“Philosophy is the handmaiden of theology.” An understanding of the methodology of philosophy in general is an invaluable aid to the study of all other disciplines, especially theology, exegesis and engagement in apologetic discourse. An understanding of ancient and early medieval theology is an invaluable foundation for understanding the first Christians, the Church Fathers and their intellectual world. This course unit provides an introduction to philosophy for students, by considering its origins in Greek philosophy and its encounter with Christian thought during the early Middle Ages. Students will also be introduced to the nature of philosophical inquiry, to several key texts and to methods of argumentation.  They will gain a sense of the history of ideas.