Christianity and Philosophy|
|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.
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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Phil/Reli)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(SISP-Phil Mind)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings from classical, medieval, modern and contemporary Christian philosophical writers, in addition to Biblical texts. Writers used in this course have included Ignatius of Antioch, Irenaeus, Origen, Gregory of Nyssa, Evagrius the Solitary, Augustine, Abelard, Anselm, Aquinas, Paley, Hume, Newton, Kierkegaard, Theophan the Recluse, Mackie, Plantinga, Russell, Lewis, and McGrath.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Four take-home exams or papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students are expected to attend and participate in class discussions, and will be called upon to summarize and/or present discussion questions for the readings. A previous course in philosophy is highly recommended before taking this course.
|Instructor(s): Horst,Steven W. Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK305; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 18||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 5||FR: 0|
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