional' religious forms of life. In fact, the present climate is characterised by the availability of a variety of religious options, movements, or ways of life. In this context, what does it mean to speak of 'God' when 'god' is a word that is used to describe all manner of things? This course will examine the development of the understandings of 'God', the gods, and transcendence in the modern period. Students will gain a clear understanding of the key writers on the subject, and will be expected to identify the evolution of religious thinking and factors which have contributed to major changes in a variety of religions today.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the main developments that have occurred in the modern understanding of 'God'; the gods and transcendence;

2. Critically analyse key movements in modern religious thought today;

3. Reflect upon and synthesise the practical meaning of modern religious claims;

4. Demonstrate advanced writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion.


This course will examine the development of the understandings of 'God' the gods, and transcendence in a variety of religious traditions today.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): THEO3002. Students who have successfully completed THEO3002 are not eligible to enrol in RELT3010.


This course replaces THEO3002. If you have successfully completed THEO3002 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

20 units of studies in RELT, PHIL or HUMA coded courses.

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: Online discussion

Written Assignment:


Contact Hours

Callaghan and On-Line from Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term