This course is an introduction to the philosophical study of various religiously relevant topics. These include: the analysis of arguments for and against God’s existence; conceptual problems with formulating a sensible idea of God; the plausibility of multiple deities; the relationship (if any) between God/multiple deities and morality; a comparison of faith and reason; the reliability of religious experience and testimony; the possible impacts of predestination/divine foreknowledge on free will and moral responsibility; and prudential reasons for belief in God(s), such as the desirability of an afterlife.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be familiarized with the basics of philosophical method as pointed towards various topics of importance to religion. This will allow you to be able to state, explain and evaluate some of the basic arguments for and against various theistic and atheistic claims. This will give you the knowledge and skill to allow you to critically think about and thoughtfully discuss topics in the philosophy of religion covered in class and beyond.