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Philosophy of Religion

Course Number: PHL 204
Transcript Title: Philosophy of Religion
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit


WR 115, RD 115, MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Examines the existence and attributes of God, faith, reason and mysticism, religion and science, religion and morality, religious language and life after death from the perspective of the philosopher. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  1. Recognize and reflect on the philosophical concerns that are raised by classical and contemporary philosophical discussions in order to critically assess the truth and validity of arguments found in some of the following issues: proofs of God’s existence, the case for atheism, the relation between faith and reason, the relation between science and religion, the relation between morality and religion, the problem of evil, the miraculous, religious experience, God’s attributes, the existence of the soul and life after death.
  2. Reflect on and evaluate the philosophical assumptions that are embedded in one’s own ideas about religious issues and those that permeate our culture in order to effectively communicate with others that might have divergent points of view.
  3. Recognize and reflect on the interconnectedness and the historical development of ideas regarding religious issues in order to be conscious of the historical context of religious ideas and their significance in our culture and the culture of others.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Grades will be based on essay examinations and other written material. 
Any other requirements will be discussed the first week of classes.

Course Activities and Design

The course will involve lecture and discussion.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Department Notes

This course involves a great deal of difficult reading. Thus, the student must be able to follow complex articles and to write fluently. This is primarily a readings course and will concentrate on the writings of major figures in this history of philosophy - from early Greek philosophers to contemporary writers.