Reason and Revelation: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion|
Spring 2019 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
Throughout the medieval period in Europe, philosophy and theology were thought to be compatible, if not completely coextensive. With the dawning of modernity, however, a distinction of mutual suspicion began to emerge between the secular and sacred disciplines. Broadly speaking, "philosophy of religion" is the effort to evaluate the claims of revelation and reason in terms of one another, revealing either consonance or dissonance between the two. We will examine some of the major texts within this field, whose authors include deep skeptics, committed Christians, committed anti-Christians, secular and nonsecular Jews, feminists, ethicists, idealists, empiricists, and Romantics. Themes to be explored include proofs of God's existence--along with refutations of those proofs and rebuttals to those refutations--the problem of evil, religious ethics, religious experience, the possibility of a universal religion, and the relationships between monotheism, race, ecology, and gender.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Phil Ethic)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Selections from Anselm of Canterbury, PROSLOGIUM
Selections from Thomas Aquinas, SUMMA THEOLOGICA
Descartes, Rene, MEDITATIONS
Spinoza, Baruch, THEOLOGICAL-POLITICAL TREATISE
Kant, Immanuel, RELIGION WITHIN THE LIMITS OF REASON ALONE
Schleiermacher, Friedrich, ON RELIGION
Kierkegaard, Soren, FEAR AND TREMBLING
Nietzsche, Friedrich, ON THE GENEALOGY OF MORALS
Irigaray, Luce, SEXES AND GENEALOGIES
Derrida, Jacques, THE GIFT OF DEATH
Plato, REPUBLIC, BOOK VII
W.E.B. DuBois, THE COMING OF JOHN
Jantzen, Grace, BECOMING DIVINE: TOWARD A FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
Jones, William R., IS GOD A WHITE RACIST?
|Examination and Assignments: |
Full attendance and participation, several short response papers, and three critical papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Method & Theory" OR "Historical Traditions" requirement for Religion majors.