THEO-001 The Problem of God
Fall for 2015-2016
An examination of the religious dimension of human experience and consciousness in relation to a number of problems and challenges: the problem of knowledge; the relation of faith and reason; various historical, social and existential determinants of belief; the challenge of atheism and humanism; the impact of secularization on religion.
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites: None

Course syllabi
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Summer '16: Danner-McDonald, K (file download)
Spring '16: Danner-McDonald, K (file download)
Spring '16: van Versendaal, E (description, file download)
Spring '16: Toom, T. (description, file download)
Spring '16: Laude P. (description)
Fall '15: Slater M (file download)
Fall '15: Sanders T (file download)
Fall '15: Steck, C (file download)
Fall '15: Steck, C (file download)
Fall '15: Ruf F (description, file download)
Fall '15: King, S (file download)
Fall '15: Yeager D (file download)
Fall '15: Yeager D (file download)
Fall '15: van Versendaal, E (description)
Fall '15: van Versendaal (file download)
Fall '15: Toom, T (file download)
Fall '15: Toom, T (file download)
Fall '15: Tapie, Matthew (description)
Fall '15: Archer G (file download)
Fall '15: Archer G (description)
Fall '15: Archer G (description)
Fall '15: Archer G (file download)
Fall '15: van Versendaal, E (description)
Fall '15: Welle, J (file download)
Fall '15: King, S (file download)
Fall '15: Laude P. (file download)
Additional syllabi may be available in prior academic years.

Sections:

THEO-001-03 The Problem of God
Fall for 2015-2016
Tomes, Laura
An examination of the religious dimension of human experience and consciousness in relation to a number of problems and challenges: the problem of knowledge; the relation of faith and reason; various historical, social and existential determinants of belief; the challenge of atheism and humanism; the impact of secularization on religion.
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites: None
THEO-001-04 The Problem of God
Spring for 2015-2016
Faculty:
This is a course that grapples with deep and difficult questions about life, meaning purpose and fulfillment. In other words, it explores the notion of God and fundamental aspects of belief in such a being. The course explores questions pertaining to the concept, nature, existence and efficacy of God. We will look at some essential foundations of theistic belief, the nature and purpose of theological language and also explore some of the traditional arguments that both support and challenge belief in the existence of a loving, all-good, all-powerful and all-knowing deity. To do so we will explore not just philosophical and theological sources but also particular existential questions and approaches. What many believe to be the core challenge to belief in God – the problem and extent of suffering and evil in the world will be the focus of a number of classes, including with reference to classic explorations of such problems from religious and philosophical texts, as well as from literature and film. We will look at accounts of experiences of crises of faith as well accounts of extraordinary religious experience. We will also encounter varieties of atheistic argumentation including the so-called ‘new atheists’ such as Richard Dawkins.
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites: None
THEO-001-05 The Problem of God
Spring for 2015-2016
The purpose of this course is to contemplate ways in which the question of God emerges in human life. We begin from a fundamental human experience: the problem of guilt. In the experience of grave evils in the world and of our own transgressions against others, we come directly to the problem of the divine: can there be a good God? Where does evil come from? Am I ultimately responsible for the wrong that I do? To whom (if anyone) do I owe an account for my crimes? If evil causes a rupture not only with others, but even with the divine, is reconciliation possible? Can God be offended? Can I be forgiven? In keeping with the intimate nature of these questions, none of the readings will be formal treatises. Instead, we will read tragic dramas (Sophocles, Shakespeare), philosophical dialogues (Plato), religious scripture (the Bible), a confessional monologue (Augustine), aphorisms (Nietzsche), and a novel (Dostoevksy), in addition to viewing a recent film (Tree of Life).
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites: None
THEO-001-10 The Problem of God
Fall for 2015-2016
Faculty:
To be added
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites: None
THEO-001-13 The Problem of God
Spring for 2015-2016
Faculty:
An examination of the religious dimension of human experience and consciousness in relation to a number of problems and challenges: the problem of knowledge; the relation of faith and reason; various historical, social and existential determinants of belief; the challenge of atheism and humanism; the impact of secularization on religion.
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites: None
THEO-001-14 The Problem of God
Fall for 2015-2016
Hall, Airen
An examination of the religious dimension of human experience and consciousness in relation to a number of problems and challenges: the problem of knowledge; the relation of faith and reason; various historical, social and existential determinants of belief; the challenge of atheism and humanism; the impact of secularization on religion.
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites: None
THEO-001-15 The Problem of God
Spring for 2015-2016
Faculty:
This course examines the religious dimension of human experience. It considers arguments for and against the existence of God as well as questions relating to the nature of God, human suffering and joy, and religious pluralism and culture.
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites: None
THEO-001-17 The Problem of God
Fall for 2015-2016
Faculty:
This course examines the religious dimension of human experience. It considers arguments for and against the existence of God as well as questions relating to the nature of God, human suffering and joy, and religious pluralism and culture.
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites: None
THEO-001-20 The Problem of God
Fall for 2015-2016
Faculty:
This course examines the religious dimension of human experience. It considers arguments for and against the existence of God as well as questions relating to the nature of God, human suffering and joy, and religious pluralism and culture.
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites: None
THEO-001-22 The Problem of God
Fall for 2015-2016
George Archer
What do we mean when we talk about God? If we believe all we see and read, it
seems that people are arguing about and killing each other over God all the time. And while the
discussion about God and gods is older than civilization itself, the discussion is always turning to new,
very modern concerns. This class is an introduction to all this God-talk, starting in the earliest
historical record and ending in very live debates about science, sexuality, gender, violence, and social
justice.
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites: None
THEO-001-23 The Problem of God
Fall for 2015-2016
George Archer
What do we mean when we talk about God? If we believe all we see and read, it
seems that people are arguing about and killing each other over God all the time. And while the
discussion about God and gods is older than civilization itself, the discussion is always turning to new,
very modern concerns. This class is an introduction to all this God-talk, starting in the earliest
historical record and ending in very live debates about science, sexuality, gender, violence, and social
justice.
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites: None
THEO-001-29 The Problem of God
Fall for 2015-2016
Johnson, Terrence
Drawing on theology, philosophy, literature, visual art and film, this course explores the ethical and political implications of the question W.E.B. Du Bois raised in The Souls of Black Folk: “How does it feel to be a problem?” The question underscores what Lewis R. Gordon calls the “hermeneutical turn” in Du Bois’s search to find meaning in the world behind the veil of blackness. The course will explore the varying degrees to which Du Bois’s question shapes the epistemic terrain of twentieth-century African American religion and sheds light on contemporary existential concerns facing human flourishing.
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites: None
THEO-001-70 The Problem of God
Fall for 2015-2016
An examination of the religious dimension of human experience and consciousness in relation to a number of problems and challenges: the problem of knowledge; the relation of faith and reason; various historical, social and existential determinants of belief; the challenge of atheism and humanism; the impact of secularization on religion.

This course is for SFS-Qatar students only.
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites: None
THEO-001-71 The Problem of God
Spring for 2015-2016
Faculty:
An examination of the religious dimension of human experience and consciousness in relation to a number of problems and challenges: the problem of knowledge; the relation of faith and reason; various historical, social and existential determinants of belief; the challenge of atheism and humanism; the impact of secularization on religion.

This course is for SFS-Qatar students only.
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites: None
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