PHIL 2250:
Philosophy of Religion

Student Materials

1. Course Introduction

THE EXISTENCE OF GOD

2. Selections from the Proslogion by Anselm of Canterbury (PDF)

3. Selections from the Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas (PDF)

4. Selections from Natural Theology by William Paley (PDF)

5. “The Ethics of Belief” by William K. Clifford (PDF) and “The Will to Believe” by William James (PDF)

THE PROBLEM OF EVIL

6. “Evil and Omnipotence” by J.L. Mackie (PDF)

7. Selections from Theodicy by G.W. Leibniz (PDF) and “The Lisbon Earthquake” by Voltaire (PDF)

8. “The Free Will Defense” by Alvin Plantiga (PDF)

9. “Divine Racism: A Philosophical and Theological Analysis” by William R. Jones (PDF)

10. “A Critique of Christian Masochism” by Dorothee Soelle (PDF)

RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE

11. The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James, pp. 19-52 (Amazon)

12. The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James, pp. 53-116 (Amazon)

13. The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James, pp. 117-160 (Amazon)

14. “The Argument from Religious Experience” by Michael Martin (PDF)

RELIGIOUS EXISTENTIALISM

15. “What Is Religion?” by Keiji Nishitani (PDF)

16. Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard, pp. 41-82 (Amazon)

17. Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard, pp. 83-108 (Amazon)

18. Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard, pp. 109-147 (Amazon)

19. Selections from I and Thou by Martin Buber (PDF)

RELIGION, ETHICS, AND MORALITY

20. Euthyphro by Plato (PDF)

21. “A Modified Divine Command Theory of Ethical Wrongness” by Robert Merrihew Adams (PDF)

22. “Morality and the Will of God” by Kai Neilsen (PDF)

CRITICIZING RELIGION

23. Selections from The Antichrist by Friedrich Nietzsche (PDF)

24. The Future of an Illusion by Sigmund Freud, pp. 5-37 (Amazon)

25. The Future of an Illusion by Sigmund Freud, pp. 38-71 (Amazon)

26. “After the Death of God the Father” by Mary Daly (PDF)

TO BE DETERMINED*

27. TBD

28. TBD

* Students, with my guidance, will determine the readings for these days.

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