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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Fall '15: Yeager, D. (file download)
Fall '15: Yeager D (file download)
Fall '15: van Versendaal, E (description)
Fall '15: Tapie, Matthew (description)
Fall '15: Archer G (file download)
Fall '15: Archer G (file download)
Fall '15: van Versendaal, E (description)
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
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 2015-2016
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 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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