MA Christian Philosophy

Starts from: May 13, 2023
Campus Location

879 W 190th St Suite 400,Gardena,CA,United States

Course Feature
  • Course Code A1234-X
  • Duration 2 years
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • Campus Main Campus
  • Min Qualification BA (Undergraduate)
Class Description

The Master of Christian Philosophy program is a postgraduate degree designed for individuals seeking a deep understanding of the intersection between philosophy and Christian thought. This program offers advanced study in philosophical principles, critical thinking, and their application to theological concepts. Students will engage in rigorous inquiry, develop analytical skills, and gain a comprehensive understanding of the philosophical foundations of the Christian faith.

Course Objectives:

1. Philosophical Foundations:
– Explore the major philosophical traditions and their impact on Christian thought.
– Examine foundational concepts such as metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, logic, and the philosophy of religion.
– Develop a comprehensive understanding of philosophical principles and their implications for Christian theology and practice.

2. Critical Thinking and Analysis:
– Enhance critical thinking skills and analytical reasoning through the study of philosophical texts and arguments.
– Engage in logical analysis, evaluate philosophical claims, and develop a discerning approach to philosophical discourse.
– Apply critical thinking to theological concepts, ethical dilemmas, and contemporary issues within a Christian framework.

3. Philosophy of Religion:
– Explore the philosophy of religion and its relevance to Christian belief and practice.
– Examine arguments for the existence of God, the nature of religious experience, and the problem of evil.
– Investigate the relationship between faith and reason, religious language, and the challenges posed by religious pluralism.

4. Christian Metaphysics and Epistemology:
– Investigate the metaphysical and epistemological foundations of Christian belief.
– Study concepts such as God’s nature, the nature of human beings, divine providence, free will, and the problem of evil.
– Evaluate different theories of knowledge, religious experience, revelation, and the relationship between faith and reason.

5. Ethical and Moral Philosophy:
– Examine ethical theories and moral principles from a philosophical perspective.
– Explore the application of ethical theories to contemporary ethical dilemmas and ethical decision-making within a Christian context.
– Develop a solid ethical framework rooted in Christian values, virtues, and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

6. Historical and Contemporary Christian Thinkers:
– Study the works of influential Christian philosophers throughout history.
– Engage with the thoughts and ideas of philosophers such as Augustine, Aquinas, Kierkegaard, and modern Christian thinkers.
– Analyze their contributions to Christian philosophy and apply their insights to contemporary philosophical and theological debates.

7. Integration and Applied Christian Philosophy:
– Integrate philosophical principles with Christian theology, practice, and ministry.
– Apply philosophical analysis and reasoning to theological concepts, apologetics, and evangelism.
– Engage in dialogue with non-Christian perspectives, fostering a thoughtful and informed Christian witness in diverse contexts.

Course Duration and Format:

The Master of Christian Philosophy program is typically designed as a two-year full-time or part-time course. It combines lectures, seminars, independent study, and research projects. Students may also have opportunities to engage in philosophical discussions, participate in philosophical reading groups, and attend relevant conferences or workshops.

Assessment Methods:

Assessment methods may include research papers, critical essays, oral presentations, philosophical reflections, and examinations. These assessments will evaluate students’ understanding of philosophical concepts, analytical skills, ability to apply philosophical principles to Christian theology, and their capacity for critical thinking and reasoned argumentation.

Conclusion:

The Master of Christian Philosophy program at The Shepherd’s House Christian University provides students with a deep understanding of the philosophical foundations of Christian thought. Graduates will possess advanced analytical skills, critical thinking abilities, and a comprehensive knowledge of the intersection between philosophy and theology. Equipped with these skills, they will contribute to philosophical and theological discourse, engage in meaningful dialogue with non-Christian perspectives, and provide thoughtful Christian perspectives on contemporary issues.

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