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Rationality and Christian Belief
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.
Previous philosophical work helpful but not required.
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.
Participation (10%), short response papers (30%), paper(s) (60%)