THEO 220 Philosophy for Theology


The method, content and status of theological reasoning have always been influenced by the wider intellectual world in which it operates. This course will examine the nature of that influence by surveying major thinkers and developments in the history of Western thought that have played a formative role in Christian theology from Plato to the 20th century.

Course objectives:

  1. Students will be able to trace the chronology of the Western philosophical tradition.
  2. Students will be able to articulate the connections between Western philosophical ideas and the development of Christian theology.
  3. Students will be able to identify major philosophical thinkers who have influenced the development of theology (including but not limited to, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, and Kant).