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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: PHIL 350
Course Title: *Philosophy of Religion
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Philosophical exploration of the classical issues of theistic religious thought, such as the reality of God, the problem of evil, religious language, life after death and the pluralism of religious traditions. Cross-listed as RELI 350. Prerequisite: PHIL 201 or RELI 101.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): PHIL 201 or RELI 101.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Occasional offering.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Any number of philosophy of religion textbooks, for example:

Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings
By Peterson, Michael, William Hasker, Bruce Reichenbach, and David Basinger (Oxford University Press)
Course Objectives
  • To understand the variety of answers that have been given to questions concerning the relationship between religion and rationality.
  • To gain an appreciation of some classic and contemporary philosophical texts.
  • To hone one’s skill in identifying and evaluating arguments.
  • To improve one’s ability to think and write clearly and critically.
  • To gain a more complete and refined understanding of one’s own intersection with religious issues.
  • To clearly see the connection between philosophical thought and life’s questions.
    Measurable Learning
  • Read classic philosophical prose for critical understanding.
  • Explain the classic issues and problems in philosophy of religion.
  • Formalize sophisticated philosophical arguments.
  • Analyze and provide criticisms of sophisticated philosophical arguments.
  • Explain the method of philosophy as applied to theistic issues.
    Topical Outline:
  • Proofs for God’s existence
  • The problem of evil
  • Faith and reason
  • Religious pluralism

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Mark Price Date: April 2, 2008
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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