Philosophy Major (B.A.)
The major in Philosophy is designed to provide a thorough, biblically based, cognitive and spiritual foundation for effective ministry and advanced studies in Philosophy, Law, Apologetics, Theology, and a wide diversity of related areas of study. For over two millennia, Philosophy has been recognized as one of the leading "liberal arts" available to teach and train the soul to become wise and prepared for service to God and neighbor, since the study of Philosophy has as its goal the development of the person in all those areas that constitute human flourishing and maturity. The Apostle Paul speaks of these areas together, constituting for the Christian believer what we normally call "spiritual growth," as seen, e.g., in the five or six recognizable areas of requirements for elders in the church (cf. I Tim 3, Titus 1), namely, intellectual, moral, social, psychological, physical and emotional development of the cardinal virtues (wisdom, justice, courage, temperance) and Christian virtues (faith, hope and love).
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Conduct research using primary and secondary sources in an informed and critical way.
- Evaluate the central concepts and arguments in the history of Western Philosophy.
- Compare and contrast Christian and non-Christian theories of reality, knowledge, and value.
- Defend a philosophically informed worldview.
Delivery Format: Residential Only
- Campus/Parachurch Ministry
- Hospital Ethicist
- Human Rights Advocate
- Classical Christian School Teacher (esp. Logic)
- Computer Science
- Information Technology
- Leadership and Management
- Cultural Commentator
- Business Entrepreneur
- Christian Educator
Prerequisite: ENGL 101
A survey of the major positions and figures in philosophy and the cultural worldviews and practical applications that derive from them, focusing specifically on theism, naturalism and humanism in contemporary thought.
Offered: Resident and Online
A study of the basic laws of rational thought and their application to actual examples of verbal and written argumentation.
A survey of the evidences for the central truths of Christianity; the existence of God, the deity and resurrection of Christ and the authority and truth of the Bible
Offered: Resident and Online
A study of major western philosophers through Thomas Aquinas.
A study of major western philosophers from the 13th century to Kant.
A study of major western philosophers of the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Prerequisite: PHIL 210
This course covers the essential elements of symbolic logic, including categorical, sentential, and predicate logic, both translations and proofs. This course will introduce and develop the symbolic nature of propositional and predicate logic, as well as examine such things as validity and soundness, truth tables, rules of deductive inference and replacement, formal axiomatic systems, relations, alternative notations and proof techniques.
A study of Hindu, Buddhist and Confucian philosophical systems. The student will explore the basic logics employed in these systems, as well as the structure of their content.
A survey of central ethical issues and problems and the major philosophical approaches to their solution.
A study of the definitions, methods and presuppositions of both the natural and social sciences and their relationships to ethics and revelation.
A survey of the major ethical issues that are currently facing the life and medical sciences. Topics will cover ethical issues concerning life and death, clinical health care, and medical research. Emphasis will be placed on providing guidelines in making critical ethical decisions, especially for those planning careers in the medical field.
Offered: Resident and Online
A study of the major views on the basic issues of knowledge, belief, perception and certainty with special attention paid to the central historical controversies.
An integrative studies course examining Augustine's life and thought within his times, culture and context, integrating disciplines such as philosophy, theology, history, and literature. Students will explore various primary texts, investigating Augustine's theories regarding free will, predestination, the inner desire for God, signs and signification as philosophical concepts, the nature of truth, just war theory, good and evil, time and eternity, the nature of God and perfection, and interpretation theory.
Prerequisite: (PHIL 201 or PHIL 210 or PHIL 240 or PHIL 301 or PHIL 302 or PHIL 303 or PHIL 310 or PHIL 346 or PHIL 350 or PHIL 360 or PHIL 380 or PHIL 429 or PHIL 465 or PHIL 468) and (RSCH 201 or Inquiry Research with a score of 80 or Research with a score of 80 or Research (prior to 2017-2018) with a score of 80)
An introduction to the philosophical discussion of being; the nature of reality, the existence and attributes of God, and the nature of human persons, including the mind-body problem and the issue of freedom and determinism.
A study of the major issues in religion: the existence of God, the problem of evil, freedom and determinism, and religious language.
A study of the contributions to philosophy and Christian thought of C.S. Lewis. Special attention is given to his biography, early life and conversion, academic development, methods of critical thought, defense of the faith, arguments in favor of theism, poetry, mythopoeic literature, science fiction, as well as many contributions not usually associated with Lewis's popularity and recognition. Contemporary and recent literature on Lewis will be critically examined.
This is a study of the contributions to philosophy and Christian thought in the writing of J.R R. Tolkien. The course will examine the implicit power of story in the major and minor works of J.R.R. Tolkien. In addition to exploring themes of identity, heroism, good and evil, and other moral virtues in Tolkien���s mythical and short story writings, we will consider the influences of Tolkien���s mythology and historical fiction in popular culture. While there will be some literary analysis throughout the course, most of the seminar will discuss the influence of mythology (i.e., the concept of eucatastrophe and sub-creation in fairy stories [i.e., fantasy], and the implicit power of language, virtue and free-will behind the worldview of Middle-earth).
PHIL 495 - Directed Research (1 to 3 hours)
A seminar on various topics in philosophy, including current trends and figures.