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In this free course, Introducing the philosophy of religion, Timothy Chappell, Professor of Philosophy, asks what the words 'God' and 'religion' mean, and what it means to ask philosophical questions about them.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the meaning of the words ‘God’ and ‘religion’
- understand what the main questions are in philosophy of religion
- have a better sense of the differences between philosophical questions or arguments and other kinds of questions or arguments
- think about the relation between belief and evidence, faith and proof
- have a sense of the variety of arguments for or against God’s existence, and of how to categorise this variety.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- Getting straight what we mean
- Argument or blind faith?
- Collecting arguments for God’s existence
- Aquinas’s ‘Second Way’
- Keep on learning
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Introducing the philosophy of religion
In this course, you will consider the meanings of the key terms ‘God’ and ‘religion’; identify some key questions in the philosophy of religion; think about the difference between philosophical and non-philosophical questions about religion; and look at the often-discussed question of whether argument and evidence are even possible when we are thinking about religion. Then we will note the variety of possible ways of arguing for or against God’s existence; distinguish three different arguments; and describe and assess one of them in more detail.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course.
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Originally published: Friday, 5th February 2016
Last updated on: Friday, 5th February 2016
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