Philosophy 350

PHIL 350: Philosophy of Religion

Prerequisite: Three hours of philosophy or religious studies

Credit Hours: (3)

This course examines major approaches to the philosophical understanding of religion. It investigates a number of specific issues within contemporary philosophy of religion such as those of religious "truth," "faith," and "experience."


Detailed Description of the Content of the Course

This course involves investigation of the traditional ways of thinking about religion. Great philosophers have called into question many of those traditional techniques and have provided exciting and provocative insights into the phenomenon of religion. Some of this investigation has become essential because of a new awareness of the insights of the Eastern religions as well as insights from Western theologians who have become concerned with rethinking traditional positions of Judaism and Christianity. The major emphasis in the course will deal with (1) Religious Knowledge, (2) Religious Faith and (3) Religious Experience.


Detailed Descritpion of the Conduct of the Course

This course will follow the discussion/lecture format. The various issues will be raised by discussion of the reading assignments, by encouraging "new" religious thoughts, and by having each student lead class discussion of a reading assignment. A philosophical journal dealing with personal reflections and thoughts may be assigned as part of the writing requirement of the course.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students should:

1. Become familiar with a critical examination of religious thought from a philosophical perspective.
2. Develop new insights into the problems of religion in the present age.
3. Be able to offer some conclusions concerning the question, "What is religion?"


Assessment Measures

Assessment of the student's progress may be based on mid-term tests, a final examination, class presentations, and participation in class discussions.


Other Course Information

This course is a core requirement for majors with a concentration in religious studies and may count as a department elective for majors with a philosophy concentration.


Approval and Subsequent Reviews

July 1991 Revised to include course goals. Charles D. Taylor
May 1994 Course information clarified Kim J. Kipling
May 1995 Catalog entry revised. Kim J. Kipling
January 27, 1997 Number change, Prerequisite change Approved by VPAA
April 17, 1998 Reviewed Kim Kipling
September 18, 2001 Reviewed Kim Kipling