Michael Buckley once argued that theology’s friends caused it damage, and contributed to the emergence of modern atheism. This unit charts a course through a variety of modern forms of atheism in order to understand not only the variety of atheisms and atheistic arguments, but to appreciate the contribution of theologies to forms of agnostic and atheistic denial. The unit functions to provide two things: first, it introduces students to modern philosophies insofar as they pertain to the question of God; and, second, it serves as a course in the doctrine of God and the Christian traditions of negative theology.

Unit code: AP2800A (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Philosophy

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate understanding of the development of modern atheism in the West


Critically evaluate the relationship between a variety of forms of atheistic philosophy and Christian belief


Outline the approaches undertaken by key atheist philosophical figures


Outline key elements of the history of modern forms of atheistic philosophy


Identify and analyse theological assumptions embedded within non-theological text


Mixed mode (lecture, seminar, discussion fora, blended learning, flipped classroom


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay 1500 30.0
Essay 3000 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 27 Mar, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-04-03 16:21:33 +1100