Dr. Nordenhaug: T/Th 12:30-1:45

Philosophy of Religion

The goal of this course is to explore the nature of religion from a rational philosophical perspective using some of the most important reflections on religion in the Western tradition, like William James’ The Varieties of Religious Experiences. The rational exploration of religion itself raises the issue of the relation between reason and faith, and the potential limitations of reason as expressed in paradoxes regarding omnipotence, divine foreknowledge, the problem of evil, and freewill. Other topics to be discussed include: the validity and nature of religious belief, the status of religious experience and religious language (i.e. is language about God intended literally, symbolically, or in some other way?), religion’s relation to truth and morality, as well as the different types of arguments for God’s existence.