“For peace to reign on Earth, humans must evolve into new beings who have learned to see the whole first.“
Immanuel Kant (b. 1724 + 1804)
The Module on Christian Philosophy is a brief Introduction to the subject of Philosophical and critical thinking, from a Christian perspective. It aims primarily to introduce you to the foundations which will make your life easier when reading Theology.
Your readings will start with a simple question… “Why Philosophy?”, and then introduce you to a central theme… “Faith and Philosophy”.
The second part of this Module covers a brief History of Western Philosophy, beginning with the Pre-Socratics, the Golden Age of Greek Philosophy, touching on Plato and Aristotle and their contribution to Western Thought, followed by Medieval Synthesis with St. Augustine and Abelard, the Renaissance and Reformation.
The third part introduces you to the Early Modern Philosophy of Bacon through to Leibniz, progressing to Hume through to Friedrich Schleiermacher, and the Romantic Period up to Gadamer.
The fourth and final part in this Module will cover Modern Christian Philosophy, Epistemology and ending with Reformational Modern Philosophy.
REQUIRED APPROACH TO STUDY
There is no “test” at the end of this Module, however we do recommend two essential books at University undergraduate level, which nevertheless are accessible and read well.
The first, “Christian Philosophy: A Systematic And Narrative Introduction”, by Prof. Craig G. Bartholomew (Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics and former Senior Research Fellow at the University of Gloucestershire) and Dr. Michael W. Goheen (Professor of Missional Theology Director of Theological Education, Missional Training Center—Phoenix).
The second book, “A Philosophy of the Christian Religion For the Twenty-first Century,” by Prof. Nancey Murphy [Professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California; Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley (philosophy of science) and a Th.D. from the Graduate Theological Union (theology).]
COMPLETION: CONSULTATIVE ESSAY
Because Philosophy is a flexible fast-track Module, you are welcome to read both books and consult them, as well as other sources, to write your Essay. The Seminary will announce the subject for the Philosophy Module Completion Essay, well in advance, each year.
Your Essay must have a minimum of two A4 pages (roughly 1000 words) and a maximum of five A4 pages (roughly 2500 words).
You complete the Module by submitting your Essay. There is plenty of subjective matter in any Essay, let alone Philosophy, so there is no formal pass rate, but rather an overall evaluation of your commitment to read the books and write an Essay.
 A flexible fast-track Module is the name the Seminary gives to any group of study which seminarians are free to do at any time during their Term. You may choose to do one such Module gradually over a period of several months, just dedicating a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday, rather than wait for the Module to come up in the normal linear sequence as outlined in the Syllabus. However, you cannot defer the Module for the next Term. It must be completed in your First Term.