PHIL 262 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
Fall 2013, Section 001
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is an introduction to philosophy, by way of religion. We will take a critical (not scripture-based) look at the idea, common to the major Western monotheistic faiths, of a single, perfect God. Does the unlikely existence of life and the precise natural order of the world around us make more sense if we posit such a being? Or does all the evil in the world count as evidence against a perfect creator? We will examine these and other arguments for and against God's existence. We will also discuss whether modern science offers a picture of the world compatible with and complimentary to religion, or if it provides an alternative and better world view that leaves the religious picture outmoded.

Course Requirements:

Midterm exam, short response paper, two longer (5+ page) essays. Readings will include 1-2 articles for every lecture.

Intended Audience:

Appropriate for students of all backgrounds, including first-year undergraduates. No previous work in philosophy or religious studies will be assumed.

Class Format:

Two hour-long lectures and two hour-long discussion sections per week.


PHIL 262 - Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 11:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM

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