Philosophy For Understanding Theology

Taught by John Martis, this unit is a fantastic basis for anyone wanting to understand more about theology or philosophy, and how they interact with each other. Discover the philosophers who influenced some of our most famous theologians and the rich history of the philosophical system.


Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, and more; Famous philosophers who laid the groundwork for equally famous theologians, and impacted their thinking and teaching. Discover the impact of Platonism on the New Testament and how it plays into the world that Jesus was living in.

This unit explores the philosophical underpinnings of some key theological turns in Christian history . Variants of Platonism provide the background against which the Hellenistic elements in the New Testament can be interpreted. Similarly, Aristotle sets the scene for Thomas Aquinas and Kant for Schleiermacher and the nineteenth-century liberal theologians. You’ll get the opportunity to engage with the philosophers concerned, both in their own right and as they provide a background for scriptural and theological contemporaries and successors, and be challenged to address the question: is there a theoretical limit to engagement between philosophical and theological approaches to discovering ultimate meaning?

This is a real-time weekly class held at 9.30 on a Monday morning. Students can choose to attend online or in person, with a fully integrated zoom system in the classroom allowing for seamless class engagement. This also means that if you struggle with coming to in-person lectures or tutorials, this may be a great option for you!

By understanding the concepts that were prevalent in the cultures our best-known theologians were living in, we can better understand them.

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Course code: AP1000P/8000P
Instructor: J Martis
Mode of Delivery: Internal – Face to face and
External – Online Synchronous
Semester 1: Wednesday, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm