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Introducing the philosophy of religion

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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.

Course learning outcomes

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.

First Published: 09/08/2012

Updated: 01/07/2019

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