Search results - Can it be shown that God does not exist?
|Type||Day and Weekend|
|Address||Stokenchurch Adult Learning Centre|
Bartholomew Tipping Way
Bucks HP14 3RX
|Dates||Sat 15 Jun 2013|
|Application status||Course ended|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email email@example.com or telephone 0845 0454040.|
OverviewPhilosophy of religion seeks to rationally examine the ideas which are central to religious faith and practice. On this course we will examine, from a neutral standpoint, arguments against Godís existence, along with theistsí defences against those arguments. Along the way we will explore concepts and ideas which enable students to develop a deeper, more complex, understanding of God and religion.
Topics examined include: whether the evil in the world shows that God does not exist; the relationship between science, evolution and religion; why there is something rather than nothing; psychological and sociological explanations for religious belief; and the nature and significance of religious tradition, ritual, symbol, mystery and wonder.
This course will appeal to all those who enjoy reasoning and discussion, are willing to question their preconceptions and learn new ideas, and wish to go beyond the shallow, simplistic sound-bites that characterise most media discussions of religion.
Programme detailsTo be held at: Stokenchurch Adult Learning Centre, Bartholomew Tipping Way, Stokenchurch, Bucks HP14 3RX
SATURDAY 15 JUNE 2013
10.00am Introduction Does the evil in the universe show that there does not exist a God who created the universe?
11.10am Coffee/tea (from drinks machine – please bring change with you)
11.20am Does the evil in the universe show that there does not exist a God who intervenes in the physical universe and affects people’s thoughts and decisions?
12.40pm Lunch (Please bring you own packed lunch, as there is nothing available on site)
1.40pm Does science (especially evolution) show talk of God has no explanatory role to play? Or are there things which science cannot explain – such as freedom, consciousness, beauty, love, goodness, ‘religious experience’ and why there is something rather than nothing’?
2.50pm Tea/coffee (from drinks machine – please bring change with you)
3.00pm Can sociology and psychology explain why people hold religious beliefs? Could talk of God play a role other than description or explanation? For example, are religious tradition, ritual, symbol, prayer/meditation, mystery and wonder ways of dealing with that which cannot be talked about or cannot be talked about non-metaphorically?
4.00pm Course disperses
No lunch is provided, so please bring your own packed lunch with you. Hot drinks are available from machines at break times, so if you wish to have one, please make sure you have some change with you. Cold water machines are available to use free of charge.
Facilities available at Stokenchurch Adult Learning Centre Disabled access, Wheel chair access, Disabled toilet, Chair lift, Hearing loop, Adaptive technology in room, Lift available Free parking on site, or near by Disabled parking
Mr Daniel Dennis
Recommended readingBackground Reading
Karen Armstrong, The Case for God: What religion really means (Vintage, 2010)
Yujin Nagasawa, The Existence of God: A Philosophical Introduction(Routledge 2011)
David OíConnor, God, Evil and Design, (Blackwell 2008)
Browse relevant topics on:
The Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy: http://www.iep.utm.edu/
The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy: http://www.seop.leeds.ac.uk/contents.html
- Programme Fee
- Tuition: £55.00
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Course being held at: Stokenchurch Adult Learning Centre, Bartholomew Tipping Way, Stokenchurch, Bucks HP14 3RX Map of venue can be found at http://www.adultlearningbcc.ac.uk/cent/centres.aspx?name=Stokenchurch&loc=S#MapBottom Please enrol directly with Bucks County Council: Online at http://www.adultlearningbcc.ac.uk/ by entering the course code: P6HU21N Telephone: 08450 454040 By Post: Cheques payable to: Buckscc Please send your completed enrolment/application form to: Data Centre, Evreham Adult Learning Centre, Swallow Street, Iver, Bucks SLO 0HS No lunch is provided, so please bring your own packed lunch with you. Drinks are available from machines at break times, so please make sure you have some change with you. Facilities available at Stokenchurch Adult Learning Centre Disabled access, Wheel chair access, Disabled toilet, Chair lift, Hearing loop, Adaptive technology in room, Lift available Free parking on site, or near by Disabled parking
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