Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


The relationship between philosophy and theology has a long and fascinating history. Whilst some, like the early Christian theologian Tertullian, questioned the relationship between the two disciplines, many others have sought to relate them in critical and constructive ways. This is true of early theologians such as Augustine, thinkers in the Middle Ages such as al Ghazali, Aquinas, and Maimonides, and it is a trend that continues today with theologians who draw on the work and methodology of philosophy to provide clarity and critique, and philosophers who think through deeply theological problems. In this course we will study the relationship between philosophy and theology in its historical and contemporary contexts, and in so doing seek to answer Tertullian's question: 'What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?'


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the history of the relationship between philosophy and theology.

2. Demonstrate advanced understanding of the way in which philosophy and theology intersect in the work of key thinkers.

3. Show an awareness of recent developments in the relationship between philosophy and theology and their implications for the critical study of religion.

4. Demonstrate a capacity to apply at least two philosophical methodologies to theological questions.

5. Skilfully navigate the complex relationship between philosophy and theology.


Within the course, students will study in depth the following topics:

  1. Between Athens and Jerusalem: Are Philosophy and Theology Friends of Foes?
  2. Philosophy and Theology Throughout the Ages
  3. Philosophy and Theology Today
  4. Philosophical Methodology and Theological Questions.

Assessment items

Essay: 2 x Essays

Online Learning Activity: 4 x Online Discussion Board