General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title The Road to Damascus: Conceptions of God in Early Christianity
Language English
Module lecturer dr Pablo Irizar
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position lecturer
Faculty Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology
Semester 2021/2022 (winter)
Duration 15
USOS code 000


Module aim (aims)

This course gives a concise overview of some of the most important conceptions of God leading up to and in late antiquity and in the emerging Christian tradition. We will also discuss the implications of thinking about God in certain ways on what it means to be human, to have freedom and responsibility for choices, to live a moral life, and to practice religion.
· Understand the core ideas of antique philosophers and their impact on Christianity

· Appreciate the varied philosophical landscape of early Christian writers

· Read and discuss primary sources

· Articulate the implications of conceptions of God on views about human beings

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

· This course will prove of interest to anyone seeking to gain a better knowledge of history, philosophy, Christianity and theology. No prior knowledge is required.

· You are strongly encourage to read the material before the classes to ensure you fully engage with the material.


The Road to Damascus: Conceptions of God in Early Christianity

Week 1 The Gods of Mythology and the Birth of Philosophy

Week 2 Philo of Alexandria: The Logos and Creation

Week 3 John the Evangelist: The Word made Flesh

Week 4 Paul of Tarsus: The Scandal of an Unknown God

Week 5 Origen of Alexandria: The Power of God

Week 6 Tertullian: A Corporeal God

Week 7 Augustine of Hippo: The Self-same God

Week 8 Final Exam

Reading list

1. Gilson, Etienne. God and Philosophy. Yale University Press, 2002.

2. Kelly, John Norman Davidson. Early Christian Doctrines. A&C Black, 2000.

3. Hadot, Pierre. What is Ancient Philosophy? Harvard University Press, 2002.