Spring 2016

Philosophy of Religion

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-219  |  Religion, as RELI-316

Formerly listed as: PHIL-19  |  RELI-18


Andrew C. Dole (Section 01)


(Offered as RELI 316 and PHIL 219.) An examination of several major discussion topics in the analytic philosophy of religion: the ethics of religious belief, the “problem of religious language,” the nature of God and the problem of evil. It would seem that it is always irrational to believe that statements about matters which transcend the realm of the empirical are true, since none of these statements can be directly supported by evidence. Thus it would seem that a great deal of religious belief is irrational. Is this the case, or can religious beliefs be supported by other means? Can philosophical reflection bring clarity to such puzzling matters as God's relationship to time, or the question of how a good and all-powerful God could permit the existence of evil? Alternatively, is the entire project of evaluating religious discourse as a set of claims about transcendent realities misguided--i.e., does religious language work differently than the language we use to speak about ordinary objects?

Spring semester. Professor A. Dole.

RELI 316 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 01:00 PM - 02:20 PM CHAP 201
Th 01:00 PM - 02:20 PM CHAP 201


Other years: Offered in Spring 2009, Spring 2013, Spring 2016, Spring 2021, Spring 2023, Fall 2024