Philosophy Course Preview part 2
Mar 18, 2009 by Troy Nunley | 0 Comments
Here is a preview of the courses I (Troy Nunley) will be teaching in summer and fall. Having taught philosophical ethics for many years in secular universities, I'm eager to retool the resources and background I've accumulated in order to meet the needs and interests of seminarians and Christian academics in training. The upcoming Christian Ethics course will allow for more leeway in integrating Biblical and theological concerns where philosophical theory typically gets the most attention. And application of ethics to pressing ethical issues will take on a deeper significance in a classroom of future Christian leaders who will often be called on to speak responsibily where matters of life and death are concerned. Philosophical Ethics will remain largely philosophical, of course, but will allow a deeper opportunity to develop responses to nihilists, relativists, subjectivists, moral skeptics and other general challenges to moral realism (of which Christian ethics is a category). I've also received a lot of helpful feedback and ideas since I taught "Defending the Christian Faith" last semester; come expecting the newest, hottest edition thereof. Cheers.
Intersession Summer 09
PR 601-MB M 8-10:45 a.m. Christian Ethics and Modern Culture
This course will examine the foundations, coherence and contemporary application of a genuinely Christian Ethic. Biblical, theological and philosophical foundations for ethics will be individually examined with the aim of critically integrating these into an overall ethical theory. We will examine the ramifications of such a theory to "hot button" topics including abortion, sexual ethics, euthanasia, just war and capital punishment. Taught by Dr. Troy Nunley, Assistant Professor of Philosophy.
PR 501-EV W 6:30-9:15 p.m. Defending Christian Faith
This course equips students with well-reasoned responses to criticisms of Christianity's philosophical presuppositions, the veracity of its essential historical claims and the coherence of its fundamental doctrines. It will address topics of general philosophical concern such as truth, knowledge, rational grounds for belief in God and the problem of evil. It will also enable the student to understand and defend Christian doctrines such as the Ressurection, Incarnation, Trinity and hope of eternal life. And lastly we will explore the merits of Christian faith in contrast with alternative religions and worldviews. Taught by Dr. Troy Nunley, Assistant Professor of Philosophy.
PR 652-01 W 12-2:45 p.m. Philosophical Ethics
This course will critically examine contemporary ethical theories, arguments for and against each of these and the assumptions required for any moral discourse to be possible. Attention will be given several proposed bases for morality: pleasure, duty, virtue, divine commands, etc. We will examine the objective status moral truths and moral judgments in light of subjectivist, relativistic, critical and non-cognitive challenges. Taught by Dr. Troy Nunley, Assistant Professor of Philosophy.
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