Reason and Revelation: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion|
Spring 2020 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
With the dawning of modernity, Europe's colonial and scientific adventures opened a distinction of mutual suspicion between theology and philosophy. Broadly speaking, "philosophy of religion" is the effort to evaluate the claims of revelation and reason in terms of one another. 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, Romantics, and liberationists. Themes 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, "divine" racism, the gender of God, the ecocidal tendencies of Abrahamic theology, and the role theology might or might not play in efforts toward ecological, sexual, and racial justice.
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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.