TH 18 - Philosophy for Catholic Theology
Within the parameters of the Catholic Faith, this course is to provide an introduction to philosophy, in particularly its relation to and central role in understanding theological concepts and terms. A historical survey will provide insight into the development of philosophical thought. The basics of Aristotelean/Thomistic logic will provide the groundwork for critical thinking and reasoned arguments. A concise presentation of the main branches of philosophy will be presented, followed with an understanding of the human person. Finally, as an application, various points of ethics will be covered along with selected issues that challenge the faith in the contemporary cultural.
12 Lessons - Pass/Fail
Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify and articulate the particular goals of both philosophy and theology, where they converge and contrast, and the harmony between them as a mutual pursuit of truth.
2. Become familiar with the major branches of philosophy, and understand the basic questions they seek to satisfy relative to their field of study.
3. Be introduced to the major philosophical figures of the ancient world, and recognize how Christianity ‘baptized’ their reasoning in and through the Christian Middle Ages.
4. Recognize the critical turn of modern philosophy beginning in the 17th century, and through the Enlightenment its effect on contemporary culture, particularly towards an understanding of the human person.
5. Navigate and disentangle the erroneous conflicts between faith and reason and in recognizing both the foundations and strengths/weaknesses of an argument, apply that knowledge in presenting the Christian faith to the present culture.
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