|Teacher||Dr. T. Miller|
|Frequency||Every three years|
|Credits||5 ECTS||Workload||125-150 Hours|
|Applicability||This Module is essential to theological courses which engage in reasoning about God, his existence, and his sovereignty. The philosophical reflection on faith and reason, theodicy, and related topics will be of benefit in all other theological courses.
|Course structure||See module and courses|
|Contact time||35-45 Hours||Self-Study||105-125 Hours|
|Participation requirement||See access to the program|
|Content of the Module||This course undertakes a critical analysis and evaluation of reasoning about God. Topics covered include the concept of God, arguments for and against God’s existence, the relation between faith and reason, the problem of evil, religious pluralism, and other related topics.
This course introduces a contemporary philosophical reflection on the concept of God, arguments for and against God’s existence, the problem of evil, the relation between faith and reason, and related topics in the philosophy of religion.
Assigned readings and class discussions will focus on selected basic questions, such as:
a) What is religion
b) What is classical theism and is it coherent?
c) What rational arguments or grounds are there for theism and for atheism/agnosticism?
d) What is the nature of faith? Is it rational? Does it have to be?
e) Could a perfectly good God permit evil or the sort of evil that occurs?
f) If God exists, what difference might this make to human existence and to one’s own life?
g) What are some of the major obstacles to religious faith in our postmodern world?
A. General Learning Objectives
B. Specific Behavioral Objectives
|Outline||1. What is Philosophy of Religion?
2. The Relation between Faith and Reason
3. The Idea of God and God’s Existence
4. Modern/Postmodern World Views and Theistic Issues
5. The Problem of Evil
6. Life After Death
8. Science and Religion
9. Religious Pluralism