Rationality and Christian Belief

REL909
Fall 2017
T 1:30-3:20pm
Area: 
Area V
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

An in-depth introduction to some important controversies in religious epistemology. A central question of focus is whether the most plausible theory of epistemic justification is able to accommodate the claim that Christian belief is (often) justified. Attention will be given to Swinburne’s evidentialist theory, Plantinga’s contention that key Christian convictions are “properly basic,” Alston’s perceptual model of religious belief, and various alternative proposals.

Background Expected: 

Previous philosophical work helpful but not required.

Course Requirements: 

Up to 100 pages reading/week; weekly attendance and participation in seminar; five 2-3 page response papers, and either two 6-8 page papers OR one term paper of 12-16 pages.

Basis of Evaluation: 

Participation (10%), short response papers (30%), paper(s) (60%)