Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Replacing course(s)

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

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


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

Essay: Essays