This course investigates religious concepts, belief systems and practices. By analyzing central concepts of religion—such as God, faith, revelation, salvation and the relationships between religion and science and morality and art—both believers and non-believers can achieve a more sophisticated understanding and appreciation of religions. The course considers the epistemological status of religious language (e.g., propositions that refer to God). The class addresses such topics as the phenomenology of religious experience, faith and reason, arguments for God’s existence, the problem of evil, religious language, life and the after-life, and the conflicting claims of different religions. Special attention is given to the dialogue between science and religion today.
Prerequisites:Completion of first year writing requirements. Co-requisites: None. Notes: Satisfies a HuSS elective.