PHIL 240: Philosophy of Religion

Class Program
Degree Code
Humanities Lecture
Credits 5 Lecture Hours 55
Philosophy of religion is an attempt to think critically and rationally about religious issues. This course will use classic and contemporary texts to explore several interesting issues such as the problem of evil: if God is all knowing, all powerful, and all good, then why do the innocent suffer? Many philosophers have tried to answer that question and more.
Institutional Outcomes
IO1 Communication: Students will be able to communicate clearly and effectively.
Course Content Outline
  1. A major philosophical movement of the ancient world.
  2. A major philosophical movement of the modern world (Descartes to Nietzsche)
  3. Important historical issues in the philosophy of religion such as
    1. St. Anselm’s Ontological Proof
    2. St. Thomas Aquinas’ Five Ways
    3. The Euthyphro Dilemma
    4. The problem of evil
    5. Theodicy
    6. Hermeneutics
    7. Existentialism
    8. Pascal’s Wager
  4. Important contemporary issues in the philosophy of religion such as
    1. Liberation Theology
    2. Feminist Theology
    3. Religious pluralism
    4. Contemporary apologetics
Department Guidelines

A writing component and a minimum of two exams over the material is required. Other grading instruments will be based on a number of different assessment tools selected by the instructor and designed to meet the needs of the coursework. This may include short essays, quizzes, in-class discussion, attendance, research paper on a major philosopher, philosophical issue or movement, etc.

PO5 should be assessed: Students will be able to solve problems by gathering, interpreting, combining and/or applying information from multiple sources.