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THEO-001 The Problem of God
Fall for 2014-2015
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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Spring '15: Danner-McDonald, K (file download)
Spring '15: Fischbach R (file download)
Spring '15: Fischbach, R (file download)
Spring '15: Steenhuisen L (file download)
Spring '15: Steenhuisen L (file download)
Fall '14: McKeown, E. (file download)
Fall '14: Danner-McDonald, K (file download)
Fall '14: Slater, M (file download)
Fall '14: O'Connell, L (file download)
Fall '14: Oskvig, B. (description, file download)
Fall '14: Cline E (file download)
Additional syllabi may be available in prior academic years.

Sections:

THEO-001-03 The Problem of God
Fall for 2014-2015
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 Problem of God
Spring for 2014-2015
Faculty:
  • Mannion, Gerard
  • 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 2014-2015
    Rahel Fischbach
    To conceive of God as a “problem” is closely linked to Western philosophical, theological and
    scientific developments over the past 500 years. Not only has God become a “hypothesis”, but
    religion itself has been increasingly represented as a problem for 'sane' and developed societies – an
    ancient artifact that may be accepted, but has always to be confined to its particular religious private
    sphere. To come to such an understanding of religion, certain intellectual leaps and practices were
    necessary. This class will explore some of the trajectories that led to problematizing God, religion
    and faith, paying close attention to these very concepts themselves and examine how similar
    questions have been discussed in the Islamic tradition. Questions that will be discussed are: Why did
    “God” become a problem? What, exactly, is the nature of this problem? How do these questions
    relate to discussions about religion in society? Finally, what is religion and what is its proper place
    in an ideal society? We will pay particular attention to how revelation has been understood and was
    interpreted throughout history under changing intellectual, political and social conditions. Taking
    modern Islamic approaches to the Qur'?n seriously, we will examine how questions of
    understanding scripture (hermeneutics) relate to questions over society, God and religion.
    Credits: 3.00
    Prerequisites: None
    THEO-001-06 The Problem of God
    Fall for 2014-2015
    Epperly, Bruce
    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-001-10 The Problem of God
    Fall for 2014-2015
    Faculty:
  • Sanders, Theresa
  • To be added
    Credits: 3.00
    Prerequisites: None
    THEO-001-13 The Problem of God
    Spring for 2014-2015
    Faculty:
  • Danner, Kerry
  • 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 2014-2015
    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 2014-2015
    Faculty:
  • Sanders, Theresa
  • 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 2014-2015
    Faculty:
  • Fields, Stephen
  • 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 2014-2015
    Faculty:
  • Danner, Kerry
  • 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-001-29 The Problem of God
    Fall for 2014-2015
    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 2014-2015
    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 2014-2015
    Faculty:
  • Laude, Patrick
  • 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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