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Course Description

Philosophy - PHIL 265

Philosophy of Religion

3 Credit Hours
3 Lecture Hours

Course Description

This course introduces students to the philosophical examination of religion and religious belief. Topics that may be covered include: the nature and existence of God, free will, the problem of evil, the relationship between science and religion, atheism, agnosticism, miracles, mysticism and immortality. Common arguments for the existence of God, such as ontological and cosmological arguments, may be explored, as well as Pascal’s Wager.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • None.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Characterize the nature of religious belief.
  • Identify the core characteristics of God.
  • Explain the difference between faith and reason.
  • Construct the main arguments for the existence of God.
  • Criticize the arguments for the existence of God.
  • Investigate the nature of miracles.
  • Investigate the nature of mysticism.
  • Explain atheism and agnosticism.
  • Examine the problem of evil and free will.
  • Characterize different types of immortality.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleLocationCredit HoursInstructorsSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusFeeDays-Time-Room

Winter; 2023; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/09/2023

 265111910Phil of ReligionMC3Huston M25/28/0Open$12.00W  09:00 AM-11:52 AM LA425

Key: Day of the Week

  • T = Tuesday
  • R = Thursday
  • S = Saturday
  • X = Sunday