Encounters in Philosophy and Theology (THE3196)

30 credits

Christian theology has always had a close relationship with philosophy. Theologians have used philosophical ideas and arguments to articulate religious doctrines, and philosophers have addressed religious ideas in their work. The relationship has not always been a happy one, however, with theologians sometimes condemning philosophy as impious, and philosophers sometimes denigrating religion as irrational. In this module you will study some of the key periods in history when Christian theology has interacted especially closely with major philosophical movements of the day. The emphasis throughout is on both the history of these encounters and the ideas and arguments that they spawned.