Philosophy of Religion

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Religion

Course Number: 
316
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as RELI 316 and PHIL 219.) An examination of several major discussion topics in the analytic philosophy of religion: the ethics of religious belief, the “problem of religious language,” the nature of God and the problem of evil. It would seem that it is always irrational to believe that statements about matters which transcend the realm of the empirical are true, since none of these statements can be directly supported by evidence. Thus it would seem that a great deal of religious belief is irrational. Is this the case, or can religious beliefs be supported by other means? Can philosophical reflection bring clarity to such puzzling matters as God's relationship to time, or the question of how a good and all-powerful God could permit the existence of evil? Alternatively, is the entire project of evaluating religious discourse as a set of claims about transcendent realities misguided--i.e., does religious language work differently than the language we use to speak about ordinary objects?

Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor A. Dole.

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Crosslisted Section ID: 
RELI-316-01,PHIL-219-01
Schedule #: 
RELI-316-01-1213S

Course Sections

Philosophy of Religion
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Andrew Dole

adole@amherst.edu

TTH 10:00AM-11:20AM

CHAP 203