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Thinking God - Philosophical Theology and Postmodernity (12 points)
Synopsis: This unit concerns the relationship between thought and that which by definition cannot be thought: God. Since God must exceed any concept of God, the great difficulty for Christian theology is to reconcile belief in positive revelation with the necessary limits of human thought and understanding. It considers how it is possible for the unlimited to encounter the limited without destroying eaches integrity. Taking a chronological approach, the unit examines the thought of the ancient Greeks and then considers the consolidation of "natural theology." Focus then shifts to an increased antagonism between philosophy and theology in the early modern and Enlightenment periods.
Assessment: Seminar leadership and paper (2500 words): 30% + Essay (5000 words): 50% + Examination (1.5 hours): 20%
Contact Hours: 3 hour seminar per week
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