Phil 3454: Philosophy of Religion

Fall 2017: Torgersen Hall 1040
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:25-2:15pmmoon

Instructor: Ted Parent
Email: parentt@vt.edu
Cell: (919) 260-4897
Office: Maj. Williams Hall 221
Office Hours: TBA

Syllabus

Readings (* indicates optional reading):

   L. Pojman & M. Rea (Eds.), The Philosophy of Religion, 5th edition.
   Handout on pessimism about arguments
   Packet of primary sources for Week 1

   D.T. Suzuki, "Ch. 4: Illogical Zen" from Introduction to Zen Buddhism
   *B. Sheiman, An Atheist Defends Religion
  
*Selections from Sutta Pitaka

   *J.D. Salinger, "Teddy"
   Wittgenstein, "Lecture on Religious Belief"

   Michael Martin, "Critique of Fideism"
   *Dougherty & Tweedt, "Religious Epistemology"
   *Monton, "God, Fine-Tuning, and the Problem of Old Evidence"
   John Worrall, "Science Discredits Religion"
  
*Christine Overall, "Miracles are Evidence Against the Existence of God"
   *Chief Si'ahl, Speech of 1854
   *Norland,
"Congo: More Vicious than Rape"
   *T. Mulgan, "What if God is Just Not That Into You?"
   *Marylin McCord Adams, "Horrendous Evil and the Goodness of God"
   *Handout on karma and rebirth

   Kushner, "Ch. 8: What Good is Religion? (excerpts)" from When Bad Things Happen to Good People

   *Sharon Street, "If Everything Happens for a Reason, then We Don't Know What Reasons Are"
   Janine Marie Idziak, "Divine Commands are the Foundation of Morality"

   *Interview with Owen Flanagan (excerpts)
   Sartre, "Ethics without Religion"

   *Ruth Chang's TED talk on "Hard Choices"
   Lois Hope Walker, "Religion gives Meaning to Life"
  
*Kahane, "If There is a Hole, It is Not God-Shaped"
   Nietzsche, selections from R. Solomon (Ed.),
Existentialism.
   Handout with additional selections from Nietzsche

Resources:

    HERE is a Handout on the Design Argument.
    Handout on writing philosophy
    List of argument fallacies


Assignments:
 
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Updated: 20 August 2017