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PHIL 5559 Epistemology of Religious Belief (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Is it rational to believe that God exists? What can we know, or rationally believe, about God? Is it rational to have faith in the absence of evidence? Does religious belief need to be rational? In the first part of this course we will analyze the traditional arguments for the existence of God from a variety of historical texts. For the remainder of the course our focus will be on contemporary articles about the rationality of belief in God. We will discuss a variety of issues including the role of faith in a rational belief system, the plausibility of miracle reports, the legitimacy of appeals to religious experience, and the presumption of atheism.


Instructor(s): Cherie McGill

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 30-Jun-15