Learn How Philosophy Has Influenced Christian Thought

Join Dr. Jeff Mallinson as he guides you the Philosophical tradition of the West.

Philosophy in Christian Perspective

Philosophy has profoundly impacted Christianity over the centuries. Believe it or not, some pagan philosophers have made significant contributions to the Christian way of defining and understanding the good, the true, and the beautiful. In this way, Philosophy is a handmaid to Theology as it helps us categorize and shape our beliefs about our relationship with God.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction to Philosophy

    This first session introduces the topic of Philosophy and determines what will be covered throughout the course.

  • Aristotle

    In this session, we cover the life and work of Aristotle.

  • Hellenism and Rome

    In this session, we see how Roman thinkers had different philosophical concerns than Plato and Aristotle.

  • Neoplatonism and Early Medieval Philosophy

    In this session, we explore how Neoplatonism affected the hierarchical thinking of early medieval thought.

  • Scholasticism

    In this session, we explore the intellectual movement, Scholasticism, which was carried out in emerging universities.

  • Renaissance and Reformation

    In this session, we discover how renaissance humanist interest in the classical Roman world led to the re-discovery of important Roman thinkers, as well as Martin Luther's view of Philosophy.

  • Modern Rationalism

    In this session, we discuss the basic tenants of Rationalism, as well as what rationalists believe about knowledge.

  • Empiricism

    In this session, we discuss the basic tenants of Empiricism, as well as what empiricists believe about knowledge.

  • Normative Ethics

    In this session, we take a closer look at Normative Ethics, which develops criteria for deciding what is right and wrong.

  • Existentialism

    In this session, we explore what the Existentialist project is all about and how existentialists deal with the question of meaning.

  • Analytic Philosophy

    In this session, we look at the nature of the analytic tradition in philosophy as well as its ultimate goal.

  • Postmodernity

    In this final session, we explore the main contours of postmodernity.