to be covered:
nature of religious language (Logical positivism,
Wittgensteinian Fideism, Foundationalism and non-Foundationalism,
Realism and Non-Realism)
concept of God (Classical, Process, Pantheism, and Goddess
between faith and reason
for the Existence of God
Problem of Evil and Theodicy
and goals of the course:
provides the student with an opportunity to think clearly about the
fundamentals of belief; it is a gentle introduction to logical
thinking; and it explores the primary topics in philosophy of
Outcomes of the course:
the end of the course, the student will:
explored certain questions using a philosophical approach;
and understand the complexity of belief and the range of options
able to articulate their own position on these questions.
will start with lecture input, followed by a discussion of the set
reading for that week.
(one of the following)
Anderson, A Feminist Philosophy of Religion: The Rationality and
Myths of Religious Belief (Oxford: Blackwell 1997)
Don Cupitt, Taking
Leave of God (SCM Press 2001)
Keith Ward, God:
A Guide for the Perplexed (Oxford: Oneworld 2002)
Swinburne, Is there a God? (Oxford: Oxford University Press
Ian Markham, Truth
and the Reality of God (T&T
Paper on a
topic discussed with the Professor.
exercises will evaluate the three learning outcomes.
Thinking clearly: the relationship of faith to reason
Talk about God: the classical solutions and the modern problems
three: Talk about God: truth, realism, and non-realism
Concept of God: Perfection, timelessness, and changelessness
Concept of God: Process, creativity, and Goddess theology
Omnipotence, omniscience, and freewill
seven: Existence of God: the Ontological Argument
eight: Existence of God: the Cosmological Argument
Existence of God: the Design Argument and the Moral Argument
Providence and Miracles
eleven: Theodicy and the Problem of Evil
twelve: Life after Death.
thirteen: Deciding what we think?
The challenge and the duty.
and Rowe (eds.) Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Religion
(Oxford: Oxford University Press 1999)
Third Edition. Every
week certain chapters in this book will be discussed.
paper, students will discuss a topic with the Professor and then
will use up to three of the books listed below in that paper:
Alvin Plantinga, God, chance and necessity.
and Loyal D. Rue, Contemporary classics in philosophy of Religion
Hebblethwaite, The Ocean of Truth.
Clack and Brian Clack, Philosophy
of Religion. A Critical Introduction.
Phillips, Faith After
Don Cupitt, The
Sea of Faith.
Becoming Divine. Towards a Feminist Philosophy of Religion.
J. C. A.
Gaskin, The Quest for Eternity.
J. L. Mackie,
The Miracle of Theism
John Cobb and
David Griffin, Process theology. An Introductory Exposition.
John Hick, An
Interpretation of Religion.
John Hick, Death
and Eternal Life.
John Hick, Philosophy
John Hick, Evil
and the God of Love.
Polkinghorne, Science and theology. An Introduction
Keith Ward, Holding
Fast to God.
Rational Theology and the Creativity of God
Theology and the Problem of Evil.
Wiles, God’s Action in the World.
Peterson, William Hasker, Bruce Reichenback, David Basinger, Reason
and Religious Belief.
Peter Vardy, The
Puzzle of Evil.
Peter Vardy, The
Puzzle of God
Geivett and Brendan Sweetman (eds.) Contemporary Perspectives on
On the Nature and Existence of God.
Richard Rorty, Objectivity,
Relativism, and Truth. Philosophical papers
Swinburne, Faith and Reason
Swinburne, Providence and Evil
Swinburne, The Coherence of Theism
Swinburne, The Existence of God
Sallie McFague, Models of God