The course offers an introduction to Western Philosophy of Religion and, more specifically, to philosophical issues concerning the God of classical theism (in which Jews, Christians and Muslims believe). In this course we will think about, discuss and debate over central questions concerning the following issues:
- The theistic concept of God and the attributes traditionally ascribed to God (e.g. omnipotence, omniscience, eternality) and whether the theistic concept of God is coherent or not.
- The evidence for the existence of God: Are there any successful arguments for or against the existence of God?
- The nature of religious faith and its relation to reason, and whether it might be rational to believe in God without evidence.
We will think about and discuss these core issues in Western philosophy of religion by looking at a number of important philosophical texts, views and arguments addressing them. The course will develop the ability to interpret and engage with philosophical literature, to analyse and critically evaluate philosophical arguments and to argue philosophically to support one’s own views.