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Winterim 2018

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PHI104 - Philosophy of Religion
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Engages in dialectic among students and demonstrates the art of countering an argument with an argument. Enquires into the meaning, nature, and problems concerning the existence of God and the religious experience. Explores both evidential and non-evidential justifications for the existence of God, as well as atheistic justification for the non-existence of God.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course as documented through writing, objective testing, case studies, laboratory practice, and/or classroom discussion, the student will be able to:

1. Develop and distinguish between both a rational and sentimental approach to the questions concerning God.
2. Develop an understanding of the Philosophy of Religion and its different perspectives.
3. Analyze various arguments concerning the existence of God, the nature of God, the nature of the soul, and the problem of evil.
4. Identify at least three moral implications of the subject matter, and then synthesize these implications as expressions to those used in daily life.
5. Compare and contrast both a Western, Middle Eastern and Eastern point of view concerning the philosophy of religion.
6. Complete a 1600 word MLA-style research paper as well as a formal seven minute presentation of said paper; demonstrating your skills of developing an argument and defending your argument.*

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.




Content Outline:
1. The nature of God: All-Knowing, All-Good, All-Powerful.
2. Evidential justification of belief: Arguments from ontology, cosmology, teleology and religious experience.
3. Non-evidential justifications of belief: Non-cognitive, fideism, warranted belief, pragmatic justification.
4. The problem of evil: Deductive arguments from evil, free will defenses, theodicies, skepticism.
5. Atheism: Illusive and existentialism (Sartre, Freud and Russell).
6. Miracles.
7. The soul and life after death: Mind/body dualism, materialism, Platonic, Aristotelian.
8. Predestination and divine foreknowledge.
9. What does mean for God to have free will: Teleological suspension of the ethical, implications about God's omnipotence.
10. Human destiny: Karma, reincarnation, the five ways of Buddhism.





Effective Term: Spring 2014