|Philosophy of Religion|
|CLASS CODE:||PHIL 315||CREDITS: 3|
|DIVISION:||LANGUAGE & LETTERS|
|DEPARTMENT:||HUMANITIES & PHILOSOPHY|
|GENERAL EDUCATION:||This course fulfills a General Education - Letters requirement.|
|CATALOG DESCRIPTION:||Introduction to reasoning on philosophical issues regarding the existence and nature of god, religious experience, faith, religious knowledge, and the religious life.|
|DESCRIPTION:||While the core principles of religion are typically based upon revealed scripture and belief in those principles is often a matter of faith, the philosophy of religion, as a branch of philosophy, attempts to discover what, if anything, reason may contribute to religious belief and the religious life.
|TOPICS:||May include any or all of the following: the meaning of religion and the religious life, proofs for the existence of God, the problem of evil, the meaning and nature of faith, the relevance of reason to faith, Godís foreknowledge and human freedom, religious experience, immortality, revelation, religion and science, religion and the state, and the philosophical foundations and implications of Mormon theology.
|OBJECTIVES:||This course is intended to introduce students to philosophical issues involved in the religious life and religious belief. Students will explore and evaluate various responses to those issues and learn to articulate and rationally defend their own responses. Through readings, papers, and discussions, students will begin to grasp the philosophically rich implications and undercurrents of their own religious beliefs.|
|REQUIREMENTS:||Textbook reading assignments, including readings in primary philosophical texts
Exams and quizzes
Writing assignments, possibly including a scholarly term paper
|EFFECTIVE DATE:||August 2002|