Philosophy of Religion
Begin an open-minded exploration of religion and philosophy. Sift through key philosophical arguments. Ask if faith offers a road for moral and spiritual fulfilment that the non-religious can't travel. Look at science and religion's relationship.
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- 24 Feb 2020
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
explain key concepts and arguments in the philosophy of religion.
critically evaluate key concepts and arguments in the philosophy of religion.
apply philosophical concepts and arguments to key contemporary social issues of religion.
use philosophical concepts and arguments to develop independent thinking about key contemporary social issues of religion.
- Part 1: Classical problems in Philosophy of Religion
- Part 2: Understanding Secularism
- Part 3: Contemporary social issues of religion
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online Quizzes/Tests
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Standard Media
- Web links
- Resources and Links
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
Some level 1 study must be completed before attempting this subject
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
Religion has been an important feature of human life throughout history and it continues to shape human affairs across the planet today. All religions posit the existence of some divine force, and the major monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam - take this divinity to be a single all-powerful God. But what kind of justification can be given for belief in the existence of God, so conceived? Does science support or undermine belief in God? Or have science and religion got nothing to do with each other? Can religious belief be justified on practical grounds? Might religion provide a basis for morality and spiritual fulfilment that secular or non-religious people lack? Or are there secular sources of meaning available in the modern world that could make religion redundant? Is there a link between religion and violence? Should religion be viewed as an antidote to violent conflict or a cause of it? What place should there be for religion in the political sphere? The subject does not presuppose any religious commitment or particular religious perspective, just a willingness to explore these questions, and others like them, in an open-minded and rigorous way.
- Essay (35%)
- Plan (15%)
- Quizzes (30%)
- Participation (20%)
Textbooks are not required.
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