Does religion have room for philosophy? Are reason and faith fundamentally at odds? The great medieval thinkers would have been bewildered by such questions, believing that faith lent itself to rational examination. St. Paul and St. Augustine were among the early Christian theologians who relied on Plato and Aristotle to elucidate, defend or even criticize the new faith. Theology was part of the debate for sure, but there were also heated arguments over semantics, logic and grammar.
We will trace the history of faith versus reason from the fall of Rome to the Renaissance, examining key figures, concepts and vocabulary.
Note: This course is available twice in the spring 2019 term.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.