Philosophy 20801: Philosophy of religion
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Date Topic Reading  
Monday, June 16 Introduction to the course and some key logical notions none
Arguments for and against the existence of God
Wednesday, June 18 The cosmological argument Cahn, pp. 59-71  
Friday, June 20 The design argument

Cahn, pp. 74-77
Darwin, "Organs of extreme perfection and complication"
Rees, Just Six Numbers (excerpt)

Monday, June 23 The problem of evil Mackie, "Evil and omnipotence"
Cahn, pp. 109-119
Wednesday, June 25 Evil, free will, and foreknowledge Cahn, pp. 11-13
Edwards, Freedom of the Will
Friday, June 27 Exam #1
The rationality of religious belief
Monday, June 30 Pascal's wager Cahn, pp, 191-195  
Wednesday, July 2 Miracles Cahn, pp. 151-157
Lewis, Mere Christianity (excerpt)
Monday, July 7 [class canceled]  
Wednesday, July 9 Belief without evidence? Cahn, pp. 218-230  
Friday, July 11 The challenge of religious disagreement Cahn, pp. 304-310
Christensen, "Disagreement as evidence"
Monday, July 14 Exam #2
Problems in philosophical theology
Wednesday, July 16 Omnipotence, omniscience, omnibenevolence, eternity Cahn, pp. 8-10
Aquinas, "That God cannot will evil" (Summa Contra Gentiles §95)
Friday, July 18 Original sin & the Atonement Lewis, "Do we believe in penal substitution?"
Monday, July 21 Life after death Hume, "Of the immortality of the soul"
Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles Chs. 79-81
Cahn, pp. 257-259
Wednesday, July 23 Heaven and hell Sider, "Hell and vagueness"  
Friday, July 25 Exam #3