Philosophy of Religion (PHIL 134, Section 951)

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Instructor: Anya Farennikova. This course meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. in Caldwell 105.

Religion plays a central role in people’s lives, and it is therefore fundamentally important to see whether religious convictions hold up to philosophical scrutiny.  For both believers and non-believers, it is important to determine whether faith is justified.  In this course, we will examine core question in the philosophy of religion: Can faith ever be rational? Does God exist? Should one believe in God on the basis of mystical experience? Is life without God absurd? Are science and religion inherently incompatible? By the end of the course students should have an understanding of the central topics in the philosophy of religion and the various arguments surrounding them.  Students will also improve their critical reading, writing, and argumentation skills.

This section is restricted to part-time students.  Please contact the Part-Time Studies Department at the Friday Centerfor more information.

Anya Farennikova’s webpage