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Philosophy of Religion
PHIL RELIGION
CLASS CODE: PHIL 315 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: LANGUAGE & LETTERS
DEPARTMENT: HUMANITIES & PHILOSOPHY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Letters requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Introduction to reasoning on philosophical issues regarding the existence and nature of god, religious experience, faith, religious knowledge, and the religious life.
TAUGHT: Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: 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.

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.
GOALS AND 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: Reading Assignments
Essay Exams
Writing Assignments
Scholarly Paper
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002