Philosophy of Religion (Part 3)
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Philosophy of Religion (Great Courses #4680)

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The central questions of this course are:
- Can humans know whether the claim "God exists" is true or not?
- If so, how?
- If not, why not?

Are these first three questions actually useful?
These questions have perplexed us since the first moment we were capable of asking them. Philosophy of Religion invites you to explore the questions of divine existence with the tools of...more
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Published January 1st 2003 by The Teaching Company Limited Partnership
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The author discusses the following arguments for and against the existance of god.

Ontological argument -
When we hear the words ""that than which a greater cannot be thought"", we understand what the words convey, and what we understand exists in our thoughts. This then exists either only in our thoughts or both in thought and reality. But it cannot exist only in our thoughts, because if it existed only in our thoughts, then we could think of something greater than it, since we could think of s...more
Clif Hostetler
These thirty-six lectures are a look at religion from a philosophic point of view (not a look at philosophy from a religious point of view). These lectures take a look a the tools, words and ideas used by religion and evaluates the ability of religion to know what it believes. Following several introductory lectures there are eight lectures examining the various arguments (ontological, cosmological, teleological, divine encounter) for the existance of God. Then there are six lectures exploring t...more
Actually listened to the first set of this three part lecture series. It was somewhat educational but I think the professor would have done better writing about the subject than talking about it (which isn't said often). He was very hard to follow and, ultimately, not that illuminating.
Really good background on the barebones of philosophical inquiry and how they apply to western monotheistic religion, with an emphasis on the problem of evil. Very dry material that's still well presented.
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James Hall is the James Thomas Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at the University of Richmond, where he taught for 40 years until his retirement in 2005. He received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, his Masters of Theology from Southeastern Theological Seminary, and...more
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