Reason, Faith, and God

This unit enables the student to reflect philosophically upon the nature of religious faith in the context of contemporary intellectual culture. Consideration is given to traditional topics in the “philosophy of religion”, and to the particular challenges that arise for Christian faith and practice from modern and contemporary modes of questioning.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline


Credit Points



W7106 Ancient and Early Medieval Philosophy and
W7109 Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify the philosophical presuppositions of Christian faith and practice.
  2. Describe the challenges to religious faith and practice that arise in contemporary culture.
  3. Explain the different kinds of “secularisation” that are to be found in contemporary Australia, and their historical emergence.
  4. Compare and contrast different accounts of the relationship between religious faith and human reasoning.
  5. Apply philosophical reasoning to questions of religious faith.
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