EL 264 - Philosophy of Religion

Module Level

8 ( Undergraduate)

Time Allowance

Lectures: 12 hours


Assessment: Essay 100%

Module Aims

To use the resources of philosophy in order to think in a cogent and   meaningful way about religion.  

Indicative Syllabus:

What do we mean by ‘God’?

Is religious faith reasonable?

Cosmological Arguments for the existence of God

Teleological arguments for the existence of God

Ontological arguments for the existence of God

Experiential arguments for the existence of God

Modes of discourse about God

What does it mean to say that God is ‘all-powerful’ and ‘all-knowing’

The Problem of Evil

Do miracles exist?

The argument from morality to God

Is there life after death?

19th century challenges to theism: Feuerbach, Marx, and Freud

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify some of the main issues in the Philosophy of Religion
  • Critically evaluate major arguments in this discipline
  • Develop and defend one’s own position.