Stephen Webb and Mark Brouwer request a New Directions grant in order to explore the possibility of a team-taught, interdisciplinary course in theology and philosophy. The subject of the course would be the influence of the 3rd Century Platonist, Plotinus, on St. Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo. Studying and teaching the philosophy of Plotinus would be a new direction for Stephen Webb, whose work heretofore has been primarily in Christian theology. Studying and teaching Augustine would be a new direction for Mark Brouwer, whose work heretofore has been primarily in Plato. Although philosophy and theology were once effectively the same field of study, since the nineteenth century the disciplines have diverged, a divergence exemplified by the recent split of the former department of religion and philosophy at Wabash College. Stephen Webb and Mark Brouwer are longtime friends and colleagues; their regular discussions of philosophy and theology are the inspiration for collaborative research and course preparation. The grant would permit Webb and Brouwer to help each other learn the philosophical foundations of Augustinian theology as well as the theological substance of Ploninian metaphysics. The grant would also permit Webb and Brouwer to explore the prospect of taking their intellectual dialogue into the classroom in order to model collaborative inquiry to Wabash students. Teaching through dialogue—the dialogue of Plotinus and Augustine as mirrored by the dialogue of Brouwer and Webb—would take both participants' pedagogy and research in exciting new directions.