Philosophy of religion

Level 5 - DT2145

The Level 4 course Religion, Meaning and Value includes a brief introduction to the philosophy of religion. This Level 5 course provides an opportunity to study the philosophy of religion in greater depth, focusing on what we can reasonably say about the nature of the divine and whether there are sound arguments for the existence, or non-existence, of the divine.

Topics covered

  • The nature of divine power
  • The nature of divine wisdom
  • Divine action: miracles and petitionary prayer
  • Cosmological arguments for the existence of the divine
  • Design arguments for the existence of the divine
  • Ontological arguments for the existence of the divine
  • The problem of evil
  • The problem of religious diversity
  • Life, death and hope


A two thousand word essay (40%) and a 1.5-hour seen written examination (60%).

Tutor in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Dr Sarah Pawlett Jackson: Divinity tutor

Dr Sarah Pawlett Jackson

Sarah Pawlett Jackson completed her PhD in Philosophy in January 2020. Her research interests are in intersubjectivity, social cognition, phenomenology, ethics and philosophy of religion. Her doctoral research focused on intersubjectivity beyond the self-other dyad. She has lectured and tutored at a number of Higher Education Institutions, including Heythrop College, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and the University of Roehampton. She is currently a Tutor at St Mellitus College.