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Philosophy of religion

DT1004

This module offers a study of the main problems in the philosophy of religion.

Topics covered

  • The proofs of God’s existence
  • The justification of religious belief
  • Religious diversity
  • The divine attributes
  • Miracle
  • Prayer
  • Eternal life
  • The problem of evil

Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • Define philosophical terms which are central to the study of Philosophy of Religion;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different models of God, and of the implications of these for our understanding of God's interaction with the world
  • Explain the key arguments concerning selected themes
  • Select and organise material from a limited range of primary and secondary sources
  • Identify and focus on key issues within each topic studied
  • Conduct a critical analysis of key philosophical arguments
  • Construct a sustained argument
  • Represent the views of others with fairness and integrity
  • Show a developing ability to assimilate and evaluate competing arguments
  • Show open-mindedness and make sound judgements
  • Produce clear, well-structured written work
  • Write fluently, with minimal grammatical and typographical errors
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning of philosophical terms which are central to the study of Philosophy of Religion
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding different models of God, and of the implications of these for our understanding of God's interaction with the world
  • Explain the key arguments concerning selected themes with greater attention to detail than students studying the course at Level 4
  • Select and organise material from a range of primary and secondary sources, including resources selected from the lists of further reading
  • Identify and focus in detail on key issues within each topic studied
  • Conduct a detailed critical analysis of key philosophical arguments
  • Construct a sustained argument, drawing on material from secondary sources and his/her own analysis
  • Represent the views of others with fairness and integrity
  • Show an ability to assimilate and evaluate competing arguments
  • Show open-mindedness and make sound judgements
  • Produce clear, well-structured written work
  • Write fluently, with minimal grammatical and typographical errors

Assessment

Three-hour examination

Indicative reading list

  • Clack, Beverley and Clack, Brian R. The Philosophy of Religion: a Critical Introduction. (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2008) [ISBN 978-0-7456-3868-3].
  • Davies, Brian An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004) [ISBN 0-19-926347-7].
  • Meister, Chad Introducing Philosophy of Religion. (Abingdon: Routledge, 2009) [ISBN 0-415-40327-8].     
  • Peterson, Michael L. God and Evil: an Introduction to the Issues. (Boulder, Colorado; Oxford: Westview Press, 1998) [ISBN 0-813-32849-7].
  • Peterson, Michael; Hasker, William; Reichenbach, Bruce and Basinger, David. Reason and Religious Belief: an Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003) [ISBN 0-19-515695-1].
  • Zagzebski, Linda Trinkaus Philosophy of Religion: An Historical Introduction. (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007) [ISBN 978-1-4051-1872-9].
  • Adams, Marilyn McCord and Adams, Robert Merrihew (eds) The Problem of Evil. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990) [ISBN 0-198-24866-0]. Davies, Brian (ed.) Philosophy of Religion: a Guide and Anthology. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000) [ISBN 0-198-75194-X].
  • Eshleman, Andrew (ed.) Readings in Philosophy of Religion: East Meets West. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2008) [ISBN 978-1-4051-4717-0].
  • Frank, Daniel H., Leaman, Oliver, and Manekin, Charles H. (eds) The Jewish Philosophy Reader (London: Routledge, 2000) [ISBN 0-415-16860-0].
  • Meister, Chad (ed.) The Philosophy of Religion Reader. (Abingdon: Routledge, 2008) [ISBN 978-0-414-40891-2].
  • Peterson, Michael; Hasker, William; Reichenbach, Bruce and Basinger, David (eds) Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007) [ISBN 0-19-518829-2].
  • Stump, Eleonore, and Murray, Michael J. (eds) Philosophy of Religion: the Big Questions. (Oxford: Blackwell, 1999) [ISBN 0-631-20604-3].
  • Taliaferro, Charles and Griffiths, Paul (eds) Philosophy of Religion: An Anthology. (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003) [ISBN 0-631-21471-2].