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Course Description

In this course we will systematically explore religious claims. The issues to be investigated include: Does God exist? What is God's nature? Can the existence of God be reconciled with human suffering? Can faith and reason be reconciled? Can conflicting religions simultaneously be true? Other topics include: the afterlife, religious experience, miracles, freedom and divine foreknowledge, and the relationship of religion and science. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain and evaluate the traditional arguments for and against the existence of God, including the problem of evil.
  • Explain the major concepts in philosophy of religion, including God, omnipotence, omniscience, faith, evil, miracles, the afterlife, religious pluralism, free will, and divine foreknowledge.
  • Compare and relate faith and religious experience with reason and science.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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