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Christianity and Philosophy

PHIL 261
Fall 2011
Section: 01  
Course Cluster: Christianity Studies

In this course we will examine a number of different ways in which Christianity and philosophy have crossed paths. After introductions to Christianity and philosophy in late antiquity, we will look at early Christian discussions of whether Christians could also practice philosophy and both early and recent apologetics and anti-apologetics, in which the merits of the Christian faith are disputed. We will then spend a substantial portion of the semester looking at ways that Christian doctrine was synthesized, first with Platonic philosophy and then with Aristotelian philosophy. Finally, we will look at the role religious belief played in the emergence of early modern science and at the dialogue between faith and science that has resulted.

Essential Capabilities: Logical Reasoning, Writing
The first two assignments in this course are exercises in philosophical writing and argumentation. They receive exhaustive comments (and high standards in grading) for clarity, cogency, and writing mechanics. The second paper involves formal explication and critique of an argument.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA PHIL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Phil/Reli)(SISP-Phil Mind)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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