Philosophy of God (or natural theology) is the highest achievement of philosophy; it presupposes metaphysics and explores everything that may be known by reason about the first cause of being. This field of philosophy provides essential concepts and insights to Catholic theology about the divine attributes. In this course, students will be introduced to the key concepts of classical theism as well as subversive alternatives. Students will be equipped to:
- demonstrate familiarity with the major theories about God including polytheism, pantheistic monism, classical theism, modernism, and open theism.
- define the core ideas of classical theism including first causality, immutability, divine simplicity, eternity, and divine providence.
- demonstrate the existence of God, the primacy of God, and predestination.
- identify and critique key ideas in the philosophy of God that continue to impact contemporary theology.