This course analyzes how modernity has shaped the ways Christians approach questions about God. It considers modern critiques of religion that help us to understand our own sense of religion. We examine what Christian claims about God mean, and whether they are well founded. We explore central questions about the nature of divine life and what those questions reveal about the nature of human life.
What it means to be human has been called into question by intellectual movements that understand the human person as determined by biology, economics, historical trends, or inescapable networks of power. This class re-evaluates these prevailing cultural assumptions and asks questions that go to the heart of what makes us human: What is human nature? What is happiness? How can we discover meaning in our experiences of love, mortality, work, and contemplation?
Modern science offers the dominant but not the only way of interpreting the world. The natural world has always offered a mirror for humanity: the way we look at and understand the world affects how we think about ourselves, and vice versa. In this class, we consider the conceptions of the world most common today. By discussing their origins, presuppositions, and implications, we hope to deepen our understanding of the world and our place within it.
We live in a time when political, economic, and family life compete to occupy our horizon of concerns. Our culture is often cynical about the possibility of finding meaning in these fundamental aspects of human society. How is our dependent, rational nature developed in society through marriage, family, work, markets, and government? How can we engage in these areas of human life in ways that are genuinely good for us?
Department of Humanities
St. Augustine Center Room 304
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Dr. Kevin Hughes