Highlighting Community: Online Course on Postmodernism and the Bible Starting Soon

ESN Writer David Parry drew our attention to a free course a colleague is offering online as a way to support Christian undergraduate and graduate students in their engagement with postmodern theory. ESN is always excited about innovative ways to connect Christian academics and build conversations, and this MOOC is an encouraging example. Read on for more details.


Ever wondered how to engage with postmodern thought as a Christian? That’s the subject of a free seven-week online course offered by Dr. Christopher Watkin starting on March 13 this year. Dr. Watkin holds a PhD in French philosophy from Cambridge University and is a senior lecturer in French Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His latest books are French Philosophy Today and Difficult Atheism (Edinburgh UP 2016, 2011). The course is designed for graduate and undergraduate students seeking to explore postmodernism in the light of Christian faith. The course description at Open Learning reads:

This course will help you see what Derrida and Foucault are really saying, and show you how you can bring their thought into conversation with the Bible. You will get an accessible introduction to the thought of two of the most influential French philosophers of recent decades, and you will learn methods for fostering meaningful engagement between philosophical ideas and biblical doctrine. The course is written primarily with Christians in mind, and everyone is welcome to join.

You can find out more at the Open Learning course webpage.

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