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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Philosophy of Religion
Module Code TP232
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Ian Leask
Semester 2: Ian Leask
Autumn: Ian Leask
Module TeachersIan Leask
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module provides an introduction to the major themes in philosophy of religion. Firstly, the module explores the phenomenon of religious experience and its expression in symbolic forms. Secondly, it examines how the concept of ‘god’ is articulated in major world religions and in other sources. Secondly, the relationship between the concept of god and human reason will be explored. Thirdly, metaphysical arguments and epistemological problems that emerge with attempting to rationally prove the existence of god will be explored. Fourthly, the question of what evil is will be investigated in the context of belief systems advocating the existence of a god that is benevolent and powerful. Finally, contemporary discussions about the dialogue between science and religion will be addressed.

Learning Outcomes

1. demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a number of key theories and debates in the philosophical discourse on religion;
2. communicate a range of perspectives and arguments that are utilised in discussions about the phenomenon of religious experience, the concept of god, the relationship between faith and reason, the problem of evil, and science and religion;
3. critically analyse a variety of philosophical questions that emerge with the phenomenon of religion;
4. demonstrate through a written assignment an ability to communicate clearly and competently an area in the philosophy of religion within the context of a pluralist, multi-cultural Irish society;
5. develop and further their skills and self-confidence in the area of philosophical analysis, argumentation and methodology.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Directed learning48No Description
Independent Study53No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Concepts of God – Nature and Attributes

Relationship between Faith and Reason

Arguments for the Existence of God – e.g., Ontological, Teleological, Cosmological

Critique of 'Natural Theology'

Problem of Evil

Science & Religion

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Clack, Beverley and Pamela Sue Anderson: 2004, Feminist Philosophy of Religion: Critical Readings, Routledge,
  • Davies, Brian: 2000, Philosophy of Religion: A Guide and Anthology, Oxford UP,
  • Eshleman, Andrew (ed.): 2008, Readings in Philosophy of Religion: East Meets West, Blackwell,
  • Murray, Michael J.: 2008, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion,
  • Zagzebski, Linda Trinkaus.: 2007, Philosophy of Religion: An Historical Introduction, Blackwell,
Other Resources

57899, e-journal, 0, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion,
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