Content

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: AP9800A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Philosophy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Understand the development of modern atheism in the West

2.

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

3.

Analyse the approaches undertaken by key atheist philosophical figures

4.

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

5.

Identify and analyse theological assumptions embedded within non-theological text

6.

Critically engage with negative theological traditions in conjunction with contemporary questions of theological disbelief

7.

Demonstrate the capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner

Pedagogy

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

Assessments

Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Essay 2000 30.0
Essay 5000 70.0
Approvals

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

Unit Record last updated: 2020-04-03 16:31:20 +1100