Is postmodernist suspicion an ally of religious faith, or its deadly enemy? How can anyone doubt the value of foundations and still speak meaningfully of God, or religious faith? Alternatively, does the notion of God as foundation amount to limitation of the divine, or even idolatry? This unit looks at how postmodern thinking bids to rework some traditional connections between faith and philosophy.

Unit Code: AP2759P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Philosophy

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Explain the meaning(s) of the term postmodern, in relation to and differentiation from the terms classical and modern, as these are understood philosophically


Show understanding of the interrelatedness between the postmodern claims for the death of God, death of the self, end of history and ‘closure of the book’


Explain and evaluate Taylor's postmodern advocacy of an a/theological faith, with its relationship to anonymous subjectivity and an erring Word


Describe and assess alternatives to Taylor's approach: Jean Luc Marion s God without Being, and also the Radical Orthodoxy school, who are themselves cognizant of postmodernism

Unit sequence

15 points in Philosophy


Lecture audio offered online, with reading materials; guided online tutorial discussion via forum.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay (1600 words)

1600 40.0

Online Participation

800 20.0

Essay (1600 words)

1600 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Aug, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-09 10:54:29 +1000