Subject details

 At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. acquire an understanding of basic religious concepts at an intermediate level
  2. acquire knowledge of the history of the philosophy of religion at an intermediate level
  3. articulate clearly and coherently philosophical arguments about the meaning of religion and religious concepts in written form
  4. analyse and critically evaluate philosophical arguments
  5. manage study projects effectively.
  • Topics
    • Introduction
    • Part 1: Classical problems in Philosophy of Religion
    • Part 2: Understanding and explaining a secular world
    • Part 3: Contemporary social issues of religion
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

Entry Requirements


Some level 1 study must be completed before attempting this subject

Special requirements

No special requirements

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.

  • Assignment 1 - Essay (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Participation (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Project Management (15%)
  • Assignment 4 - Quizzes (25%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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