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Philosophy of Christianity - PHI00027M

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  • Department: Philosophy
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. David Efird
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

  • None

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

Subject content

  • to apply contemporary, analytic philosophy to theology in order (i) to explicate theological doctrines, (ii) to identify the philosophical problems those doctrines give rise to, (iii) to identify solutions to those problems, and (iv) to evaluate those solutions.

Academic and graduate skills

  • to develop students' abilities to apply philosophical tools and techniques in order to advance understanding of intellectual problems;
  • to provide a grounding for independent research in the philosophy of Christianity.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

Students should be able to:

  • display an in depth and systematic understanding of some key topics in the philosophy of Christianity, with a grasp of the forefront of current research in the area, providing a solid grounding for further independent research on related topics;

In particular, they should be able to:

  • explain the doctrines of Scripture, the Trinity, Providence, Original Sin, the Incarnation, the Atonement, the Resurrection of the Body, the Life Everlasting, and the Eucharist;
  • explain various interpretations of these doctrines, e.g. the kenotic interpretation of the Incarnation;
  • critically evaluate these interpretations relative to one another.

Academic and graduate skills

  • Students should be able to analyse complex areas of knowledge, displaying critical awareness; synthesise information and ideas from a variety of sources at the forefront of the discipline; evaluate research critically; and show originality in the discussion and application of ideas from the philosophical literature in developing their own arguments.
  • Students should show the ability to work autonomously and self critically on an extended essay that goes beyond the core framework that is provided in lectures and seminars.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 4000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 4000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive written or verbal feedback on the essay proposal and reading list at least two weeks after they submit it.

Students will meet their module tutor in week 10 to discuss their essay plan in person.

Students will receive feedback on the 4000 word summative assessment and re-assessment six weeks after they submit it.

Indicative reading

Oliver Crisp (ed), A Reader in Contemporary Philosophical Theology (New York: Continuum, 2009).

Michael Rea (ed), Oxford Readings in Philosophical Theology, Volume I: Trinity, Incarnation, Atonement (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

Michael Rea (ed), Oxford Readings in Philosophical Theology, Volume II: Providence, Scripture, and Resurrection (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

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