Philosophy of Religion : The Great Courses: Medieval & Religious Philosophy

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor James Hall
  • Series: The Great Courses: Medieval & Religious Philosophy
  • 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

These 36 intellectually challenging yet remarkably clear lectures take you on an intellectual journey to explore the questions of divine existence, not from the standpoint of theology, but as an issue of epistemology, the classic branch of philosophy that concerns itself with knowledge theory: how we can know things and how we can know we know them.
If you enjoy wrapping your mind around questions for which every potential answer triggers a new set of questions and issues, you will find this course particularly enjoyable, regardless of whether you define yourself as a believer, an atheist, or an agnostic. Professor Hall lays out many of the fundamental questions and issues related to the philosophy of religion: What do we mean by "God"? Consider the many characteristics of a monotheistic deity - including omnipotence, omniscience, omniperfection, and asceity.
Can we know if there is a God? Examine the ontological, cosmological, and teleological arguments for the existence of God and the problem of evil. Weigh the arguments and counterarguments for whether the existence of evil - sometimes natural and sometimes human - is compatible with the existence of a god.
You won't be surprised to discover that the issue of divine existence remains undecided after the arguments for and against have been put on the table and analyzed. This provocative course will hold the attention of believers, skeptics, and agnostics alike. While your mind may not be changed, it will definitely be put to work.

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A Study on the Philosophy of Religion

This is a unique piece of work: A work that analyses religion on its own terms, using philosophy to explain the strengths and weaknesses of each general argument without trying to spoon feed you what to accept and what to reject. Listen, think and make your own conclusion.
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- Deep Reader

Exceptional

Professor Hall' has created a series that gently and steadily equips the student to critically assess not only arguments in favour or against the existence of God, but also to challenge their own personal faith with the tools of philosophical analysis. He shows how faith is a choice one can make rationally.
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- Michelle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses