Search results - Introduction to Philosophy of Religion
|Type||Day and Weekend|
Berks RG14 7TD
|Dates||Sat 27 Apr to Sat 18 May 2013|
Time of meeting: 9.45am - 3.45pm
Number of meetings: 2
|Application status||Course ended|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email email@example.com or telephone Newbury College Tel: 01635 845000.|
OverviewPhilosophy of religion seeks to rationally examine the ideas which are central to religious faith and practice. It examines, from a neutral standpoint, arguments for and against Godís existence, and helps students develop a deeper, more complex, understanding of God and religion.
PLEASE NOTE: THE VENUE FOR THIS COURSE IS NEWBURY COLLEGE, MONKS LANE, NEWBURY
DescriptionPhilosophy 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 for and against Godís existence, and investigate 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; the argument from design; Pascalís Wager; the relationship between morality and religion; and the nature and significance of tradition, ritual, symbol, mystery and wonder.
This course will appeal to all those who enjoy reasoning and discussion, and who wish to go beyond the shallow, simplistic sound-bites that characterise media discussions of religion.
Programme detailsTo be held at: Newbury College, Monks Lane, Newbury, RG14 7TD SATURDAY 27 APRIL 2013
9.45am Introduction to philosophical method.
Does the evil in the universe indicate that God did not create the universe?
11.10am Does the evil in the world indicate that God cannot intervene in the physical universe or affect people’s thoughts and decisions?
1.30pm Do science and evolution indicate that there is no God? To what extent can (and should) religion and religious faith be modified in response to scientific and philosophical progress?
2.40pm Why is there something rather than nothing?
3.45pm Course disperses
SATURDAY 18 MAY 2013
9.45am The argument from design. Can science explain freedom, consciousness, goodness, beauty and love? Is God an explanation for things which cannot be explained scientifically?
11.10am What is the relationship between morality, God and religion? Should you see the world, and people, as good? Why? Does what you do matter absolutely? Why?
1.20pm Pascal’s Wager: Should you bet on it? ‘The Inquirer’s Wager’: The importance of seeking out valuable new experience. What is ‘religious experience’?
2.45pm Tradition, Ritual, Symbol, Mystery, Wonder and the Absolute. Is religion a way of engaging with things which go beyond science, ethics and reason?
3.45pm Course disperses
No lunch is provided, but there is a shop on site where you can buy food and refreshments or bring your own.
There is also a large car park on site where you may park all day for no charge.
Mr Daniel Dennis
Recommended readingBACKGROUND READING
Tim Mawson, Belief in God, OUP 2005
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 for both days: £110.00
Apply for this course
Please enrol directly with Newbury College, Monks Lane, Newbury, Berks RG14 7TD; Tel: 01635 845555 / 01635 845000 for an application form or enrol online at www.newbury-college.ac.ukusing this course code: 97847 - please type this code into the search our courses box or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org No lunch is provided, but there is a shop on site where you can buy food and refreshments or bring your own. There is also a large car park on site where you may park all day for no charge.
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