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COURSE TITLE: Philosophy of Religion
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Henry Schuurman
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An inquiry into selected philosophical issues concerning religion such as the presuppositions underlying various accounts of the origin of religion, the relationships among faith, reason and revelation, the possibility of giving a rational defense of religious belief, and such topics as the problem of evil, immorality and the supernatural.

Same as THEO 391.

Prerequisites: PHIL 230
  • F. Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov (Norton Critical Edition)
  • The book of Job
  • Several xeroxed handouts
Reading Reviews45%
Final Exam35%
COURSE OUTLINE: I.  The book of Job and the problem of evil: Jan.5-24.
II. Theodicy and the problem of evil: Jan.26-Feb.7.
           Test: Feb.12
III. Brothers Karamazov: Narrative and the problem of evil: Feb.14-Apr.12.
A.    Part 1(Bks.1-3, pp.2-146): Feb.14-Mar.1.
             Reading Review on Bk.2 due Feb.28.
             Reading Review on Bk.3 due Mar.1.
B.    Part 2(Bks. 4-6, pp.148-303): Mar.6-20.
             Reading Review on Bk.4 due Mar.6.
C.    Part 3(Bks.7-9), pp.306-483): Mar.22-27.
              Reading Review on Bk.9 due Mar.27.
D.    Part 4(Bks.10-12; Epilogue, pp.486-735): Mar.29-Apr.12.
              Reading Review on Bk.11 due Apr.3.
              Reading Review on Epilogue due Apr.12.

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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