This unit explains the differences between the classical Christian position in comparison with alternatives (for example, the Hellenic concept of God of Plato and Aristotle). It then examines classical proofs for the existence of God in the history of western philosophy, and considers various classical divine attributes, and our use of language to describe God. It also discusses various problems or issues in relation to the classical Christian conception of God, for example, the problem of evil, or the problem of divine foreknowledge.
Critically explain a range of proofs of God’s existence
Elaborate and evaluate the critiques of arguments for the existence of God made, for example, in the medieval and the early modern periods
Critically expound the important accounts of certain divine attributes; for example, God’s omniscience, freedom, eternity or simplicity
Critically expound at least one problem for classical Christian theism; for example, the problem of evil, or the problem of divine foreknowledge, etc.
30 points of Philosophy at first level
Lectures, seminars, tutorials
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1 x 2,000-word essay
Unit variation one: 2-hour written examination
Unit variation two: 5 take-home examinations comprising 2,000 words total
One of the variations set out here is chosen by the lecturer/unit coordinator prior to the start of the unit, in conjunction with the Dean, and is published in the unit outline. The lecturer may choose different variations for different levels in the same unit. Students may have choices within a given variation, but are not able to make choices outside that set variation.
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017
Unit record last updated: 2019-02-01 10:31:43 +1100